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2022 Climate Roadmap to a Healthier City

Project Introduction


In December 2021, the San Francisco Department of the Environment released the 2021 San Francisco Climate Action Plan which lays out a multisector plan for addressing climate change in San Francisco.

To align with the 2021 San Francisco Climate Action Plan and urgently advance priority actions, the SFMTA is aiming to develop a transportation-specific climate action plan with a shorter time horizon (5-7 years) that will establish the priority actions the agency must pursue in order to reach citywide climate goals. Staff will conduct outreach and quantitative analysis to determine the most effective path to achieving citywide climate goals.

The SFMTA has taken decisive steps to address the climate crisis: 

  • Providing public transportation that generates less than 1% of citywide emissions while moving 700,000 weekday daily passengers 
  • Expanding the network of protected bikeways to 42 miles 
  • Rapidly adding new transit-only lanes to improve transit speed and reliability 
  • Creating safer walking conditions by installing high visibility crosswalks at 200 intersections in a year

But we can do better! More progress is needed for the city to meet its climate goals: By the year 2030, at least 80% of all San Francisco trips are low-carbon trips—trips by transit, walking or biking. By 2030, 25% of private vehicles are EVs, and, by 2040, 100% of private vehicles are EVs. By 2040, the city has net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Implementing the plan will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but will improve co-benefits of health, air quality, mobility, and social equity.

Project Timeline 
Late Winter 2022
Phase 1 of outreach
Spring-Summer 2022
Analysis and plan development
Late Summer-Early Fall 2022
Phase 2 of outreach and Plan approvals
Project Status


Staff will conduct two phases of outreach to identify the priority actions and then provide updates to key stakeholders.

Phase 1: Presentations and consultations with key stakeholders to identify priority actions to analyze. Key stakeholders include: the 2021 San Francisco Climate Action Plan Transportation and Land Use Focus Group, the SFMTA Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC), the SFMTA Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), and the SFMTA Policy and Governance Committee (PAG) in March 2022.

Phase 2: Update key stakeholders on the Transportation Climate Action Plan in Fall 2022 before approval.

If you would like to learn more about the project or have feedback, please contact us at the email below. We are happy to arrange a briefing for you or your organization.

Contact Information
Climate Action at SFMTA