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Digital Subscriptions > Cities Today > Cities Today January 2018 > San Francisco’s quest to achieve zero traffic deaths

San Francisco’s quest to achieve zero traffic deaths

Nick Michell spoke with Tom Maguire, Director, Sustainable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), about the city’s efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and the challenges of redesigning its streets
Tom Maguire, Director, Sustainable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Photo: SFMTA

If ever put in place, how will President Donald Trump’s US$1 trillion infrastructure plan affect the SFMTA?

We certainly believe it’s important that the federal government play a bigger role in maintaining both national and urban infrastructure. At the moment on a city level we don’t really know much about what form the infrastructure plan is going to take or whether it will even pass, so we are focused on self-help in San Francisco. Our voters passed a half a billion-dollar bond measure in 2014 and we’re continuing to deliver those projects.

California’s cap-and-trade programme, which aims to help lower the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, has generated millions of dollars to buy new trains and other key improvements to the transit system. This year the state of California passed the Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, a legislative package that will invest US$54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges. It has set a new tax framework that is providing a lot of resources for us to maintain and improve our transport infrastructure.

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