The Geneva/San Jose intersection is located adjacent to Balboa Park Station in southern San Francisco. Balboa Park Station is one of the busiest transit hubs in the San Francisco Bay Area where four Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) lines connect to three Muni Metro light rail lines and eight Muni bus lines.
BART’s 2008 Station Profile Study indicates that 76% of riders at the station arrive by transit or by walking. In addition to this heavy concentration of transit and pedestrian activity, the intersection handles high volumes of automobile traffic due to its proximity to I-280 freeway ramps and the demand for pick-up and drop-off activity at the station, as well as the direct connectivity that both Geneva and San Jose Avenues provide to neighboring destinations. Geneva Avenue is also a designated bicycle route.
In an effort to facilitate coordination between various City and external agencies, the Balboa Park Station Community Advisory Committee (BPSCAC) was formed in 2012. In fall 2015, the BPSCAC passed a resolution requesting a Geneva/San Jose intersection Specific Plan including urban design guidelines and a community design charrette. The Geneva/San Jose Intersection Study will be guided by objectives and policies from the Balboa Park Station Area Plan (2008), including encouraging walking, biking and public transit as the primary means of transportation and creating a system of public parks, plazas and open spaces in the plan area.
This project is aligned with San Francisco’s Vision Zero policy. Both Geneva and San Jose Avenues are located on the City’s Vision Zero High Injury Network, indicting a high concentration of injury collisions.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND COORDINATION
This proposal was developed in response to the BPSCAC’s request and input from District 11 Supervisor Avalos’ office to focus on short, medium and long-term multimodal transportation safety and transit access improvements in the vicinity of the Geneva/San Jose intersection. The study area includes the intersection of Geneva Avenue/San Jose Avenue and extends approximately one block in each direction from the intersection, as shown on the map above.
The study will be led by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and will include coordination as appropriate with the following agencies:
- Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
- Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD)
- San Francisco County Transportation Authority
- San Francisco Department of Public Works
- San Francisco Planning Department
- San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
Public outreach for this study will be conducted in coordination with the BPSCAC, Supervisor Avalos’ office and the upcoming Upper Yard Development and BART Station Modernization projects led by BART and MOHCD.
- April 2016: BPSCAC meeting presentation: Scoping*
- June-July 2016: BART In-Station Outreach*
- June-July 2016: Project initiation
- August-September 2016: Existing Conditions Memo
- August-September 2016: First Public Meeting
- August-September 2016: BART In-Station Outreach*
- September-October 2016: Upper Yard Design Charrette*
- January-February 2017: Second Public Meeting
- January-February 2017: BPSCAC meeting presentation: Preliminary Concepts*
- April-May 2017: Third Public Meeting
- April-May 2017: BPSCAC meeting presentation: Conceptual Design Recommendation*
- May-June 2017: Final Report
*Depending on schedule coordination with BART, MOHCD, and/or BPSCAC