SFMTA Announces Schedule of Upcoming TEP Workshops
Release date: March 12, 2012
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced a schedule of outreach workshops for the next phase of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), a joint effort by the SFMTA and the City Controller’s Office that aims to transform Muni so that people can get where they want to go more quickly, reliably and safely. The SFMTA will host 10 TEP community workshops in March and April to review the TEP proposals, facilitate future community involvement and shape the final proposals.
“The TEP has been and will continue to be a powerful prioritizing tool for improving Muni,” said Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors. “Public input will be vital to this process as the TEP provides a road map for Muni’s transformation during the coming decade.”
“The good work underlying the TEP provides us with the first opportunity in a generation to systematically improve Muni service,” said Edward D. Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “As a Transit First city, we need to be smart about how we improve transit to make it an attractive, reliable choice for San Franciscans. The TEP is a significant part of how we’ll get there.”
The TEP travel time reduction proposals that will be covered in the workshops include various traffic engineering and transit stop treatments, such as lane modifications; traffic signal and stop sign changes; transit stop changes; parking and turn restrictions; and pedestrian improvements. When combined with other initiatives such as new and ongoing Muni Operations improvements (e.g. all-door boarding) and transit signal priority, these proposals are expected to reduce Muni travel times by 15 to 30 percent and improve service reliability.
This series of citywide workshops will provide San Francisco residents an opportunity to learn about the in-depth proposals for Muni’s rapid network and help staff refine them as part of the environmental review process. Nine of the workshops will be held around the city and will focus on neighborhood-specific changes. The 10th meeting will cover all proposals citywide and be held at SFMTA headquarters. The first meeting will be on Saturday, March 31. The detailed proposals for each meeting’s topic will be released in advance of that meeting.
In October 2008, the SFMTAB endorsed the TEP for the purpose of environmental review. In December 2011 the SFMTA and the San Francisco Planning Department held public scoping meetings to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) that will evaluate the environmental effects of the proposed TEP.
For updates and additional information, please visit sfmta.com/tep.
TEP Workshop Schedule
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