SFMTA Polk Street Project Open House

From SFMTA:

After reviewing all of the public feedback from the community meetings and surveys, analyzing the technical feasibility of each option, and considering how best to balance the project goals, we will finalize a recommendation for how to improve the safety and comfort of Polk Street.

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