"San Francisco: great city, excellent transportation choices.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is governed by the seven-member SFMTA Board of Directors that is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors. The SFMTA Board is advised by the SFMTA Citizens’ Advisory Council.
The Agency is the City’s mobility manager and operates the entire surface transportation network that encompasses pedestrians, bicycling, transit, traffic and parking and regulates the taxi industry. Proposition E, passed by the voters in November 1999, amended the City Charter, calling for the creation of the SFMTA through consolidation of the Municipal Railway and the Department of Parking and Traffic on July 1, 2002, to support the City’s Transit First Policy, section 8A.115. In November 2007 the voters approved Proposition A which resulted in the SFMTA assuming responsibility for taxi regulation which occurred on March 1, 2009. In the fall of 2009 the SFMTA was extensively transformed to place the emphasis not on any one mode, but on sustainable streets for the City of San Francisco under the assumption that all boats rise on the same tide.
With a workforce of nearly 5,000, the SFMTA is in motion 24 hours a day, every day of the year, ensuring that the streets of San Francisco are safe and sustainable for current and future generations of residents and visitors.
San Francisco Muni
The Municipal Railway, known universally as Muni, is one of the oldest transit systems on the globe, dating from 1912. It is the largest transit system in the Bay Area and seventh largest in the nation, serving more than 200 million customers a year. The Muni fleet is unique and includes: historic streetcars, biodiesel and electric hybrid buses and electric trolley coaches, light rail vehicles, paratransit cabs and vans and the world-famous cable cars.
Transit Effectiveness Project
With the accent clearly on delivering safe, efficient and customer-centric service, the SFMTA, in partnership with the City’s Controller’s Office, performed the first top-to-bottom analysis of Muni service in a generation. Known as the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the SFMTA is utilizing the wealth of data and analysis generated by the TEP to make service changes surgically while also advancing a bold, new universe of market driven transit services aimed at meeting market demand.
All Muni vehicles and customer facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. The Agency also contracts for paratransit services that provide door-to-door taxi and van service for those customers who cannot ride regular Muni vehicles.
As San Francisco’s major industry is tourism, taxis figure prominently in the modal mix. Specifically, more than 6,500 taxi drivers operate 1,477 taxis in the City. Some of these drivers are independents who hold taxi medallions and others work for 31 taxi companies that also own Medallions.
With its focus on sustainable streets, the SFMTA provides multi-modal transportation planning, engineering and operational improvements to the surface transportation network to support sustainable community and economic development within the context of the Transit First Policy. SFMTA staff achieve this by closely coordinating the planning, design, engineering and construction of improvements for each mode across the City’s surface transportation network.
The SFMTA also is responsible for managing 19 parking garages and 21 surface parking lots accounting for 15,000 parking spaces and 24,000 on-street parking meters. Moreover, the Agency oversees 946 miles of lane striping, 1,200 signalized intersections, 6,500 color curb zones, 79 miles of exclusive bike lanes and 98 miles of shared roadways.
SFpark technologies and approaches make parking easier and faster. This means less circling and double-parking, leading to cleaner air, safer streets and a clearer path for Muni vehicles.
The SFMTA’s Integrated Transportation Management System, known as SFgo, employs intelligent transportation technology that replaces a traffic signal and communications infrastructure dating back to the mid 20th Century.
The SFMTA’s Livable Streets Subdivision encompasses the agency’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, Traffic Calming, and School Area Safety programs. Our vision is that San Francisco will lead North America in providing attractive, safe streets and sidewalks and that everyone here will choose to walk and bike for most non-transit travel.
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