SFMTA to Add and Upgrade Signals on Sunset Boulevard
Release date: Jan. 26, 2012
*** Press Release ***
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, today activated a new traffic signal on Sunset Boulevard at Quintara Street, an intersection that previously had a two-way stop on Quintara, as part of a larger pedestrian safety program for this major corridor that includes improved signal timing for pedestrians, additional traffic signals and pedestrian countdown signals to be installed by the end of 2013.
“In the Sunset District we face the challenge of creating an environment that is good for pedestrians while keeping a large amount of traffic moving smoothly,” said District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu. “Improving pedestrian safety is especially important at such locations where there are schools nearby so that we encourage our students to walk and take transit.”
“San Francisco has been consistently named one of the most walkable cities in the country,” said Edward D. Reiskin, Director of Transportation. “The SFMTA’s pedestrian program has since its inception reduced pedestrian injury accidents by 27 percent. These efforts keep our city moving while providing better options for walking and bicycling.”
Near-term improvements include more time for pedestrians to cross at the other signalized intersections and a signal crossing for pedestrians and traffic at Quintara Street. New traffic signals are planned for installation at Kirkham, Santiago and Ulloa streets along with new pedestrian count-down signals at Irving, Lawton, Pacheco, Rivera, Vicente and Ocean streets in late 2013. It is the SFMTA’s practice to include pedestrian countdown signals when installing any new traffic signals.
This month’s signal timing changes were made on Sunset Boulevard to increase the cycle lengths from 60 seconds to 75 during peak travel time and 65 seconds at all other times. The timing progression has also been redesigned to accommodate the planned new signals. The new timing plan will likely decrease vehicle speeds, but it has been optimized for two-way traffic while accommodating the new signals, pedestrian crossing times and traffic and transit flow. The SFMTA will monitor the changes closely and adjust them as needed.
Four separate federal and Proposition K (local sales tax) grants, totaling $2.35 million, were secured to fund these corridor improvements.
For more information on the SFMTA’s pedestrian planning and safety efforts, please visit sfmta.com/walk.
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