Focus on the Future 2017


Self-Help Counties Coalition will be working with the host county to set-up interesting and timely tours of various projects taking place around the San Francisco area. 

Focus on the Future Technical Tour Descriptions

MUNI CENTRAL SUBWAY – Behind the Scenes

Muni’s Central Subway is taking shape 70 feet below ground, with four new stations being constructed to extend the 3rd Street Light Rail line from its terminus at 4th and King Streets in the South of Market area to Chinatown 1.5 miles to the north. The project will add a surface station south of Bryant Street and dip underground at a portal under I-80. From there it will continue north to stations at Moscone Center, Union Square—where it will provide passenger connections to the existing Powell Street BART/Muni Station— and at Chinatown, where the line will terminate. The Central Subway is expected to carry nearly 73,000 passengers a day, making it the second most utilized rail project in the Federal New Starts Program. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is leading the $1.58 billion project, which is over 65% complete. 

Location: 821 Howard Street project office (.3 mile walk from hotel).

Estimated Duration:  2.5 hours (includes 1 hour for safety training, signing liability waiver and issuing protective gear). Please note the following attire requirements: 1) For safety reasons, it is required that participants wear full-length pants on site. Guests wearing shorts, capris, skirts or dresses will not be allowed onto the construction site. 2) Shoes must be close toed, leather, and have a defined heel. Shoes that fit this description would be walking shoes, hiking boots or work boots.

Maximum Capacity: 15 people

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TRANSBAY TRANSIT CENTER TOUR – San Francisco’s Grand Central of the West

The Transbay Transit Center/Caltrain Downtown Extension (TTC/DTX) project will transform downtown San Francisco and regional transportation well into the 21st Century. The project consists of three interconnected elements: replacing the outmoded terminal with a modern terminal (that will serve 11 transit systems); extending Caltrain 1.3 miles from Fourth and King streets to the new TTC at First and Mission streets, with accommodations for future high-speed rail service (northern terminus); and creating a new transit-friendly neighborhood with 3,000 new homes (35 percent of which will be affordable) and mixed-use commercial development. The total program budget is currently estimated at $6.2 billion in year-of-expenditure dollars.

Phase 1, budgeted at $2.26 billion, is well under construction and is comprised of the TTC, bus and pedestrian ramps, and the train box, which is the underground portion of the TTC building that will house the Caltrain and high-speed rail station.  The TTC is expected to reach substantial completion by the end of 2017 with bus operations beginning in spring 2018.

Location: First and Mission Streets (.5 mile walk from hotel or BART one stop to Montgomery for shorter walk)

Estimated Duration: 2.5 hours

Maximum Capacity: 15 people

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BAY BRIDGE and YBI VISTA POINT TOUR – Creating Connections to the Future

Please click here for your invitation! Take in the stunning views of the Bay from Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island, the site of a new sustainable development program for which the SFCTA is undertaking a comprehensive mobility management and infrastructure improvement program, together with partners Caltrans, Bay Area Toll Authority and Treasure Island Development Authority.  SFCTA will also be testing autonomous shuttles in partnership with US DOT and local developer Treasure Island Development Corp. See several recently delivered projects including the I-80/YBI Westbound Ramps project, the beautiful East Span SF-Oakland Bay Bridge and its popular bicycle/pedestrian path which terminates at the new YBI Vista Point, a relaxation and rejuvenation area that sits at the Path’s western terminus. YBI Vista Point offers seating, hydration facilities and sweeping views of the east span of the Bay Bridge and City of Oakland.

Location: From conference hotel, board a shuttle to Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island via the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge, stopping at 3 locations: Treasure Island (the site of future bus/ferry terminus, facing SF mainland), YBI Westbound Ramps, and YBI Vista Point and East Span of the SFOBB. 

Estimated Duration:  3 hours

Maximum Capacity:  20 people

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BETTER MARKET STREET – Vision Zero in Practice

After a surge in traffic fatalities in 2013, San Francisco leaders adopted Vision Zero – a goal to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. To meet this goal, the City is implementing quick, cost effective treatments to prevent deaths and serious injuries along its most dangerous streets. This walkshop will highlight sustainable infrastructure projects including pedestrian safety facilities, buffered bike lanes, contra-flow bicycle infrastrucuture and Muni bus priority and BRT lanes being planned on or adjacent to Market Street, from Civic Center to Octavia Boulevard. At the end of the walking tour, participants can also join a bike tour of the area’s protected bike lanes and innovative facilities.

Location: Meet at SFCTA offices, near Van Ness Muni station

Estimated Duration: 1.5 walking tour, 1 hour bicycle tour

Maximum Capacity: 15 people

Additional Info:  Scroll down to walkshops section of the page