These goals shaped the ConnectSF vision and will form the basis of the city’s long-range transportation planning work moving forward.
San Francisco is an inclusive, diverse, and equitable city that offers high-quality, affordable access to desired goods, services, activities, and destinations.
To support a thriving economy, people and businesses easily access key destinations for jobs and commerce in established and growing neighborhoods both within San Francisco and the region.
The transportation and land use system support a healthy, resilient environment and sustainable choices for future generations.
Safety and Livability
People have attractive and safe travel options that improve public health, support livable neighborhoods, and address the needs of all users.
Accountability and Engagement
San Francisco agencies, the broader community, and elected officials work together to understand the City’s transportation needs and deliver projects, programs, and services in a clear, concise, and timely fashion.
Shaped by community input, the vision for San Francisco’s transportation future will guide the rest of the ConnectSF program.
What is ConnectSF?
ConnectSF is a city-led, multi-year process to envision, plan and build a more effective, equitable, and sustainable transportation system for our future. A 50-year vision of San Francisco’s future was designed through a collaborative community process that included over 5000 individuals and 60-plus organizations that represents our collective priorities, goals, and aspirations as a City within the larger Bay Area. The vision will guide plans and policies for the City and its transportation system.
Why do we need ConnectSF?
ConnectSF is planning ambitious, once-in-a-generation transportation projects – the kind that take many years to plan and construct. City agencies and residents must work together now to build a more effective, equitable, and sustainable transportation system for the future.
ConnectSF will create a framework to:
- 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
- Identify possible solutions to the challenges we see today, including congestion, traffic safety, equity, accessibility, and connectivity
What are the trade-offs needed to make the vision a reality?
As San Franciscans, we must be willing to shift our thinking and behavior to be more expansive – to think about how our actions can have an impact beyond our front doors, our parking spaces, and our neighborhoods.
The City must change the way we plan and deliver transportation improvements. Individuals and community groups must be engaged more meaningfully in plans and projects that affect them.
How does ConnectSF work?
ConnectSF consists of three phases.
PHASE 1 of ConnectSF focused on establishing a collective, community-driven vision. In 2017, the City embarked on a visioning process led by community input from more than 5,000 San Francisco residents to define a 50-year vision of San Francisco’s future that will represent our priorities, goals, and aspirations as a City within the larger Bay Area. Check out the ConnectSF Vision!
As part of the visioning process, the City also embarked on a subway visioning process. This effort established a framework for expanding the subway network in San Francisco. Over 2,600 ideas were submitted from the community, with two groups of corridors emerging from the feedback to be further studied. Check out the ConnectSF Subway Vision!
PHASE 2 of ConnectSF is the current phase. During this phase, ConnectSF will identify residents, workers, and visitors’ existing and future travel needs and options; develop major projects for our City’s transit system, streets, and freeways to meet these needs; and narrow in on a list of priority project concepts based on technical evaluation and the public’s priorities.
PHASE 3 of ConnectSF will take the work done in Phases 1 and 2 to guide the completion of two policy-related documents:
- San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP) 2050
The SFTP establishes the City’s transportation priorities and positions San Francisco for regional, state, and federal funding. It will integrate findings from the ConnectSF studies to determine the best financial investment strategy to build projects that will make progress towards the Vision.
- Transportation Element Update
This effort represents the development of a new 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.
Why should I care about ConnectSF?
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. ConnectSF seeks to prepare the city’s transportation network to meet our future needs.
A program this big needs to hear from all voices.
How can I get involved?
There will be many opportunities to give feedback as part of ConnectSF. Check the Events Calendar for details about events and presentations. Please sign up for email news and updates so that your voice is heard!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send questions via the ConnectSF website contact form.
San Francisco has transportation problems that need to be addressed now. Why aren’t you working on that?
We are. ConnectSF builds upon transportation improvement initiatives that are already underway: new vehicles for Muni, BART, and Caltrain, Muni Forward, street safety improvements in support of Vision Zero, the Central Subway, new transit-friendly development… the list goes on.
The more we’re able to build upon existing initiatives and continue to learn about the priorities, concerns, and challenges of today’s San Franciscans, the better we can prepare for our future.
What are you doing to address equity?
Equity guides ConnectSF. ConnectSF staff has received training and resources from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and is actively incorporating tools and practices that seek to ensure racial equity considerations are part of the process. For more information about the Futures Task Force, check out the Vision outreach summary report.
We will continue to work with individual communities to guide how we apply equity to our work. The future of transportation will reflect people’s aspirations and current realities. Broadening and deepening the engagement to voices not frequently heard in the planning process will continue to be a key priority of the communication strategy.
The feedback gathered will inform what projects are developed under ConnectSF. ConnectSF will reflect a connected city that respects local preferences to achieve common, citywide goals.
What comes next?
There are many opportunities for you to get involved. Check out the Events Calendar page for the most updated information on outreach and events. Sign up for email news and updates!
Who is leading ConnectSF?
The City is leading this collaborative effort with four agencies working collectively as the “ConnectSF team”: