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The study has been completed and was presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors on November 6, 2012.
Purpose of the Study: to conduct an engineering feasibility analysis and supporting studies on transportation proposals in the Balboa Park (Better Neighborhoods) Station Area Plan and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station improvement plans, refine the long-range vision, and move short-range and mid-range projects toward implementation.
Above rendering from SF Planning Department: San Francisco General Plan: Balboa Park Station Area Plan
Scope and Goals
The study focuses on the BART/Muni transit station/yard functions and site plans, including potential joint development projects. The study emphasizes:
The study includes findings about existing and forecast conditions and preliminary recommendations for improvements 20 years into the future. For selected “fast track” projects that can be implemented within the next several years, the study provides concept plans, preliminary cost estimates, project descriptions, and proposed schedules.
Relationship to Other Plans
The study builds upon several other station area projects and is coordinated with other ongoing projects:
The Balboa Park Station Area Plan was adopted as the official neighborhood land use and circulation plan by the Board of Supervisors in 2009. Developed as part of the San Francisco Planning Department’s Better Neighborhoods Program, it discussed the need to improve connectivity and customer amenities around the station through the creation of a “transit station neighborhood.” It proposed a number of major changes to the station area, including: a transit village on the Upper Yard and BART kiss and ride site near the southwest corner of the Geneva/San Jose intersection, decking over I-280 between Geneva and Ocean to improve station access and reduce freeway impacts, and reconfiguring the Geneva and Ocean freeway ramps.
BART’s Comprehensive Station Plan (2002) provided a vision for the station generally consistent with the City’s Station Area Plan. However, it focused particularly on BART access improvements, such as improving the connection to Ocean Avenue.
The SFMTA’s Balboa Park Station Pedestrian and Bicycle Connection Project (recently completed) is described in detail on the project web pages.
Funding: Prop K Sales Tax, administered by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
SFMTA Project Manager: Frank Markowitz, Sustainable Streets Division, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.701.4500.
Community Outreach Highlights
The meeting was attended by about 40 neighborhood residents and other interested citizens. The meeting started with an introduction by District 11 Supervisor John Avalos. Brief presentations followed by staff from SFMTA, BART, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Attendees then walked through several information/discussion stations, where they could voice opinions on specific issues. They could also express their support or opposition to preliminary recommendations by voting on Improvement Priorities.
The presentation boards for each station were as follows:.
Balboa Park Station Capacity Study Improvement Priority Voting
The Improvement Priority voting results below showed strongest support for: Geneva Avenue transit plaza improvements, i.e., NextMuni/NextBART electronic signs, lighting improvements, canopies; an Upper Yard transit village; and pedestrian enhancements at the Ocean/Geneva/Phelan intersection. The strongest concerns were expressed about the proposal to extend the J Line down San Jose Avenue to a new terminal on 19th Avenue near San Francisco State University and Stonestown, and move the M Line terminal from Balboa Park to 19th Avenue near Parkmerced. This change would allow for the J and K line boarding areas to be separated, creating more boarding space for both lines. However, the J/M terminal move is no longer recommended by the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).
Note: improvements that are already under construction or funded and committed are not shown.
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