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West Portal Station Safety and Community Space Improvements - Original Proposals

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Map shows proposed changes for the West Portal Area. West Portal Avenue's center lanes, in both directions, would be for transit and commercial vehicles only between Ulloa and Vicente. On Ulloa, the center lane eastbound would be transit and commercial vehicles only betweeen Wawona and West Portal. Betwen West Portal and Claremont, all west bound traffic would be limited to transit and commercial vehicles. Turns to westbound Ulloa would be eliminated at Ulloa and Claremont. Lenox Way would become one-way in the southbound direction.

As part of the West Portal Station Safety and Community Improvements Project, these proposals use tools proven to improve traffic safety. These include: 

Physically protect the bus stop on the north side of Ulloa at Lenox, such as with bollards.  

Improve intersection safety by clearly defining pedestrian, vehicle, and transit movements at the West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street intersection. The proposals would reduce conflicts between private vehicles, people walking and transit vehicles, and limit cut-through traffic by: 

  • Allowing only right turns for drivers heading east on Ulloa Street at West Portal Avenue 

  • Allowing only right turns for drivers heading north on West Portal Avenue at Ulloa Street 

  • Restricting westbound traffic on Ulloa Street at West Portal Avenue to transit and commercial vehicles 

Adding transit lanes to clarify lanes available to private vehicles given new turn restrictions. With the new turn restrictions at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street, fewer lanes would be needed for private vehicle travel. We would convert the center lanes on West Portal Avenue between Ulloa and Vicente streets to transit lanes in both directions. On Ulloa Street, the westbound lane would be converted to a transit lane between Claremont Boulevard and Lenox Way, and the center eastbound lane between Wawona Street and West Portal Boulevard would become a transit lane. Private and commercial vehicles could still use the right lanes on West Portal Avenue.  These changes could also deter double-parking. 

Converting Lenox Way to one-way southbound and narrowing the intersection to only right turns for drivers at Ulloa Street. This change would reduce the risks from two left turns through the busy crosswalk across Lenox Way directly outside the West Portal Branch Library. By converting Lenox Way to one-way southbound traffic, drivers on Ulloa Street could no longer turn onto Lenox Way. Additionally, while the left turn is already illegal for southbound drivers on Lenox Way at Ulloa Street, new soft-hit posts would narrow the intersection and make it significantly harder for drivers to turn left. Drop-offs at West Portal Elementary would be preserved by allowing for dropoffs on the east side of Lenox Way for families driving southbound.  

Providing more dedicated, and protected, pedestrian space directly outside West Portal Station. At the entrance to West Portal Station, street space currently used by SFMTA operations vehicles would be converted to pedestrian and community space. This space could potentially allow for community-supporting murals, seating, planters, bike share stations or other priorities to support the commercial corridor and neighborhood at large.  

Street with some space reserved for pedestrians defined by bollards on the outside and a painted mural and planters holding trees and other plants.

Examples of materials that could be used to mark pedestrian-only space such as street murals, planters and bollards. 

Modifying the 57 Parkmerced bus’s route and one stop location.

The 57 Parkmerced’s last inbound and first outbound stop is currently at the southwest corner of Ulloa Street and West Portal Avenue. This stop and layover space would move across the intersection on Ulloa Street just east of West Portal Avenue.    The route would change for one block as well. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop on Ulloa between Claremont Boulevard and West Portal Avenue before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue.

The 57 Parkmerced’s last inbound and first outbound stop is currently at the southwest corner of Ulloa Street and West Portal Avenue. This stop and layover space would move across the intersection on Ulloa Street just east of West Portal Avenue.  

The route would change for one block as well. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop on Ulloa between Claremont Boulevard and West Portal Avenue before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue. 

Modifying the 91 Owl bus’s route and one stop location.

Currently, the 91 Owl serves its final stop directly outside West Portal Station before its layover period there. Since that stop location would be converted to community space, the layover location and the last inbound and first outbound stop would move to the stop used by the 48 Quintara-24th Street at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street.    Additionally, the 91 Owl would no longer turn around directly in front of West Portal Station. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue.  

Currently, the 91 Owl serves its final stop directly outside West Portal Station before its layover period there. Since that stop location would be converted to community space, the layover location and the last inbound and first outbound stop would move to the stop used by the 48 Quintara-24th Street at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street.  

Additionally, the 91 Owl would no longer turn around directly in front of West Portal Station. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue. 

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Accessible version of Geary Boulevard Improvement Project timeline infographic

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Graphic showing construction schedule for the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project. 

  • Outreach began before 2023 and continues throughout the duration of construction. 
  • Quick-build transit and safety treatments by the SFMTA began in Fall 2023 and lasted for a few months. This included bus lanes, bus stop changes, pedestrian safety treatments, and roadway striping changes. 
  • Utility upgrades by the SFMTA are planned to begin in early 2025 and last until mid-2027. This includes water main replacement from 32nd Avenue to Stanyan; sewer main replacement from 31st to 24th and 14th to Stanyan; and fiber optic cable conduits from 25th to Stanyan.
  • Major transit and safety improvements by the SFMTA are planned to begin in late 2026 and last until late 2027. This includes bus bulbs, pedestrian bulbs, upgraded traffic signals, roadway repaving, and community enhancement (treatment TBD)

Potrero Yard Modernization Project Bus Facility Updated Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Plan, March 2024

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The SFMTA and Potrero Neighborhood Collective (PNC) are pleased to announce that the updated Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Plan for the Potrero Yard Bus Yard Infrastructure Facility has been posted. Visit here to view the updated LBE Plan.

The LBE Plan includes the approach to LBE participation for the Bus Yard. It also outlines the expectations that PNC (the Lead Developer) and its Design-Builder will need to adhere to for LBE compliance purposes. The updated LBE Plan for the Bus Yard was developed following feedback received on the draft LBE Plan during the comment period from January 12–29, 2024. Thank you for your input. If you have questions about the LBE Plan, please reach out to SFMTA Contract Compliance Office at PotreroYard@SFMTA.com or PNC LBE Liaisons at PotreroYard@plenaryamericas.com.

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Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) System Use Policy and Impact Reports

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The Speed Safety System Use Policy and Impact Reports shall be made available for public review, including, but not limited to, by posting it on the designated jurisdiction’s internet website at least 30 calendar days prior to adoption by the governing body of the designated jurisdiction.

Potential Automated Speed Enforcement Camera Locations

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Interactive Web Map of Potential Automated Speed Enforcement Locations:

The web map combines various data points used for the methodology in proposing 33 initial automated speed enforcement cameras in San Francisco. For more information on the program, visit the Speed Camera project page.

 

Potential Automated Speed Enforcement Locations:

ID

District

Street Segment

Posted Speed Limit

85th Percentile Speed

Number of Daily Vehicles > 10 MPH Over Posted Limit

Percentage of Daily Vehicles > 10 MPH Over Posted Limit

Reasoning for ASE

1

1

Fulton from 43rd Avenue to 42nd Avenue

30

34

450

3.1%

  • Adjacent to Golden Gate Park entrance (Chain of Lakes)
  • Several uncontrolled crosswalks in vicinity

2

1

Fulton from 2nd Avenue to Arguello

30

35

1110

4.5%

  • Adjacent to Golden Gate Park entrance
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (3)

3

1

Geary from 7th to 8th Avenue

25

35

4440

14.2%

 

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (4)
  • Commercial corridor with heavy transit use

4

2

Bay from Octavia to Gough

25

32

1010

5.8%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (4)
  • Concentration of schools and pedestrians, park access

5

2

Franklin from Union to Green

25

26

100

0.7%

  • Recent QB project addressed intersection safety but did not significantly impact speeds
  • Three schools along corridor

6

3

Columbus from Lombard to Greenwich

20

29

1340

11.3%

  • Concentration of pedestrians at a complex intersection, along a heavily used transit corridor
  • Schools, parks, playgrounds, senior service sites within 20 MPH zone

7

3

Broadway from Powell to Stockton

20

28

1920

8.5%

  • Transition from tunnel speeds
  • Concentration of seniors, children, pedestrians in Chinatown

8

3

Embarcadero from Green to Battery

30

36

1140

5.6%

  • Exploratorium, parks, heavy pedestrian crossings, people on bikes on Embarcadero
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (6)

9

4

Lincoln from 27th to 28th Avenue

30

38

1890

9.2%

  • Three uncontrolled crosswalks in vicinity
  • Mid-point of speed-related collisions on Lincoln

10

4

Sloat from 41st to Skyline

35

41

920

6.3%

  • Three uncontrolled crosswalks in vicinity
  • People on bikes, transition speed from Skyline

11

5

Geary from Webster to Buchanan

30

34

660

2.9%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (8)
  • Presence of seniors and pedestrians crossing Geary

12

5

Turk from Van Ness to Polk

20

25

310

4.9%

  • Elementary school block with concentration of schools, senior service sites, healthcare facilities, and shelters
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (6)

13

6

Mission from 8th to 9th Street

20

29

1690

11.8%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (8) and mid-block collisions (9)
  • Cluster of social services and healthcare facilities within 20 MPH zone

14

6

7th Street from Harrison to Folsom

25

30

650

4.2%

  • Transition from freeway to city street
  • Elementary school block with concentration of health-care facilities

15

6

10th Street from Harrison to Folsom

25

31

1150

5.5%

  • Wide one-way street (4 travel lanes)
  • Concentration of senior service sites and shelters

16

6

9th Street from Bryant to Harrison

25

30

680

3.4%

  • Transition from freeway to city street
  • Wide one-way street (4 travel lanes)

17

6

Harrison from 4th to 5th Street

25

36

2330

24.7%

  • Middle school block with concentration of social service sites in the vicinity
  • Wide one-way street (4 travel lanes)

18

6

Bryant from 2nd to 3rd Street

25

35

2030

15.4%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (5, including 2 severe)
  • South Park and pedestrians along corridor

19

6

King Street (NB only) from 4th to 5th Street

30

36

1040

6.1%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (9, including 2 mid-block)
  • Transition from freeway to city street

20

7

Ocean Avenue from Frida Kahlo to Howth

25

27

340

1.8%

  • WB transition from freeway to city street
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (6 total, including 2 severe)

21

7

Monterey from Edna to Congo

25

35

2580

16.6%

  • Long residential block with uncontrolled crosswalks in vicinity
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (3, including one severe with bicyclist)

22

8

Market Street from Danvers to Douglass

30

37

870

7.8%

  • Two speed-related injuries (one severe with bicyclist)
  • Residential block with uncontrolled crosswalk

23

8/9

Guerrero from 19th to 20th Street

25

29

520

3.0%

  • Residential block with heavy pedestrian crossings
  • Two speed-related serious injuries and history of mid-block collisions

24

8

San Jose Avenue from 29th to 30th Street

30

33

420

2.0%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (7)
  • Mixed-use commercial and residential land uses

25

9

16th Street from Bryant to Potrero

25

28

340

2.9%

  • Franklin Square playground and field, shopping center
  • History of mid-block crossings (9 injuries, including one fatality), uncontrolled crosswalks in vicinity

26

9

Cesar Chavez from Folsom to Harrison

25

30

750

4.4%

  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (9, including 2 severe)
  • Heavy bike traffic in unprotected bike lane

27

10

Cesar Chavez from Indiana to Tennessee

25

35

4320

21.2%

  • Transition from freeway to city street
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (9, including one severe)

28

10

3rd Street from Key Avenue to Jamestown Avenue

25

29

350

4.0%

  • Transition from freeway to city street on block with school
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (5)

29

10

Bayshore Blvd from 101 off-ramp to Tunnel Ave

35

39

1040

3.8%

  • Transition from freeway to city street
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (7)

30

11

Geneva from Prague to Brookdale

35

42

2010

10.1%

  • Crocker Amazon Park, uncontrolled crosswalks in vicinity
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (7)

31

11

San Jose from Santa Ynez to  Ocean Ave

25

33

330

7.8%

  • Balboa Park
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (4)

32

11

Mission from Ottawa to Allison

20

30

1520

17.2%

  • Neighborhood commercial corridor with 20 MPH speed limit
  • Two speed-related injuries

33

11

Alemany from Farragut to Naglee

35

44

1960

14.8%

  • Cayuga Park and playground
  • Concentration of speed-related injuries (7)