Public transit moves hundreds of thousands of people around San Francisco every day, taking them to work, school, home and everywhere in between. Muni, BART and Caltrain are essential to San Francisco – but it’s not always a pleasant ride. Our city’s public transit system is often slow and crowded, with old vehicles and transit routes that have stayed the same as San Francisco has grown and changed.
Through targeted, meaningful investments, Transportation 2030 is designed to make Muni and Caltrain more frequent and more reliable, and to improve access to BART. Funds go toward purchasing new vehicles, making transit stops safer and more accessible, rebuilding aging train tracks, and significantly decreasing travel times on some of Muni’s busiest routes.
In 2014 voters approved the 2014 Transportation and Road Improvement Bond and an increase to SFMTA’s General Fund set-aside for transit and safety, both critical investment in our transportation system. Since then we have put the money to good use, beginning major improvements. We are:
- Upgrading reliability on Muni’s busiest routes through Muni Forward. These projects improve transit stops, modernize Muni’s maintenance methods and reengineer city streets in a way that better organizes traffic.
- Reengineer city streets in a way that better organizes traffic, making people safer
- Improving transit stops by making them safer and more accessible.
- 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, we will be able to keep more buses and trains in service, improving reliability for everyday riders.
- Preparing 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.
Further investments identified by the Mayors Transportation Task Force, would enable us to:
- Reduce crowding and improve service by purchasing new Muni buses and trains. Funding will allow us to expand the Muni fleet and keep us on track to replace all of Muni’s buses by 2019 and its trains within 15 years.
- Make Muni Metro more rapid and reliable by replacing aging train tracks. Many of the rails carrying Muni’s light-rail trains need to be replaced. Transportation 2030 would replace and enhance track rails both now and moving forward.
- Make mid-life overhauls to the Muni fleet standard practice. This industry best-practice extends the lives of transit vehicles and prevents breakdowns. With Transportation 2030, mid-life overhauls would become standard, making Muni more reliable for its 700,000 daily trips.
- Build for the future. Additional new funds would be used to match grants to build large-scale transportation projects of citywide benefit.