San Francisco examining ways to improve waterfront transit access 

click to enlarge San Francisco is considering extending streetcar service and bike-sharing as it plans new ways to serve the rapidly developing eastern waterfront. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • San Francisco is considering extending streetcar service and bike-sharing as it plans new ways to serve the rapidly developing eastern waterfront.

Bus line extensions to Pier 70, bike-sharing stations, separated pedestrian pathways and transit hubs in the Dogpatch neighborhood are all part of a new Muni plan to improve transportation access to the rapidly growing Bay waterfront.

Three major development projects, including plans to build an arena for the Warriors, are slated to take place on San Francisco’s eastern shoreline in the near future. To accommodate an influx of visitors and residents, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages Muni, is developing a plan to offer better access to The Embarcadero and other streets along the waterfront.

As part of that new program, which is in its development stages, the agency is examining the possibility of setting up a new transit hub on 20th Street, extending streetcar service into Mission Bay, expanding its bike-sharing program beyond the current scope of the Financial District and completing the Blue Greenway, a network of pedestrian and bike paths along the waterfront.

At its board meeting Tuesday, the agency discussed potential private-public partnerships to fund the projects. Over the next two years, the agency will develop and monitor aspects of the plan.

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