13. Transportation

Emerging Projects

Project Name Description
SFMTA – Barrier Removal:  Access
to Transportation and Wayfinding
Accessible vertical access to the metro system is a primary requirement to ensure an accessible path of travel.  Currently, the majority of San Francisco’s stations have only one elevator to provide access to each of the street and concourse levels, and these elevators are frequently out of service.  When one elevator is out of service, it renders the entire station inaccessible to persons with disabilities, who then are unable to reach their destination. From 2015-2020, SFMTA Accessible Services received 208 citizen-initiated complaints related to the five underground stations that are solely operated by the City (I.e., Van Ness, Church, Castro Forrest Hill, West Portal), related to the elevator or escalator feature being out of service or unusable by people with disabilities. 
The provision of Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) is another key component of accessible travel in San Francisco.  While the City has a plan to ensure APS is added to an intersection whenever new construction occurs in that intersection area, the funding need to address requests for APS at specific intersections by residents who are blind or low vision far exceeds the amount of funding currently available for the APS program. APS is a critical safety feature needed within the disability community. To date, SFMTA has provided APS features at 27% of its total signalized locations, and adds them whenever new construction is scheduled. SFMTA has 77 outstanding APS request complaints from blind and low vision individuals. Of these, 53 will be addressed in work that is scheduled within the next 1-2 years. 
SFMTA – Line Extension Projects In addition to the renewal and enhancement programs, emerging needs at the SFMTA include the T-Third line extension to Fisherman’s Wharf, the F-Line Extension to the Fort Mason Center, and major upgrades to the M-Ocean View line, as well as planning for sea level rise and increasing rail capacity. Other further emerging major corridor projects are being identified in the Transit Corridors Study in ConnectSF.
Multiple Departments – ConnectSF In addition to strengthening and adapting vulnerable infrastructure, the City is also working to make sure that the development of the transportation network supports San Franciscans’ vision for the future. With the help of thousands of residents who participated in focus groups, surveys, and targeted outreach, ConnectSF developed a vision, goals, and objectives that will guide the city’s long-range transportation planning. In the next phase of work, the City and partner agencies will make sure that plans, policies, and investments support the ConnectSF vision through the Transit Corridors Study, the Streets and Freeways Study, and the San Francisco Transportation Plan 2050.
SFO – Emerging Projects The Airport completed a recommended Airport Development Plan (ADP) in September 2016. The recommended ADP defines a series of recommended projects that would accommodate potential growth up to approximately 71.1 million annual passengers, serves as a roadmap to guide long-term Airport development, and supports the Airport’s overarching strategic objectives. Recommended ADP projects include a new terminal concourse, replacement of the Central Garage, and improvements to the International Terminal Complex.
The recommended ADP is currently undergoing required environmental review which started in July 2017. Projects included in the recommended ADP will not necessarily be undertaken, but could be added to future capital improvement plans when and as they are warranted by traffic growth or other factors, subject to all applicable approvals.
SFCTA – I-280 Interchange
Improvements at Balboa Park 
Recommendations from the Balboa Park Station Area Circulation Study, adopted by the SFCTA in June 2014, include realignment of the southbound off-ramp from I-280 to Ocean Avenue and closure of the northbound on-ramp from Geneva Avenue. Both provide extensive pedestrian and safety benefits while minimizing traffic impacts to I-280 and the surrounding areas. The rough order of magnitude estimate for planning, design, and implementation is up to $21 million for the southbound ramp and up to $7.3 million for the northbound ramp.