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Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project

As part of the Folsom Streetscape Project, the SFMTA proposes to remove a total of 14 trees:

Folsom Streetscape Project - List of trees to be removed

A total of 34 new trees will be planted with a net increase of 20 trees.

To review detailed information, visit Folsom Streetscape Project Tree Removal Summary

Members of the public objecting to this action must protest in writing to the SFMTA. Protest must be made within the posting period, or postmarked no later than the last date of the posting period.

Protests can be sent to the following address:

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency - Streets Division

Attn: Alan Uy

1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102


If the tree removal is protested within the posting period (10/18/21 - 11/17/21), a public hearing will be scheduled. 


Project Introduction

Both Folsom and Howard streets are major three to four-lane arterials, where Folsom Street serves eastbound traffic and Howard Street serves westbound traffic. These couplets were designed for trucks and  cars serving the manufacturing and warehousing industry, which was the dominant use in the post-World War II era.

Over the past two decades, the area has experienced explosive growth in housing and employment, evolving from a manufacturing hub to an employment, entertainment, and residential center with new and larger developments. This growth coupled with a large population of disadvantaged communities has increased  alternative transportation usage. Walkways and bikeways are currently inadequate because the existing roadway is still designed to support and prioritize high vehicle volumes and has not changed with the neighborhood.

Folsom and Howard streets are part of San Francisco’s Vision Zero High Injury Network, where 13  percent of San Francisco's streets endure 75 percent of the total severe and fatal traffic collisions. In 2018, two people were killed on Folsom and Howard. The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will improve safety on these corridors and help the City meet its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities. 

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will make the South of Market Neighborhood (SoMa) a safer and more inviting place to walk, bike, shop, and take transit.

The Project completed the planning phase and conducted in-depth public outreach; the project was approved by the SFMTA board in Spring 2019. Several near-term safety upgrades were completed on both corridors over the last three years. Some outreach will continue to take place to inform the community of final public realm treatments.  

Project Timeline 
2016 - 2019
Spring/Summer 2019
Long-Term Legislation
2019 - 2021
Long-Term Design
Winter 2021/2022
Contractor Bid Out
Construction Begins
Current Phase or Stage
Detailed Design
Predicted Completion
Project Status
Detailed Design
Raised crosswalk at alleys, pedestrian lighting improvements, and bulbouts.
New transit boarding islands and traffic signal upgrades.
Public realm improvements, landscaping improvements, roadway base repair and resurfacing, and utility and drainage improvements.
Two-way bikeways

Community Engagement

Folsom-Howard Community Engagement

  • 1,300 questionnaire Reponses
  • Meetings with 20 community groups
  • 550 people attended open houses
  • Knocked on 165 businesses’ doors
  • 110 meetings with local businesses
  • 150 business loading surveys completed
  • 27,000 open house notification postcards delivered
  • Distributed 600 open house notification posters
  • 100s of hours of staff outreach

The SFMTA has worked in close collaboration with neighbors, local businesses, community groups and users of the Folsom and Howard Street corridors since initiation of the project. 

In Winter 2016, the SFMTA held two open houses and conducted an online survey to take feedback on their values and priorities. In April 2017, two open houses were held to show possible alternatives to the public and request feedback. In January 2019, the SFMTA presented the final proposed long-term designs of the corridor at two open houses.

By working closely with the community to align project goals, the SFMTA was able to secure legislative approval of the project in Spring 2019. We will continue to engage the community in coordination with our partners at Public Works to finalize the public realm elements of the project and to inform users and residents of construction updates. 

Project Timeline

  • Predevelopment: Fall 2015 to Fall 2016
  • Community Values Open Houses: December 2016
  • Community Outreach and Planning: Winter 2016 to Summer 2019
  • Folsom Near-Term Open Houses: July 2017
  • Folsom Near-Term Public Hearing: Fall 2017
  • Folsom Near-Term Legislation: Fall 2017
  • Folsom Near-Term Changes Installed: Winter 2018
  • Howard Near-Term Open Houses: July 2018
  • Howard Near-Term Legislation: October 2018
  • Howard Near-Term Changes Installed: Winter 2019
  • Proposed Alternative for Long-Term Changes Open Houses January 2018
  • Long-Term Legislation: Spring/Summer 2019
  • Folsom Streetscape Project Detailed Design: 2019 to 2021
  • Folsom Streetscape Project Construction: 2022 to 2023
Project video(s)
Project Details, History or Features


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    Contact Information
    Alan Uy, Project Manager
    Adrienne Heim, Transportation Planner