Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Mayor Announces $45 Million State Funding to Expand Muni Fleet

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today applauded the California State Transportation Agency for awarding $45 million in new cap-and-trade funds as part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capacity Program (TIRCP) to allow for growth and modernization of San Francisco’s light rail vehicle (LRV) fleet. In addition to improving the system’s safety and reliability, decreasing crowding, and increasing integration with regional operators like BART and Caltrain, the full fleet of new LRVs is expected to deliver 963,000 tons of greenhouse gas reductions over the life of the vehicles.

“This funding represents a key investment in San Francisco’s transit infrastructure as the City works to expand and replace its current light rail vehicle fleet, shorten travel times, and keep the system in a state of good repair. The funding will also help to address current and future capacity needs, drive smart growth and development to the City’s rail corridors, and increase transportation services for riders of all income levels,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Governor Jerry Brown, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, and State legislative leaders for this important funding, and ask for continued support as San Francisco makes further investments in a safer, more reliable, and more efficient transportation network.”

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Supporting Families:  Mayor Announces $72 Million in Support of Children & Families

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued an Executive Directive that charges all City departments to improve traffic safety on San Francisco streets and the citywide bicycle network. This new directive bolsters San Francisco’s commitment to Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. 

“Recently, we have had tragedies on our streets as a result of criminal behavior on behalf of motorists,” said Mayor Lee. “While we cannot control the criminal behavior of a few, we can make our streets safer through engineering, education and enforcement. I am directing City departments to accelerate our Vision Zero goal immediately.”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
City Budget: Mayor Signs 2016-18 Balanced Budget

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today signed the City’s two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18. To deliver this two-year consensus budget proposal, Mayor Lee worked with the Board of Supervisors and heard directly from residents and community leaders throughout the City, by meeting with residents, nonprofit organizations, City Commissioners, labor, business owners, and advocates to discuss priorities and address concerns including homelessness, quality of life, police reform, violence prevention and public safety.
 
“Today San Francisco is in the strongest financial position in our City’s history, allowing us to make significant investments that will improve the quality of life for all City residents. From increased library hours to greater expenditures on homelessness, housing and transit as well as dedicated dollars to police reform, we are making our City stronger by addressing challenges that impact our residents on a daily basis,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Budget and Finance Committee Chair Supervisor Mark Farrell and the other members of that committee for leading this process, as well as the entire Board of Supervisors for approving this responsible balanced budget. City government plays an important role in making the lives of all residents better, and we are using this time of prosperity to invest in all San Franciscans and protect against future economic uncertainty.”

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Air Quality: Mayor Announces Plan to Expand Deployment of Clean Air Technologies

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing San Francisco $250,000 in funding to increase the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen infrastructure in the Bay Area. “Hydrogen fuel cell electric and plug-in electric vehicles are pathways to achieve healthier and cleaner air for our communities,” said Mayor Lee. “San Francisco is committed to reducing the number of vehicles on the road by investing in sustainable transit options and ensuring that vehicles on the road will be zero emissions.”

Hydrogen FCEV cars emit only water vapor out of the tail pipe. The current benefits of hydrogen-powered over full plug-in electric powered vehicles is currently in their range and rate of refueling. The recently released Toyota Mirai can travel an estimated 312 miles on a tank of compressed hydrogen and can refill in less than five minutes. Some of the challenges that will be evaluated as part of San Francisco’s study are the cost and feasibility of expanding the necessary hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The State of California is also supporting the expansion of the hydrogen refueling network with the California Energy Commission providing up to $20 million per year to implement a network of 100 new hydrogen refueling stations in California by 2020

Thursday, June 30, 2016
City Infrastructure:  Mayor Announces Record Level of Capital Investment

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) joined by the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Police Department and other City agencies announced the City’s new listing of high-priority Vision Zero projects – 57 high-priority projects will be initiated this year.

“Any traffic death or injury is not acceptable, they are preventable,” said Mayor Lee. “This is a real public health issue. We are working quickly to build safer, better streets, educate the public about traffic safety and increase enforcement to make our streets safe for everyone – whether they are walking, biking, driving or taking transit.”