What is Connect SF?

Currently, there are several long-range transportation and land-use plans, studies, and strategies underway, both within San Francisco and the region. Grounding these plans in shared values and priorities will help ensure these efforts are coordinated.

Guided by community input, Connect SF will define a 50-year vision for San Francisco’s future that represents our priorities, goals and aspirations as a city and a part of the region.
The more we learn about the priorities, concerns, and challenges of today’s San Franciscans, the better we can prepare for our future. We encourage you to be a part of this process. Connect SF asks: What does the future of you want the future of transportation in San Francisco to look like to you?

Over the next three years, Connect SF will coordinate the following transportation plans and projects:

  • Subway Vision
    Establishing a framework for expanding the subway network in San Francisco
  • San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP) 2040
    A focused update to the San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP) adopted in 2013. The 2013 SFTP is the blueprint for San Francisco’s transportation system investment over 30 years, through 2040.
  • San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP) 2050
    Following the focused update to the 2013 2040 SFTP (anticipated in 2017), we will start a further and more far-ranging update process which will look out to the year 2050.
  • Transit Modal Concept Study
    A Transit Modal Concept Study, which will identify and prioritize initial major public transportation investments within San Francisco. Results from this technical study will be incorporated into the various plans discussed above.
  • Freeway and Street Traffic Management Strategy
    Looking specifically at the City’s streets and freeways.
  • Transportation Element Update
    An update to the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan. The General Plan serves as the City’s guiding planning policy document and the Transportation Element is intended to guide all transportation-related planning decisions in San Francisco – thus it is vital that it be up-to-date.


Why is this necessary?

Building and managing complex transportation systems requires carefully coordinated planning many years in advance. Currently, there are many long-range transportation and land-use plans and projects – both within San Francisco and the region. Connect SF will create a framework to:

  • Ground these plans in shared values and priorities that will better coordinate future planning;
  • Measure progress toward the future that will meet the needs and aspirations of our communities;
  • Make decisions and build needed transportation improvements more quickly;
  • Secure more funding from regional, state, and federal sources; and
  • Identify possible solutions to the challenges we see today, including congestion, traffic safety, equity, accessibility and connectivity.


Why should I get involved?

Transportation affects everyone’s daily lives; whether you walk, drive, carpool, car-share, bike, or take public transit. The decisions we make today will have lasting effects for generations to come – just as projects of the past affect our daily lives now. The more we learn about the priorities, concerns, and challenges of today’s San Franciscans, the better we can prepare for our future.


How can I get involved?

There will be many opportunities to learn more about Connect SF and tell us what you want for the future of transportation in San Francisco. Right now, you can take our online survey or check out our Community Events page for details. You can also sign up for email news and updates.


But San Francisco has transportation problems that need to be addressed now. Why aren’t you working on that?

You’re right, and we are. Connect SF builds upon transportation improvement initiatives that are already underway: Muni Forward, safety and reliability improvements, street improvements in support of Vision Zero, the Central Subway, Van Ness Improvement Project, new transit vehicles to replace aging fleets, new Transbay Transit Center, new transit-friendly development…the list goes on. But it is important to understand that many of the transportation problems of today are a result of choices made decades ago; that is why Connect SF is an important effort to proactively prevent these problems in the future.


Who is leading Connect SF?

Connect SF is a collaborative effort facilitated by the San Francisco Planning Department, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), and the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco.

Questions? Contact us at connectsf@sfgov.org