Supervisor Mark Farrell to Call on the SFMTA and SFCTA to Develop Report and Recommendations for Regulating Private Commuter Shuttles

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Mark Farrell will introduce legislation that will call on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), in coordination with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), to develop a white-paper on the City’s policy approach towards private commuter shuttle services and report back to the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Mark Farrell to Call on the SFMTA and SFCTA to Develop Report and Recommendations for Regulating Private Commuter Shuttle Services

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Mark Farrell will introduce legislation that will call on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), in coordination with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), to develop a white-paper on the City’s policy approach towards private commuter shuttle services and report back to the Board of Supervisors.

“While I believe these new commuter services are clearly serving a market need, we need to have more information and data in place to make informed decisions regarding any potential regulations,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “This report from our two leading transportation agencies will drill-down into the questions that are outstanding and provide key recommendations for how the City should move forward with next steps.”

Supervisor Farrell is asking the two City transportation agencies to report back on whether and how these new private commuter shuttle services fit into the City’s current transportation, sustainability, and climate-action goals. Supervisor Farrell is also asking the white-paper to report on, but not be limited to:

  • What is in the jurisdictional control, if any, of the City and County when considering a regulatory framework for private commuter shuttles?
  • The accessibility of these services
  • The routing structures
  • Recommendations on managing curb space
  • Training and insurance requirements
  • Consumer protections
  • Commercial requirements
  • Physical emissions
  • Vehicle types
  • And, any other topic or issue area that the SFMTA and SFCTA deem essential to report on

“If, and when, these private commuter shuttle services expand, we need to have appropriate policies in place that effectively address further growth and mitigate neighborhood impacts,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell.

At the March 24th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell publicly requested a hearing to discuss the City’s policy approach towards these new private commuter shuttles. He intends to host that hearing at the conclusion of this white-paper, which is expected in the next six-months.

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