On November 4, San Francisco voters will have the opportunity to vote on a $500 million bond that will invest in projects to improve Muni and enhance the safety of San Francisco streets.
The bond would invest in transportation infrastructure projects designed to improve the experience of getting around San Francisco. The bond requires a 2/3 majority vote and would not raise local property tax rates. If it 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 July, with the support of Mayor Ed Lee, the 11 members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to put the bond on the ballot, signifying broad support for moving forward with this investment.
- Through Muni Forward, Muni’s busiest routes will get faster and more reliable. We’ll improve transit stops, support additional Muni service 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We’ll modernize our traffic signal system, improving safety for people walking with pedestrian countdown signals.
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 to 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 to 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.