Kick off meeting for Central Subway Extension to be held on Thursday, September 27, 6-8 PM at the Joe DiMaggio Playground Community Building (651 Lombard Street). This is an important opportunity to provide input, ideas, concerns, etc. as well as to learn more about the current data and plans.
CENTRAL SUBWAY EXTENSION
Russian Hill Neighbors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency invite RHN members to participate in a walking tour of the possible route and potential station locations and other features of the proposed CENTRAL SUBWAY EXTENSION TO NORTH BEACH AND FISHERMAN’S WHARF.
This will be an opportunity to learn about this major transportation improvement that could result in two stations serving Russian Hill residents.
Date: Monday, July 23, 2018 Time: 6:00 – 8:00
Location: Union Street at Columbus Avenue (precise location to be determined).
The purpose of this event is to provide residents, businesses an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and to provide their reactions and input into the planning of the Central Subway extension. Further information about the proposed subway extension can be found at: https://www.sfmta.com/projects/central-subway-extension
If you are interested in participating in this event, please e-mail me at Stephen@sstaber.com or call me at (415) 990-8104. When responding, please leave your name and contact information.
Steve Taber, RHN Transportation Chair
Our effort to get the Central Subway extended to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf is making progress. The MTA is finally starting up the alternatives analysis and community participation phase of the project. In this phase, the MTA will meet with representatives of neighborhood organizations in the service area of the proposed extension to discuss with them the proposed subway extension and ideas that they may have. Russian Hill Neighbors is working with the MTA to schedule such a meeting in the near future. If you are interested in participating in one of the sessions, please contact Stephen Taber, RHN’s traffic and transportation chair, at Stephen@sstaber.com, or (415) 990-8104. The MTA’s description of the proposed extension and the process it is following can be found by clicking here.
On the political font, our new Mayor, London Breed, in one of her campaign statements said, “I will get the Central Subway extended to Fisherman’s Wharf, and, as Scott Wiener says, make sure we are always digging a new subway.” We look forward to working with Mayor Breed to make this vision a reality.
The SFMTA To Consider Residential Permit Parking Reforms On June 5, 2018. At its June 5th meeting, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider proposed changes to San Francisco’s Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program. The meeting will be held at San Francisco City Hall (Room 400) @ 1P.M.
The SFMTA recently completed a comprehensive evaluation of the program, which combined extensive data collection and analysis with a robust public engagement process. As part of this evaluation, the SFMTA conducted more than a dozen community workshops, six open houses and meetings with neighborhood and business associations throughout the city to solicit community feedback about a range of possible reform measures.
The list of proposed RPP Program changes to the Transportation Code are:
• Simplify the Transportation Code language for designating, rescinding or modifying a residential parking permit area;
• Limit the number of residential parking permits in all newly established RPP Areas:
o no more than one permit per person and no more than two permits per address
o up to 4 permits allowed if there is available on-street parking on the block
o exempt permits issued for health care or childcare workers from the 2 per household limit
• Make it easier for new parents to obtain in-home care by eliminating the petition process for an in-home care provider;
• Allow a resident licensed to operate a family child care home to obtain a permit for use by an assistant care provider working at the home; and
• Add a “paid+permit” tool to the parking management toolkit, where visitors parking in RPP areas would be required to pay, rather than adhere to posted time limits. Drivers with valid permits would continue to park for free all day.
To learn about the RPP Evaluation and Reform Project or sign up to receive project updates, please visit our website at www.sfmta.com/neighborhoodparking.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may submit your comments to Kathryn Studwell, Program Manager, Residential Parking Policy, at email@example.com.
It’s here! The SFMTA’s year in review, captured in the 2017 Annual Report Streets for All.
It’s a behind-the-scenes look at all we do to deliver a safe, reliable, sustainable and equitable transportation to the great city of San Francisco. At over 100 pages, it captures the progress our unified transportation agency made last year, as well as stories about the people we serve. The SFMTA is grateful for the past year’s accomplishments – from bringing the first new Muni light rail train onto the Metro system, to seeing significant progress on street safety with Vision Zero.
ConnectSF is the citywide effort to collectively build an efficient, equitable and sustainable transportation system for the future of the city. We are asking San Franciscans about their vision for transportation in San Francisco, looking as far out as 2065, and what they would prioritize.
Lombard “Crooked Street” Study now available
Thank you for your interest in the Lombard Crooked Street Study. The project team appreciates the time, attention and feedback that residents and neighborhood groups have given to this effort.
Now for the latest news: You can download a copy of the final report from our website.
The report includes four recommendations to help manage the congestion of pedestrians and vehicles related to the Crooked Street. The recommended strategies are:
In March the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board (comprised of the SF Board of Supervisors) will discuss the report and give direction on which recommendations merit further study.
We will send out an email in advance of that meeting once it has been scheduled.
If you are unable to attend the meeting and want to send comments, please contact Andrew Heidel, Senior Transportation Planner, via email.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the Lombard Study website.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is leading a study on managing access to the “Crooked Street” at the request of Supervisor Mark Farrell, District 2, as part of the Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP). The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate a range of options to manage visitor access and circulation on Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets while maintaining the character of the block and avoiding spillover effects into adjacent streets. Project goals include:
- Managing pedestrian congestion
- Managing auto congestion
- Ensuring traffic safety
- Maintaining access to the “Crooked Block”
- Maintaining livability of the surrounding neighborhood
- Preserving tourism
- Implementing a financially-viable solution
SFCTA staff held a Community Open House with residents and others on September 13, 2016 at Yick Wo Elementary School. In addition to community meetings and technical work, the SFCTA is conducting an online survey about potential ways to manage access to the “Crooked Street.”
The link below can be used to access the display boards presented at that event, and access the survey: http://www.sfcta.org/NTIP-lombard-crooked-street_study
The Polk Streetscape Project is an effort to increase safety for everyone traveling on Polk Street between McAllister and Union streets. It will also incorporate paving, sewer and water infrastructure improvements from Union to Beach streets. For more detail click Polk St Draft Construction Notice.
Russian Hill Neighbors, through Transportation Chair Steve Taber, has made progress toward getting the Central Subway extended to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf, which will provide subway service to Russian Hill residents. An October, 2014 report showed that the extension would serve more than 41,000 riders daily, increase speed of travel by 50%-65% over current bus service, and would get the highest possible rating in the competition for Federal funding.
The next step is to conduct a detailed design development and community outreach, to final the design concepts and provide the technical work needed to proceed with environmental analysis and approval of the project. Through our advocacy efforts, the MTA staff has included this work in the upcoming 2016-2018 capital budget, with an allocation of $1.25 million.
We now need to show the MTA that there is substantial community support for this project and to involve the community in planning for this important addition to our transit system. Your support is essential to our efforts. If you want to be informed of opportunities to have your voice heard, Please contact Russian Hill Neighbors and let us know of your interest. We will keep you informed of opportunities to be heard. E-mail us at Transportation@rhnsf.org.
With your help, we can make this tremendous transportation improvement a reality. For more specifics check sfnexTstop.org.