The Central Freeway/Octavia Boulevard Circulation Study is being conducted to
quantify and evaluate the performance of the transportation system in the
.63-square-mile Market & Octavia neighborhood, recommend traffic distribution
improvements in the area, and address other key local and regional transportation issues.
Many of these issues arose with the demolition of the Octavia Street portion of the
earthquake-damaged Central Freeway, the opening of the retrofitted Central Freeway
in 2005 (which included a touch-down ramp at Market and Octavia Boulevard),
and the initiation of several citywide transportation improvement projects.
The study has a twin focus: examining local neighborhood needs to improve livability,
and examining the larger multimodal network to improve regional accessibility.
CHS Consulting Group is leading this project, with assistance from Freedman
Tung & Sasaki, Adavant Consulting, and Wilbur Smith & Associates. CHS is preparing
an existing-conditions report that compiles and analyzes previously- and
newly-gathered data on traffic circulation, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle
facilities, and SWITR traffic safety data. With input from SFCTA and multiple community
stakeholders, CHS will identify key issues, discuss opportunities and constraints, propose
and prioritize possible solutions, and develop cost estimates for 3 design options.
Public outreach efforts, including community workshops and a design charrette,
will guide the final designs and recommendations. CHS will work to identify sources
and help procure funding to implement the recommendations. In addition to extensive
public outreach, the entire project requires extensive coordination with SFCTA and a
Technical Advisory Committee comprising representatives from the San Francisco
Department of Public Works, the Mayor’s Office of Greening, and Caltrans.