Why it makes sense for San Francisco
Integrating transportation and land use planning is essential to meet the ever growing needs of a vibrant city like San Francisco. Research has proven that development patterns (and their related parking needs) heavily influence transportation choices, and the city’s current and future needs cannot be accommodated through roadway expansion and separated land uses alone. These traditional ways of planning take up precious city land and create a host of negative public and private costs and impacts on our economy, environment infrastructure and society. Compact, mixed-use infill development with streets designed to prioritize transit, walking and bicycling has proven to meet multiple quality of life objectives and is part of a suite of critical strategies to reduce transportation emissions, waste and noise and improve public health through more active lifestyles while minimizing severe and fatal traffic related injuries.
While this type of development ensures that many destinations can be reached through walking, public transit, car-sharing and bicycling, strategic investments will be needed to ensure that the transportation network can meet this demand. Locating new housing and employment centers along transit corridors is only the first step; creating partnerships that identify and provide the needed tools to make these plans and projects successful is vital. These tools include increasing transit peak-period capacity (including fleets and fleet storage) and reliability; walking and bicycling safety and comfort, and travel demand management tools like parking needs for bicycles and car-sharing and household transit passes. By coordinating land-use and transportation planning early in the design stage, we can create better outcomes that meet our city’s overall quality of life goals.
Why it makes sense for San Francisco...(more)
In their own words SFMTA lays out their plans for the San Francisco they envision, and it doens’t include many of us’ – “Locating new housing and employment centers along transit corridors is only the first step; creating partnerships that identify and provide the needed tools to make these plans and projects successful is vital…By coordinating land-use and transportation planning early in the design stage, we can create better outcomes that meet our city’s overall quality of life goals. “
PARTNERSHIPS being the key word here. So far who have SFMTA partnered with? Not the neighborhood groups or the Muni riders. They appear to prefer to partner with Ford, GoBikes, Getaround, Scoot, Uber, Lyft and tech buses, developers and contractors instead.
SFMTA is laying out their plans to privatize the streets and gentrify the city by partnering with more corporate entities and excluding more residents from the decision making process, although it is hard to know how they could exclude too any more people when they ignore the requests of Supervisors and hundreds of citizens that object to bus stop removals.
If you object to handing over mover power to the SFMTA and their friends and allies, please take the time to let our city leaders now how you feel about this top down planning program that would merge the SFMTA with the Planning Department, creating a really big autocratic system of government.
Knowing where this is going you might want to sign the petition to repeal the gas tax and not approve any more taxes or bonds at this time. Staring the monster is a good way to cut down the damage it can do.