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Input Wanted for New M Ocean View Streetcar Project Proposal
The public has until Sept. 8 to provide feedback on the extensive transit and safety project plans.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is collecting feedback from the public for a project aiming to improve streetcar speeds and street safety along the M Ocean View light rail line.
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A two-week virtual public hearing for the M Ocean View Transit and Safety Project began Friday to allow anyone view the latest project proposal online and submit feedback in multiple ways through Sept. 8.
The latest proposal adds transit bulbs and wheelchair ramps to make transit stops more accessible for riders. Transit bulbs extend the sidewalk so that riders board and exit trains in the street. Two accessible ramps are proposed on 19th Avenue and Sargent Street and on San Jose and Niagara avenues.
These additions require the removal of parking spaces, but the transportation agency said the designs have been updated to lessen the loss of on-street parking.
The proposal now also includes a passenger loading zone that was requested for I.T. Bookman Community Center and Pilgrim Community Church.
To improve streetcar service reliability and general roadway safety, the proposal includes installing a transit lane on San Jose Avenue between Niagara Avenue and Broad Street. Adding a transit lane would also help reduce the speed of general traffic and as the travel lane would be reduced to one lane in each direction, according to the transportation agency.
The transportation agency is proposing to replace stop signs with traffic signals at Randolph Street and Victoria streets and Randolph and Ramsell streets. The new signals will hold the green light longer for approaching trains.
The new traffic signals are designed to increase safety for pedestrians crossing the street, the transportation agency said. Several pedestrian bulb-outs are planned at several intersections of the project to make pedestrians more visible to drivers and to shorten the crosswalk distance.
Stunt driving, better known as sideshows, is now also addressed at the transportation agency proposes piloting tools to deter them that are similar to the speed bumps installed at Plymouth Avenue and Sadowa Street.
How To Submit Feedback
Muni riders, residents and community members interested in sending feedback can contact Brian Haagsman by emailing Brian.Haagsman@SFMTA.com. Haagsman is the public information officer contact at the SFMTA for the project.
The public can call 415-646-2410 to leave a voicemail with comments or mail the SFMTA to One South Van Ness Ave, 3rd Floor, San Francisco CA 94103. Letters must be postmarked by Sept. 8.
Additionally, the SFMTA plans to hold an in-person event on Sept. 5, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Library and an online event using Microsoft Teams on Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.