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Release date: SFMTA Hosts U.S. Secretary of Transportation

*** Press Release ***

On Tuesday, October 16, 2007, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board Chairman Rev. Dr. James McCray, Jr. and SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters and regional transportation leaders, Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers; Caltrans District Director Bijan Sartipi; Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Steve Heminger; and San Francisco County Transportation Authority Executive Director Jose Luis Moscovich.

Secretary Peters came to San Francisco to tour the SFMTA’s SFgo Transportation Management Center and see firsthand the elements of San Francisco’s Traffic Management System and Smart Parking Program. These congestion management initiatives are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Urban Partnership Program grant awarded to San Francisco in August.

“We believe that the solution to today’s traffic problems do not have to be just about building new roads and infrastructure. San Francisco’s leaders understand that this city has always led when it comes to innovation and creativity. From its iconic street cars to the engineering marvel of the Golden Gate, this city has a history of boldness in its ideas on transportation,” stated Secretary Peters. Ford added, “The SFMTA is committed to developing and implementing these technologies that will not only make parking easier, but also alleviate traffic congestion, reduce pollution and improve transit.”

The USDOT designated the San Francisco Bay Area as an Urban Partner and awarded $158.7 million in Federal grant funds to implement innovative congestion relief programs in the region. The SFMTA will lead two components of this program: SFgo Arterial Traffic Management System and San Francisco Smart Parking.

SFgo Arterial Traffic Management System has already been implemented on a limited basis in San Francisco. Now, with this funding, upgrades in signal controllers and software can be added to the following major corridors: Geary, Polk, Van Ness, Franklin, and Gough.

The Smart Parking program envisions the use of real-time technology and electronic payment systems at the 12 City-owned garages and on-street parking in conjunction with variable message signs, static guide signs, 511, and internet functionality. Additionally, in-pavement sensors will connect to meters to monitor parking use and help motorists find parking more quickly and easily.

Read Secretary Peters' comments and see photos from the event on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Web site.

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