The Planning Department is conducting environmental review of the TEP in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The environmental review process provides decision-makers and the general public with an objective analysis of the immediate and long-range specific and cumulative environmental impacts of a proposed project on its surrounding physical environment. In California, environmental review is two-fold in purpose: to disclose the impacts of a project and to ensure public participation. The San Francisco Planning Department serves as the Lead Agency and will prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) to evaluate the environmental effects of the proposed Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).
For Information on the TEP Program, please visit the SFMTA Web page for the TEP: sftep.com
Responses to Comments
The Planning Department has prepared a Responses to Comments document for the TEP Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This document, along with the Draft EIR and any errata, will be before the Planning Commission for Final EIR certification on March 27, 2014. Please note that the public review period ended on September 17, 2013. The Planning Commission does not conduct a hearing to receive comments on the Responses to Comments document, and no such hearing is required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Interested parties, however, may always write to Commission members or to the President of the Commission at 1650 Mission Street and express an opinion on the Responses to Comments document or any errata, or on the Commission’s decision to certify the completion of the Final EIR for this project.
Members of the public are not required to provide personal identifying information when they communicate with the Planning Commission or the Planning Department. All written or oral communications, including submitted personal contact information, may be made available to the public for inspection and copying upon request and may appear on the Department’s website or in other public documents.
A Community Guide to the Transit Effectiveness Project from the SFMTA
Many comments received on the Draft EIR relate to the merits of the TEP proposals and not to physical environmental effects of the TEP. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has developed A Community Guide to the Transit Effectiveness Project. This document addresses merit comments received in response to the Draft EIR, and other comments received as part of various public outreach initiatives. This guide provides an overview of the TEP and presents information that particularly addresses concerns related to route restructuring, stop consolidation, parking removal, and trade-offs for those traveling by private automobiles. Further, it should be noted that the SFMTA is continuing to refine proposals as projects move into the implementation phase based on extensive public feedback and engagement with stakeholders. Therefore, the proposals described in this document may have been modified. For the most up to date information on specific proposals please visit www.sfmta.com/tep.
Supplemental Service Variants for the TEP EIR Memorandum to the San Francisco Planning Commission
As a result of comments received on the Draft EIR and ongoing Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) outreach, the SFMTA has proposed several supplemental variants to the Service Improvements component of the project and a related minor modification to the Service-related Capital Improvement component of the TEP. These Supplemental Service Variants and OWE.1 Variant were defined at a point when the Responses to Comments document (RTC document) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was well into production and too late to be included in that document. Therefore, this memorandum has been prepared to present the Supplemental Service Variants and the OWE.1 Variant, and assess their physical environmental impacts in the context of the analyses of the TEP in the EIR. Attachments to this memorandum constitute figure, text and table changes to the Draft EIR as a result of these Supplemental Service Variants and the OWE.1 Variant.
Note: A hearing to consider the certification of the Final EIR for this project is scheduled before the Planning Commission in Room 400, City Hall, On March 27, 2014, beginning at noon or later.
Review Process History
A Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Public Scoping Meetings was issued on November 9, 2011, and two public scoping meetings were held on December 6 and 7, 2011.
An Initial Study (IS) was prepared to focus the scope of the environmental issues evaluated in the EIR. The Planning Department published the IS on January 23, 2013, and accepted public comments on the information and analysis in the IS from January 24, 2013 through February 22, 2013.
The San Francisco Planning Department published a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for public review and comment on July 10, 2013, and accepted public comments on the information and analysis in the DEIR from July 11, 2013 to September 17, 2013.
About the TEP Program
In an effort to make Muni service more convenient, reliable and attractive to existing and potential customers, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Office of the Controller have launched a detailed analysis of existing travel patterns and a comprehensive review of service options. The resultant Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) represents the first major evaluation of transit service provision in San Francisco since the late 1970s. Although the TEP is called the Transit Effectiveness Project, the TEP is a program within SFMTA that is comprised of individual projects or categories of projects proposed for the Muni System. The TEP proposals include a series of service improvements and concurrent necessary capital investments designed to improve safety and service reliability and reduce travel time. The TEP is comprised of four major categories: service policy framework, service improvements, service-related capital projects, and travel time reduction proposals.
The proposed Service Policy Framework is a policy document consisting of objectives and actions to enable the SFMTA to effectively allocate transit resources, efficiently deliver service, improve service reliability, reduce transit travel time, and improve customer service. The Service Policy Framework also organizes Muni services into four distinct service types: Rapid Network, Local Network, Community Connectors and Specialized Services.
The proposed Service Improvements include: creating new routes, redesigning existing routes, or adding service to new streets; eliminating unproductive existing routes or route segments; changing vehicle type; changing frequency and span of service; changing the mix of local/limited/express service; and other changes, such as new express service stops, expansion of Limited-stop service to include Sundays, and the expansion of other service with the addition of days of operation.
The proposed service-related capital projects include three categories of projects proposed as infrastructure to support service improvements: overhead wire expansion, transfer and terminal point improvements, and systemwide capital infrastructure.
The proposed travel time reduction proposals (TTRP) would implement roadway and bus stop changes to reduce delays on the transit routes in the Rapid Network. Changes include adding transit bulbs/boarding islands; replacing stop signs with traffic signals or other measures; transit stop changes including moving stops, eliminating stops and adding new stops; traffic engineering changes such as adding turn lanes, turn restrictions and transit-only lanes; and pedestrian improvements such as curb extensions and other crosswalk treatments. Collectively, these tools are called the Transit Preferential Streets toolkit (TPS toolkit).
If you have general questions regarding the environmental review for this project, please contact:
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
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