When changes to transit, parking or bike lanes roll into a San Francisco neighborhood, one complaint is voiced as regularly as a sea lion’s bark:
“We never heard about this project!”
Well, apparently the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was listening.
The SFMTA on Tuesday will unveil its new citywide project map, an online tool aimed at helping residents see what transit projects are blossoming in their backyards.
“This is something we heard from people, that they wanted to see something like this,” said Erica Kato, an SFMTA spokesperson.
Though the SFMTA previously had a Google map with some projects overlaid atop it, she said, it was lacking in features and navigability.
This new interactive map can parse projects by category, such as Vision Zero pedestrian safety projects, improvements to bus and light rail lines, parking changes, street redesigns and new bike projects. The SFMTA is currently working on 64 projects that affect bicyclists, from redesigning current bike lanes to be safer to creating brand new bike lanes in The City, according to the new interactive map. A few clicks also reveal the SFMTA is working on 68 Muni-related projects, from new street design changes to make the 14-Rapid speedier to bus stop changes along the 19-Polk route.
The map is fairly straightforward: A number of outlines across The City show individual transit projects, and a click of that project outline prompts a description to pop up on the right side of the screen, accompanied by a link to a webpage for that specific project.
Perhaps the map’s most robust features allow users to search project by neighborhood, or by each district represented on the Board of Supervisors.
The Outer Sunset, for instance, is host to 35 SFMTA projects right now, including a study of the 66-Quintara Muni route and the Lower Great Highway Pedestrian Improvements Project. The Marina District right now is playing host to the 30-Stockton Transit Priority Project, which will see some bus stops removed and sidewalks widened, and the Lombard Street Safety Project, which will see high-visibility crosswalks installed on the corridors and other safety treatments to aid pedestrians.
This ability to drill down to the neighborhood-level is at the heart of the new map, Kato told the San Francisco Examiner. “This is a way for people to see the spatial relationships between our projects, how it effects their neighborhoods, or where they’re working,” Kato said. “What it does is give people context.”
The map is updated in real time and displays projects led by the SFMTA, or led by other city agencies in partnership with the SFMTA, Kato said. It has been live for about a month as SFMTA staff beta-test it, but the agency is officially announcing it Tuesday evening.
SFMTA considers the map a work in progress, and is soliciting comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and in an online survey.