Monday, January 30, 2017

UPDATE: Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project

UPDATE - January 29, 2017

Thanks to those BOMA members who attended to the first open house series - information below- for the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project.

If you have not done so, please take this survey and let the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) know what transportation amenities matter most to you on Folsom and Howard streets.

Next steps for the project will be for SFMTA staff to technically analyze potential roadway configurations and compile public feedback received. Technical analysis of possible designs will enable the SFMTA to better understand the trade-offs of different design options. Combining the technical analysis with public feedback received will provide staff with several project alternatives to share with the public at the next project open house in Spring 2017.

In the meantime, staff will be working to implement parking-protected bike lanes on Folsom and Howard and design upgraded bike facilities on 11th Street and on Folsom Street between 11th and 13th streets.

Please also note that the Central SoMa Plan Draft EIR, which is the environmental approval document for the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project, was released on December 14, 2017 and will have a 60-day public comment period

As always, updated information can be found at and you can keep up to date by signing up for email updates.


Original Post - December 12, 2016

You may be aware that BOMA San Francisco members in the South of Market area of San Francisco  have provided input on the possible changes as part of the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project.

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project is an effort to prepare for continued growth in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.

The SFMTA feels that demand on SoMa’s streets is increasing and will only continue to rise. The City estimates a 212% increase in SoMa residents and a 140% increase in SoMa workers by the year 2040. As such, there is a need to prepare thoughtfully for the coming growth that will place more demand on the neighborhood’s transportation network.

This project will focus on updating and upgrading the Folsom-Howard couplet. It will prioritize traffic safety, community livability and enhancing the neighborhood’s existing character. The initiative will also improve transit access and examine traffic circulation modifications. It will include bicycle, transit, pedestrian, curbside management, and traffic improvements on Folsom and Howard streets while addressing safety needs and future transportation demand in the growing South of Market Neighborhood.

The SFMTA are in the early planning stages and will be hosting two open houses so that BOMA members and other stakeholders can provide their comments. These events are an opportunity for the public to learn about the project goals and possible improvements, as well as provide ideas and feedback on the future of Folsom and Howard streets.

Two open house events will accommodate those with scheduling conflicts. Both open houses will be similar, hosting the same materials, information and opportunity to provide feedback.

For more information, please feel free to email the project manager, Paul Stanis, at

Thursday, December 8, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

SoMa Recreation Center (Gene Friend Recreation Center)

270 6th St (between Howard and Folsom)

Saturday, December 10, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

SoMa Recreation Center (Gene Friend Recreation Center)

270 6th St (between Howard and Folsom)

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