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Thanks to Mayor Ed Lee, the Board of Supervisors and local voters, San Francisco approved two funding measures in November 2014 dedicated to improving transportation citywide.
The 2014 Transportation and Road Improvement Bond passed as Proposition A with 72 percent of the vote, dedicating $500 million to the city’s transportation infrastructure. Voters also approved Proposition B with 61 percent of the vote. This measure adjusts funding for transportation each year based on population growth.
The new funds will invest more than $500 million in the city’s transportation infrastructure, improving Muni and making city streets safer for everyone, no matter how you travel.
As these critical investments move forward, we’ll track progress on this page by posting project updates, official reports and information about how to get involved.
The November 2014 measures are the first in a series of funding measures to make it safer and easier to get around San Francisco by investing locally in our infrastructure. The benefits of these investments will touch every neighborhood in San Francisco and improve transportation now and for the future.
All projects funded by the 2014 bond should be completed by 2022. Some project schedules and details remain in development, and projects may receive funding from other sources in addition to the local funding measures. Read the most recent Transportation and Road Improvement Bond status report for more details on schedule, funding and the project selection process.
Explore our project map and the project lists below to learn more about how we’re improving transportation citywide thanks to local support.
Proposition A passed in November 2014 with 72% of the vote, dedicating $500 million to invest in the city’s transportation infrastructure. Blog
Over the years, underinvestment and decreasing Federal funding has left Muni buses and light rail crowded and our streets in disrepair. Not only is the population growing, but people are also traveling in different ways—choosing Muni, walking, bicycling, taking taxis, or vehicle sharing instead of driving. By prioritizing investments to improve traffic safety on City streets for all users and investments that make Muni safer and more reliable, the SFMTA is improving daily life for the 1 million people who move around San Francisco every day. The results of these investments include faster trips on some of Muni’s busiest routes, wider sidewalks, safer crosswalks, and more well-defined. In 2014, voters approved funding to make these investments possible.
The November 2014 funding measures will improve reliability and reduce travel times on some of Muni’s busiest lines. They will also modernize Muni maintenance facilities, invest in upgrades to Caltrain, purchase new Muni buses, improve access to public transit and revamp major transportation corridors with safety and connectivity in mind. These investments complement other SFMTA funding sources and grants already dedicated to capital and operating improvements. Highlights of recent progress appear bellow.
Moving Muni Forward
Muni Forward brings together multiple projects and planning efforts to create a faster, safer, and more comfortable experience for Muni customers. The initiative incorporates service changes that better reflect today’s travel patterns as well as capital projects that improve reliability and reduce travel times. Across the system there has been a 10% increase in service implemented in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016. We launched four new routes, increased the frequency of service on 34 lines, and expanded service hours on 10 express routes. Muni Mobile, a smartphone app that lets customers conveniently purchase tickets, made its debut in 2016.
- N Judah: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- L Taraval: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 5 Fulton: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 7 Haight/Noriega: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 9 San Bruno: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 10 Townsend: Sansome Contraflow Signals
- 14 Mission: Inner Mission Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 22 Fillmore: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 28 19th Avenue: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
- 30 Stockton: Transit Priority Project Learn more.
Ridership on Caltrain has more than doubled since 2004 and continues to grow. The 2014 bond will fund two projects that will enhance safety and support service increases on Caltrain, improving this critical commuter rail service connecting San Francisco and the Peninsula.
The Muni Fleet of the Future
The SFMTA has put more than 147 new upgraded buses in service and is on track to replace the entire bus and electric trolleybus fleet by calendar year 2019. The Agency also approved a $648.0 million contract to replace Muni’s light rail vehicle fleet, with the first new vehicles arriving in 2016. To expand service and continue to improve reliability, the SFMTA has proposed expanding its light rail fleet to as many as 260 cars over the next 15 years, pending the availability of funds.
Affordability, accessibility and equity are integral to the City and SFMTA’s work and values. The 2014 revenue measures include funding for accessibility improvements throughout the system.
With the 2014 bond, some BART and Muni stations will get new elevators, escalators or station entrance canopies. These projects will make Muni and BART safer, cleaner and more accessible for riders. In addition, numerous accessibility improvements are integrated into other programs, such as Muni Forward, signals upgrades, and pedestrian safety.
Modernizing Muni 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, improving reliability citywide.
Re-envisioning Major Corridors
By upgrading the streets that anchor San Francisco’s transportation system, the whole transportation network becomes more reliable and efficient. This program will redesign key corridors with interconnectivity in mind, creating a comprehensive, integrated, efficient network that works for every travel mode.
The November 2014 measures will invest in projects that make the transportation network safer no matter where you’re going or how you get there. Through smart investment in the transportation network, we’ll move closer to Vision Zero, the City’s goal of eliminating traffic fatalities in San Francisco by 2024. The 2014 General Obligation bond includes over $300 million in infrastructure upgrades to help make Vision Zero a reality, and 25 percent of the population-based funds support Vision Zero safety goals. The SFMTA will use the November 2014-approved funding to leverage other funding, ensuring an even greater number of improvements.
In 2014, SFMTA had committed to completing 24 Vision Zero safety projects in 24 months. The agency exceeded the goal, completing 30 Vision Zero projects in the allotted 24 months. In the next year, more than 13 miles of San Francisco streets will see safety improvements, with major work getting underway on high-priority corridors like 2nd Street, Polk Street and Masonic Avenue. The SFMTA’s work to achieve Vision Zero also includes enforcement of traffic laws, advocacy for public policy changes, evaluation and monitoring, and new efforts to inform the public through education and outreach. Highlights of other recent progress appear bellow.
Protecting People Walking
The City’s WalkFirst program will inform the development of projects in this category. WalkFirst used a data-driven process to identify the streets most in need of safety upgrades to protect people walking. Some of the first projects funded by the November 2014 funding are installing new traffic signals where none currently exist, creating a safer environment for people walking and bicycling. The map at the top of the page shows the location of approved projects, with additional locations in development.
Building Complete Streets
Complete Streets projects emphasize designs that put people first by building safety and livability into the transportation system. These projects include upgrades like raised sidewalks, speed humps, well-defined bikeways and shortened street crossings. By making transit, walking and biking more attractive options, Complete Streets projects support the City’s Transit First Policy.
Modernizing Traffic Signals
In San Francisco, the average age of a traffic signal is 35 years old, with some as old as 70 years. The November 2014 measures will invest in new traffic signals to build a safer, more efficient and less congested transportation system. The new signals will include pedestrian crossing signals to improve safety for people walking. These signals are programmable to make traffic flow more smoothly, and they are easier to see. The projects in this category will receive funding from both measures. The map at the top of the page shows the location of approved traffic signal projects, with additional locations in development.
San Francisco repaved more than 20 percent of city blocks with funding from the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond. Thanks in large part to the 2011 Bond, in 2015, San Francisco’s pavement condition improved for the fourth straight year. With additional funding from the Streets Bond, the City has been able to pave more streets than ever before, resulting in a steady increase of the citywide average score and toppling the 10-year average of 64. Public Works resurfaced and treated a record-high 927 blocks in fiscal year 2015, eclipsing the last record set in 2014 when 913 blocks were resurfaced.
Despite this progress, but more than half of the city’s roads are still in need of repair or repaving. To create smoother, safer roadways citywide, we need a long-term, dependable funding source for road repairs and improvements. The 2014 measures do not fund road repair projects. Future voter-approved funding is needed to ensure we maintain our streets in the most cost-effective way possible and ensure a smooth ride for drivers, transit riders, and people on bikes.