This November, San Francisco voters could have the opportunity to make Muni more reliable, decrease travel times on Muni’s busiest routes, improve safety for people walking and biking, and prepare for the growth expected in the city in the coming years.
The City is proposing a $500 million general obligation bond to invest in much-needed and long-awaited transportation infrastructure projects throughout San Francisco. The bond, which requires a 2/3 majority vote, would not raise local property tax rates. If the bond passes, the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission(MTC) has committed to providing matching funds to enhance the local investment in San Francisco’s transportation network.
In May, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and all 11 members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced the bond legislation, signifying broad support for moving forward with this important investment. If approved by the Board of Supervisors by July 22, the bond will be on the local ballot on November 4, 2014.
Improved Transit: $358 million
- Through Muni Forward, Muni’s busiest routes will get faster and more reliable. We’ll improve transit stops, modernize Muni’s maintenance methods and reengineer our streets in a way that better organizes traffic. These investments will save Muni riders up to an hour every week in travel time. $230 million
- We’ll reduce breakdowns by modernizing Muni maintenance facilities. Some Muni facilities are more than 100 years old and ill equipped to adequately maintain today’s fleet, let alone tomorrow’s. By modernizing Muni’s facilities, Muni can keep more buses and trains in service for customers. $70 million
- Transit stops will be safer and more accessible. BART and Muni stations will get new elevators and escalators, and we’ll upgrade station signage so it’s easier to read and more useful for customers. $30 million
- We’ll prepare our transit network for the future. A portion of the funds will go toward planning and designing large-scale transportation projects of citywide benefit, such as bus rapid transit and Caltrain’s downtown extension. $28 million
Safer Streets: $142 million
- We’ll install proven safety features on our most dangerous streets. Sixty percent of serious and fatal traffic injuries occur on just 6 percent of city streets. We’ll focus on these streets first, with proven safety features such as pedestrian signals, lighting enhancements, traffic calming measures and wider, more visible crosswalks. $68 million
- People biking and people driving will have more space to themselves. We’ll build up to 27 miles of safer, better-defined bikeways that protect all road users. As bikeway projects are prioritized, the city will work closely with communities to ensure proposals meet local needs. $52 million
- We’ll modernize our traffic signal system, improving safety for people walking with pedestrian countdown signals. $22 million
Through smart investment in our transportation network, we’ll move closer to Vision Zero, the City’s goal of having zero traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024. The 2014 bond includes over $300 million in infrastructure upgrades that’ll help make Vision Zero a reality.
The 2014 transportation bond is part of the City’s 10-Year Capital Plan, which invests in infrastructure projects that improve public safety and our neighborhoods. Other recent bonds have invested in San Francisco’s roads, parks, libraries and fire stations, making our great public assets even greater.