The city of San Francisco has received $11 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop transportation technologies aimed at reducing traffic congestion and creating a safer and more efficient transportation system.
“San Francisco is pioneering advanced transportation technologies that will address traffic congestion, protect our environment and allow for a smarter and more equitable transportation system for all San Franciscans,” said Mayor Edwin Lee. “I thank Secretary Anthony Foxx and our federal partners for their leadership and for rewarding San Francisco’s innovative proposals with important federal support.”
Six transportation initiatives funded by the grant will be implemented and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in a private-public partnership with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), and with support from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. These initiatives are slated to create:
- New high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for public transit and carpools;
- Dedicated curb space for pickup and drop-off by carpools;
- Smart traffic signals to reduce congestion and improve safety;
- Connected Vision Zero Safety Corridors to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists;
- A connected, electronic toll system for the congestion pricing program at Treasure Island; and,
- The deployment and testing of electronic, autonomous shuttles serving intra-island trips on Treasure Island.
“San Francisco has led the way with far reaching policy initiatives like our landmark Transit First Policy, our aggressive Climate Action Plan, and unique equity efforts like the Muni Service Equity Strategy,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “These exciting pilot programs will further our work to ease congestion, fight climate change, improve public transit and achieve our Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities across San Francisco.”