This Week: A Deluge of Transportation Planning Meetings

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for city agencies to pack in a last-minute flood of community meetings before the holiday season. The SFMTA will host meetings on Market Street car restrictions and transit lanes, upgrades for the Muni 8X-Bayshore Express, and another public workshop about designs for a protected bikeway on the Embarcadero. Tomorrow, the SFMTA Board of Directors is also set to approve transit upgrades for Van Ness BRT, Haight Street, and bus bulb-outs on Columbus Avenue. The SFMTA and Planning Department will also hold two meetings about re-envisioning transportation in SoMa.

Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday: Weigh in at the SFMTA’s second public meeting about turn restrictions and transit-only lane extensions proposed for Market Street. The plans would prevent private auto drivers from turning onto Market between Third and Eighth Streets. 6 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The SFMTA Board’s meeting agenda includes approval of street changes for Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit, pedestrian and transit bulb-outs along Columbus Avenue, and transit-priority traffic signals and bulb-outs on Haight Street for the 71 and 6 lines. 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: The Planning Department holds an open house on Tuesday to present updates on the Central SoMa Plan, which re-envisions dangerous traffic sewers along the Central Subway with transit lanes, public space, and protected bike lanes. 6 p.m. On Wednesday, SFMTA holds a public meeting on the Waterfront Transportation Assessment, which focuses on SoMa, Mission Bay, and the Central Waterfront. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: The SFMTA will hold an open house on improvements to Muni’s 8X-Bayshore Express, including a mile of transit-only lanes on Geneva Avenue and sidewalk extensions. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: SPUR hosts two events: On Wednesday, a lunchtime forum will focus on how BART should invest in its future (12:30 p.m.). On Thursday, join a walking tour to discuss what makes a truly ideal urban street (5:30 p.m.).
  • Thursday: Come weigh in at the SFMTA’s third Embarcadero Bikeway Public Workshop, focusing on redesigning the segment between Fisherman’s Wharf and Broadway. 5:30 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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  • thielges

    >> Thur, Nov. 20th, 7 – 9 PM

    (forwarded from Larry Ames):

    Lincoln Ave, San Jose “Road Diet”

    meeting by Councilmember Oliverio and WGNA,

    at Willow Glen Elementary (Lincoln and Minnesota) (in the Cafeteria)

    [learn about tentative plans for a pilot program to improve
    Lincoln Ave. in Willow Glen by adding a central left-turn lane and bike
    lanes.

    One can imagine many questions:

    Will car traffic flow more smoothly with left-turns out of
    the way? Will pedestrians feel safer crossing the street? Will
    people enjoy visiting Lincoln Ave shops without driving so much? Will
    local streets be impacted by cut-through traffic? What section of Lincoln
    will be in the program, how long is the program, when and how will it be
    implemented, … “The Devil is in the Details”!]

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