Equitable Transportation

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Chinatown CDC advocates for predominantly monolingual, immigrant, low-income seniors, and families who have historically experienced barriers to meaningful participation in transportation planning. The largest public transportation project in the next decade for San Francisco is the Central Subway. We also maintain the Chinatown Park and Ride program and provide technical assistance to the Chinatown Transportation Research and Improvement Project.

Central Subway
For at least twenty years, Chinatown CDC has advocated for the Central Subway, which will extend the Third Street Light Rail into the heart of Chinatown. The Central Subway project is the second phase of the Third Street Light Rail Project. The project promotes transit justice by providing reliable, efficient, and safe transit for those who live in Chinatown and those who want to visit Chinatown. We will continue to work closely with the city and community members to advocate for the Central Subway until the Subway begins operation in 2019.

The Central Subway will:
Chinatown CDC's Approach to Planning
- Connect the city’s civic, business, and cultural centers with the diverse communities along the new line.
- Provide transit connections in a corridor where the majority of residents do not have a vehicle.
- Provide direct connections to Caltrain, BART, regional buses, cable cars, and other Muni lines.
- Reduce passenger overcrowding on public transportation along the lines through the use of high capacity light rail vehicles.
- Reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
- Significantly improve travel times for both transit riders and motorists.

Chinatown Transportation Research and Improvement Project (TRIP)
During the 1976 San Francisco Craft Workers’ Strike which led to a MUNI service lockout, many elderly in Chinatown still needed transportation to meet their daily needs such as getting to medical appointments. To support these residents, we developed the Chinatown Transportation Research and Improvement Project. Chinatown TRIP continues today as a volunteer organization committed to improving transit service and pedestrian safety in Chinatown. We advocate for transportation improvements to enhance service and safety. We educate community members through public campaigns and lobby city agencies to take action on transit issues such as service reliability, sidewalk-widening along Stockton Street, improving the Stockton Tunnel for pedestrians, bilingual bus stop announcements and signage, and advocacy for the Central Subway. For more information, visit www.spotlightchinatown.com/movement.

Chinatown Park and Ride
The Chinatown Park and Ride Program began in 1998 to address a decrease in visitors to San Francisco’s Chinatown after the Embarcadero Freeway closed in 1991. To encourage more shoppers and diners to support Chinatown businesses the Park and Ride validation program provides affordable weekend parking at the Golden Gateway Garage located in the Financial District. The program also aims to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of traffic and pollution in Chinatown. For more information, visit www.spotlightchinatown.com/chinatownparkandride.