In 2006, addressing decades of underfunded infrastructure, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors approved San Francisco’s first citywide, ten-year Capital Plan. It was the first time the City family thought comprehensively about its infrastructure and started down a road to recovery. The City has since received voter approval for major seismic improvements, transportation, and building projects; dramatically increased funding to its streets program; broken ground on and opened new libraries, parks, hospitals, pipelines, transit lines and museums; and increased the funding of our state of good repair renewal needs.
The FY 2016-2025 Capital Plan continues San Francisco’s commitment to protecting its infrastructure by increasing funding for state of good repair renewals and investing in key seismic and service enhancements.
The Capital Plan recommends projects based on the availability of funding from various sources and the relative priority of each project. Enterprise departments (such as the San Francisco International Airport and Public Utilities Commission) can meet most needs from usage fees and rate payers. However, other fundamental programs that serve the general public (such as streets and fire stations) rely primarily on funding from the City’s General Fund and debt financing programs. The FY 2016-2025 Capital Plan anticipates nearly $32 billion in funding across all service areas and department types.
FY16-25 Capital Plan: Capital Funding in 5-Year Intervals (in $millions - includes all funding sources)
FY16-20 FY21-25 Plan Total
By Service Category General Government 46 170 216
Public Safety 1,135 475 1,610
Health and Human Services 749 1,020 1,768
Infrastructure and Streets 5,451 4,056 9,508
Recreation, Culture, and Education 283 372 655
Economic and Neighborhood Development 2,469 1,825 4,294
Transportation 8,302 5,560 13,862
Total 18,436 13,478 31,914
By Department Type General Fund Departments 2,884 2,228 5,112
Enterprise Departments 11,274 6,998 18,271
External Agencies 4,279 4,353 8,531
Total 18,436 13,478 31,914
The investments approved in the Capital Plan allow us to continue on the road to recovery, but even the record levels of anticipated funding remain too small to meet our annual repair and renewal needs. The table below juxtaposes investments that will be made by the City’s General Fund over the next ten years with the level of need that cannot be met with the current funding projections. The deferred funding for facility and streets renewals includes the current backlog, which totals $1.1 billion.
FY16-25 Capital Plan: General Fund Summary – Funded vs Deferred (in $millions - includes all funding sources)
Program Subprogram Funded Deferred
(Includes current backlogs)
Facilities 595 650
Streets 874 695
Other right-of-way assets 220 -
(Renewal Subtotal) 1,689 1,345
Enhancements Earthquake Safety 1,956 144
Accessibility 175 -
Parks & Open Space 300 -
Street Infrastructure - 1,982
Other 992 51
(Enhancement Subtotal) 3,423 2,177
Total 5,112 3,522