PA group of interested parties organized by SFMTA and the Civic Center Community Benefit District has been meeting for several months in an effort to improve the patron experience in the around the SF Performing Arts Center, as it relates to parking and traffic. We have conducted site surveys and consulted with representatives with knowledge about parking, taxi, traffic, garages, arts organizations, evening ambassadors and city administrators. On most evenings, those without a performance at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Civic Center Garage has many available parking spaces and the Performing Arts Garage has few if any spaces. This causes traffic jams, pedestrian hazards and frustration for all even those merely trying to drive past the performing arts buildings on Franklin. Learn about our Fall Parking Experiment.
Better Market Street Project
The Better Market Street Project is an initiative between city agencies and community partners to improve and enhance one of the oldest streets in San Francisco. Market Street cuts across the City for three miles from the waterfront at the Ferry Building to hills of Twin Peaks at the base of Castro. This project aims to improve the overall experience for residents, merchants, shoppers, and people visiting Market Street. The Better Market Street Project is an opportunity for the City to collect and analyze comments on how to improve and reinvigorate this public realm. This project is in the visioning process and the goal is to reshape and redesign Market Street to coincide with the planned resurfacing of this corridor in 2014.
Van Ness Improvement Project
Construction on the Van Ness Improvement Project, including Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), is set to break ground this fall. It will bring a much-needed and globally-proven solution to improve transit service and address traffic congestion on Van Ness Avenue, a major north-south street and the continuation of Highway 101. It will also bring upgrades to the sidewalks and wider street area for everyone who lives and works along this dynamic street to enjoy. Van Ness will undergo major upgrades to revitalize one of San Francisco’s most prominent corridors and its aging infrastructure for the next generation. That means safety improvements for all — especially pedestrians — and upgrades for the water and sewer systems, brighter and more efficient street lights, new landscaping and rain gardens, road repaving and new overhead wires for our Muni buses. Rendered image of Muni buses driving in rec-colored transit-only lanes on Van Ness Avenue with pedestrians walking in the crosswalks. So, what is BRT? Essentially, it’s a set of street design and technology upgrades to make transit faster and more reliable. Features like center-running transit-only lanes and traffic signals that give priority for buses are all combined to make the bus transit experience feel more like rail — with much less capital investment required. For more details and updates, check out our Van Ness Corridor Transit Improvement Project webpage. And learn more about how our city and state departments are working together on Van Ness’ massive makeover in this video from the SFGovTV series, “What’s Next SF?”:
Civic Center BART Station
The City of San Francisco owes much of its global appeal to the unique character of its neighborhood commercial districts. OEWD’s Neighborhood Economic Development Division is responsible for the ongoing support and improvement of the City’s many neighborhood commercial districts. The overall goals of the division are to create cleaner, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods in order to increase the quality of life for the City’s residents and workers; and to create economic opportunities for residents of the City’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.