The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released the Route 66 Quintara Connectivity Study in March 2018.
At the request of District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) funds were used to conduct the Route 66 Quintara Connectivity Study. This study advanced recommendations made in the 2016 Improving West Side Transit Access report. Led by the SFMTA, it evaluated viable alternative routing configurations for for west side transit options, notably the 66 Quintara.
The study informed the following near-term improvements:
- Improve 66 Quintara on time terminal departure through monitoring
- Add a new 66 Quintara stop at 8th Avenue and Judah Street
- Add a new timepoint to Nextbus to improve 66 Quintara predictions in both directions
- Increase 66 Quintara service frequency from 30 minutes to 20 minutes on evening after 10 PM and on weekends
- Increase service on the 48 Quintara-24th Street route with mid-day service added between West Portal and the Great Highway
In 2016, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) released a Strategic Analysis Report on “Improving West Side Transit Access.” Initiated by Supervisor Tang, the report explored how the area’s transit hubs could be better utilized in this area of the city. The study area referred to as the “West Side” includes the area south of Golden Gate Park, north of the county line, and west of the hill districts. The major transit hubs serving this area include West Portal, Balboa Park, 9th/Judah and Daly City BART Station. Despite these major transit hubs, the report states residents in this area of the city drive more for their daily trips than most other San Francisco neighborhoods. Recommendations from this report suggest both near-term and long-term solutions that focus on improving transit hub access and connections to activity nodes, with the goal of reducing vehicle travel.
The final report was released in March 2018.