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Street Project

La Playa Pedestrian Improvements

Location

1400 La Playa St.
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Status

In Development

Opening Date

In Development

Designer

SF Planning

Partners

Office of Supervisor Katy Tang
SF Arts Commission
La Playa Park Coalition
SF Parks Alliance
SFMTA
San Francisco Public Works


Enhanced community space at the end of the N-Judah Muni line

The large 5-point intersection where the end of Judah Street meets La Playa Street and Lower Great Highway, including the N‐Judah turnaround and stub tracks, is predominantly an open asphalt space today. Central green medians separating Lower Great Highway from La Playa are the only gathering space functions the intersection offers today. There is little sense of place and limited aesthetic quality, especially for its important site, at the gateway to Ocean Beach for the end of one of the most important MUNI lines in the city today.

The La Playa Pedestrian Improvements pilot project aims to provide new and enhanced temporary public and community space, improve pedestrian safety, and improve the security of MUNI light rail vehicles.

This project will*:

  • Create a temporary gateway plaza on the northwest corner of La Playa Street at Judah, with a ground mural and protected by planters, replacing on-street parking and the southbound travel lane
  • Install a parklet on the southeast corner of Judah Street at La Playa, and enhancing the area around the adjacent existing MUNI operator restroom with a mural, gateway signage, and other aesthetic improvements to improve the quality of this public space
  • Install temporary pedestrian safety zones to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians
  • Provide artistic signage, seating, planters, specially painted areas, and other elements to enhance the quality of public space throughout the site
  • Install new striping, planters, and barriers placed around the Muni tracks to demarcate and separate this space, and for increased light rail vehicle security
  • Include access and circulation changes to the intersection and streets and add signage at all relevant approach points to clearly indicate circulation and access restrictions (as shown below)
  • Temporarily reroute the NX from southbound La Playa to southbound 48th Ave during the morning peak hours (6am-9am only). The first NX inbound stop will be relocated from the southwest corner of Judah and 48th Ave to the northwest corner of 48th Ave and Judah (as shown below)

Temporary Circulation Changes

*Click here to download the image

For 18 months, starting Jan 2018, some portions of La Playa Street will become a one-way northbound street and have temporary removal of on-street parking (up to 12). Parking in front of seven driveways along La Playa will also be restricted.

During the pilot period, NX bus will be rerouted from southbound La Playa to southbound 48th Ave during the morning peak hours (6am-9am only). The first NX inbound stop will be relocated from the southwest corner of Judah and 48th Ave to the northwest corner of 48th Ave and Judah (along 48th ave in front of Beachside Cafe). No change to afternoon service.

Video
February 16, 2017

La Playa Project Site Traffic and Pedestrian Activity

The La Playa/Judah intersection is one of the most prominent attractions of the Outer Sunset neighborhood thanks to its direct access to Ocean Beach, neighborhood amenities, and the N-Judah Muni Metro line. Despite its attractions, this intersection is not the most safe place to bike, walk, or drive. This time lapse video shows that trains laying over in the middle of the intersection interfere with the regular movement of traffic, making drivers confused and resulting in dangerous maneuvers and conflict points.

The goal of the La Playa Ped Improvements Pilot project is to make this intersection a safe and pleasant place to be. Please take a look at this video and share your ideas to improve this intersection!

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