City to Celebrate Completion of Rail and Street Improvement Projects
Release date: December 7, 2012
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages all surface transportation in the City, joins District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, city agencies, and neighbors to announce that the Church and Duboce Track and Street Improvement Project and the Carl Street Rail Replacement Project have been completed. A celebration of this endeavor will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11a.m. on the southeast corner of Church and Duboce, behind Safeway. The two-year project provides upgraded Muni tracks and signals, enhanced streetscape elements and new public art.
“This project is a great example of city government and the community working in partnership to improve both transit and pedestrian safety. I’m proud that we were able to get this done for the community,” said District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener.
“I am pleased to thank our city agency partners, and most importantly to thank the Church and Duboce residents for their participation in making this an outstanding new neighborhood hub,” said MTA Board Chairman, Tom Nolan. “It is this spirit of collaboration and cooperation that manifests in successful transitions like this one.”
Streetscape and infrastructure improvements to the neighborhood include:
“We are very proud to be able to bring these significant improvements to this vital neighborhood. Our joint efforts have produced a much safer, far more attractive and efficient way for transit riders, cyclists, and people on foot to make their way around. I want to thank the neighborhood for their patience during construction and congratulate the whole community and our partners for a job well done,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation.
“This project really showcases what we can do as city agencies working together with the community to improve the streetscape, when it comes to safety and attractiveness,” said Mohammed Nuru, the City’s director of the Department of Public Works, which helped coordinate, design and construct the upgrades. “Pedestrian bulb outs, a dedicated bike plane, decorative streetlamps and public art truly enhance the neighborhood experience.”
The San Francisco Arts Commission debuted new public artwork at the intersection of Church and Duboce made possible with art enrichment funds from the SFMTA and the Public Utilities Commission. In response to the community’s request for more seating in the area, artist Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe created a permanent art installation, Domestic Seating, comprised of nine cast metal replicas of domestic chairs donated by local residents installed along the sidewalks adjacent to the busy intersection. According to the artist, "The artwork involves an exchange between the private and public. To me it is a way to create a shared experience amongst the residents and commuters."
“The tactile quality of Primitivo’s chairs, the way he captures the texture of worn wood or the softness of a pillow in solid metal, is impressive,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “The installation of these intimate and familiar objects in an unexpected environment inspires the viewer to create stories about the former domestic existence and owners of these chairs. We’re happy these new additions to the neighborhood will provide a place for rest and enjoyment for years to come.”
Speakers at the event will also include: Director of HOPE and former District 8 Supervisor, Bevan Dufty, Peter Cohen (Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association) and Kit Hodge (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition).
These projects showcase collaboration between various city agencies and local community groups including the SFMTA, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Department of Public Works, City Planning Department, San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). Most of the $29 million to fund the project came from the Federal Transit Administration. Since 2008, the SFCTA has provided over $5.4 million in Prop K transportation sales tax funds for design and construction.
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