John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.
The city is asking for ideas on where to build future subway lines.
A subway station near the buffalo paddock in Golden Gate Park, a tunnel to Alcatraz Island—feasible or not, you can have San Francisco review your ideas for transit expansion, thanks to a tool that lets you design and submit your “dream” subway system.
The “Subway Vision” map plots existing major lines in the Bay Area, and asks you to plop in more stations and lines where you think they’re needed. It’s a joint production from San Francisco’s planning and transportation departments (as well as other stakeholders), who want to incorporate some form of crowd-sourcing in the next several decades of public-transit development. Here’s more from the SFMTA blog:
To get this right, we need your input on priorities—whether it’s extending the Central Subway to Fisherman’s Wharf, building a second Transbay Tube for BART into Mission Bay or extending the Market Street subway across the city to allow for longer trains....
We’ve done a lot already. The Central Subway tunnels are dug and stations are under construction. We’re replacing the entire Muni bus fleet, and new trains are on the way. We’re creating a Muni Rapid network, and we’re about to break ground for the city’s first bus rapid network on Van Ness Avenue. We’ve also built 30 miles of protected or buffered bike lanes in the last five years, and we’re requiring new building developments to contribute more to help address the transportation demand they create.
But there’s more to be done, so we’re planning for the next 50 years right now—and your input is key.
The map does not distinguish between BART, Muni, or other regional systems; it simply wants you to go wild with your subway fantasies. Look, I’ve eliminated train backups and prepped the arrival of 24-hour service with three more Transbay tubes:
All you techies can thank me when the city launches BART service to Silicon Valley:
There’s a good crab-roll place in Bodega Bay I always want to get to more often:
When you’re done, hit “Submit Map” to receive a message telling you to have a nice day, as well as the personal satisfaction some municipal worker will (probably) glance at your dream map before trashing it as impractical. Read more about the new tool, as well as other transit stuff the city has planned, at Connect SF.