Child Transportation Study

Parent pick-up after school


At the request of SFCTA Commissioner and District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, the San Francisco Transportation Authority, in partnership with the Mayor’s office, is studying how to improve options for San Francisco families who need to arrange transportation for their children to public, parochial or private school and after-school activities. Guided by Commissioner Tang, the Mayor's Office, SFCTA and SFMTA, the first phase of study involves completing a survey and focus groups.


Getting children to school and aftercare in San Francisco is often challenging, particularly for households with multiple children, each of whom may be bound for different destinations. Surveys of public school elementary school students suggest that about half of students are driven to school. Little is known about the school trip mode shares for private school students, who comprise about 25% of all San Francisco students.

The need to transport children (often in private vehicles) can detract from parent’s work productivity and is ultimately an affordability issue. The additional vehicle trips also contribute to congestion on San Francisco roadways.


The Child Transportation Study was funded by the San Francisco Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The survey was completed in Summer, 2016.


Download the draft final report: Findings of the Child Transportation Survey (7MB PDF)


Download the current Child Transportation Study Fact Sheet.


For more information, contact Joe Castiglione at 415.522.4810 or via email.

San Francisco County Transportation Authority
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Attn: Child Transportation Study

Photo courtesy Michael Emery