Sunday, July 10, 2016

SFCTA: New TA Study Highlights Better, Faster Westside Transit Access


In collaboration with transit riders and residents, the Transportation Authority has issued a study aimed at creating better, faster transit connections throughout the city’s west side neighborhoods.
The Strategic Analysis Report on West Side Transit Access, initiated by Commissioner Katy Tang, explores several options to make transit more competitive with driving and to improve access to local and regional transit hubs such as Daly City and West Portal.
Among the options highlighted include exploring a rapid service for Muni’s 29-Sunset line; modifying underutilized bus routes, such as the 66-Quintara, piloting methods to encourage carpooling and ridesharing to hubs and providing secure bicycle parking and reducing conflicts at West Portal Station.
Key study recommendations already moving forward include Commissioner Tang’s request for Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) planning funds for Muni to conduct service planning on the 66-Quintara and the programming of Prop AA vehicle registration funds to create more space at the Daly City BART station to accommodate planned local bus service increases including for the 14R-Mission.
The study area encompasses the area south of Golden Gate Park and north of the city line and includes the Sunset, Parkside, West Portal and Golden Gate Heights neighborhoods as well as the areas around Stonestown Mall, Lake Merced and San Francisco State University.


Strategic Analysis Reports (SARs) are designed to inform policy-level decision-making by the Authority Board. Each SAR includes a review of relevant plans and studies, and a strategic analysis of key issues. Technical discussion is condensed, and only the facts essential to outline the policy-level issues are included. In accordance with the Authority's Board-adopted SAR procedures, Draft SARs are first presented to the Committee on which the requesting Commissioner sits. Thereafter, the report is made available for public review and comment. Final draft SARs are presented to the Citizen's Advisory Committee, Plans and Programs Committee and Authority Board for approval.


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