San Francisco CTA Neighborhood Transportation Plans

San Francisco, California

San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Sub-consultant to Nelson\Nygaard Associates

2005 - 2010

Community Design + Architecture (CD+A) worked as urban designers on the Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates' Team for a series of Neighborhood Transportation Plans for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). These community-based plans aim to address neighborhood concerns about transportation conditions and to identify solutions and improvements that can be implemented in a three to five-year timeframe. Each of these studies includes a comprehensive community needs assessment that combines technical transportation and urban design analysis with extensive stakeholder outreach. This is followed by the development of transportation solutions and design concepts that are vetted through community input gathered at stakeholder meetings, walking tours, and interactive workshops.

So far, CD+A has worked on five Neighborhood Transportation Plans in the City of San Francisco, including the Mission-Geneva; Tenderloin/Little Saigon; West SoMa; and Bayview neighborhoods as well as Columbus Avenue in the North Beach.

CD+A's work on the Neighborhood Transportation Plans has focused on identifying opportunities for urban design to provide value added to a neighborhood and its residents as part of the proposed range of transportation improvements. Throughout the five projects CD+A has worked on design concepts that have included general pedestrian-oriented design, 'shared streets' that prioritize pedestrian use of the public street realm, transit nodes that emphasize passenger safety and access, 'pavement-to-parks', and 'flex-lanes', a treatment where on-street parking lanes are configured to also accommodate caf seating. Several of the improvements suggested in the Neighborhood Transportation Plans have already been implemented or await funding.