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New Plan Would Transform Three Alleyways in West SoMa

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Three alleyways in the city’s motor-dominated South of Market (SoMa) area could be transformed into pedestrian-friendly havens with a new plan approved by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board yesterday. The Western SoMa Neighborhood Transportation Plan would bring traffic-calming measures like chicanes, greening, pedestrian bulb-outs and raised crosswalks along Minna and Natoma Street between […]

New Study Analyzes Traffic Around Former Central Freeway

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The Central Freeway sections damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 have been replaced by such a distinctive Octavia Boulevard, for many San Franciscans the double-decked behemoth that used to dominate the neighborhood has become a distant memory. Most of the traffic the freeway carried, however, has not disappeared and now city planners are […]

Central SoMa Open House

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From the Planning Department: Please join us on Tuesday, November 18th for a community open house and update on the Central SoMa Plan. Since 2011, the Planning Department has worked to provide vision and strategy for the Central SoMa neighborhood, located in the vicinity of 4th Street between Townsend and Market streets. The Central SoMa Plan […]

BART Will Study Second Transbay Tube, West Side Extension

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Updated 11:06 p.m. with comments from BART Board-elect Nick Josefowitz. BART says it will formally study the decades-old ideas of building a second Transbay tube and extending service to SF’s western neighborhoods. Ellen Smith, BART’s acting manager for strategic and policy planning, recently told a SF County Transportation Authority Board committee (comprised of SF supervisors) […]