San Francisco

Compact fire trucks: A controversial issue simplified

By Logan Dredske The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) is welcoming new and compact fire trucks that will allow for more pedestrian-friendly street design throughout the city. The new trucks are a result of a partnership between the fire department, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Walk San

Traffic enforcement observations target Uber and Lyft drivers as largest offenders

By Sam Sklar A recent scan from San Francisco’s Police Department found that Uber and Lyft drivers were responsible for nearly 65 percent of traffic infractions in bike- and transit-only lanes. The overwhelming majority of these tickets, for all vehicles and for Uber and Lyft vehicles, cited

San Francisco updates planning code with TDM measures

By Mary Ebeling On February 7, 2017, San Francisco approved an amendment to its existing Planning Code Section 169 that incorporates an ambitious transportation demand management program for future residential and commercial development. Working to manage its transportation system across modes in

Beset by complaints, BART’s Twitter resorts to unvarnished honesty

By Eric Sundquist The Bay Area Rapid Transit system’s Twitter account went viral March 16 when, faced with a larger than usual number of complaints, it began responding like this: CHRISTOPHER CHAPPEL ‎@shakatron .@SFBART we’ve come to expect rush-hour equipment problems and train delays

San Francisco approves Transportation Sustainability Fee

By Dan Handel San Francisco hopes to generate nearly $20 million annually with a recently updated transit impact fee on new development. The city is experiencing immense growth and is projected to add over 190,000 jobs and over 100,000 new homes by 2040. The new Transportation Sustainability Fee

Caltrans achieves first state road award from Greenroads

By Robbie Webber The Presidio Parkway Phase I in San Francisco is the first state highway to be awarded a Greenroads certificate, indicating a high level of environmental sensitivity and sustainability during design and construction of the roadway. The project received a Bronze Rating. For years

Beyond mobility—prioritizing accessibility in urban transportation

By Mary Ebeling The San Francisco Transit Accessibility Map is a new online tool showing how much of the city is accessible by transit or walking within a selected travel time. Designed for the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority primarily for agency use, the mapping tool is getting a

San Francisco Bay Area MPO launches interactive performance measure portal

By Eric Sundquist The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which has drawn attention for its rigorous performance measure-driven transportation plan (SSTI webinar here), is expanding its use of performance measures with a publicly accessible portal called Vital Signs. Launched on January 28,

Not being evil: Google pays for bus passes for low-income kids

By Mary Ebeling Google is funding bus passes for more than 30,000 low- and moderate-income youth in San Francisco. This announcement is seen by many as a first step toward greater civic engagement by Silicon Valley tech giants, and city government thinks it is a good first step for partnering

Getting on Board for Health (Alameda County Public Health Department, 2013)

This health impact assessment informed the development of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan. The assessment examined the equity impacts of the RTP within Alameda County, specifically focused on transit-dependent populations and the expected health outcomes that may