Acknowledging that the existing Central SoMa transportation network isn’t sufficient today, much less sufficient to support a potential doubling of residents and workers in the area as proposed, a plan to improve the network, streets, and environment for pedestrians in SoMa has been drafted.
The six key principles that guided the development of the draft plan:
1. Create a safe, convenient, attractive environment for pedestrians
2. Design transit routes to serve the area and improve performance
3. Improve bicycling conditions
4. Employ Transportation Demand Management Measures
5. Restrict curb cuts
6. Where and when necessary, accommodate regional and through traffic
Proposed improvements include a plethora of new mid-block crosswalks, wider sidewalks, cycletracks, and the redevelopment of Folsom Street as a civic boulevard, as has long been proposed.
The Impact Study for the proposed transportation plan should be finalized by May of 2014 with a Draft Environmental Report for the project slated to be ready in September.