Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

By Carly Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

Some supervisors are questioning whether the $20 million University of California, San Francisco committed to investing in local transit as part of its proposed Parnassus campus expansion will be enough to counteract the project’s impact on traffic in nearby neighborhoods.

The payment to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is part of a larger community benefits package that Mayor London Breed hailed as “significant” when she announced the tentative agreement earlier this month.

But supervisors Dean Preston and Myrna Melgar, who represent the surrounding areas, are concerned the funding might not adequately address traffic impacts, with the project expected to bring nearly 7,900 new daily visitors and workers to the area over next 30 years…(more)

The construction truck traffic alone will make getting to and from the existing UC hospital nearly impossible regardless of how many buses or any other mass transit system are established and no, $20 million does not come close to the cost of building a new road or roads to access the construction site. Hopefully that costs will be born by the UC on top of the $20 million.

UC could not have picked a worse place to build a new hospital. Building a massive new hospital on a steep hill above a working hospital is not a good idea for number of reasons. This project is guaranteed to flush out most of the residents nearby and close all that is left of the businesses.

Why not build a new hospital in the south part of the city where a hospital is needed most? Access to the freeway and close proximity to the airport are logical arguments for building elsewhere, and thousands of new housing in the area is already in the pipeline. Some of it is even affordable.

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