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SFMTA Real Estate and Facilities Vision for the 21st Century

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is unique among transit systems in the United States due to its mix of transportation modes, the geography of the city, and the wide range of ages and histories of the buildings housing the system’s maintenance, operations and administrative functions. SFMTA retained WSP USA to develop a Real Estate and Facilities Vision for the 21st Century (referred to as “The Vision”) to serve as a facility and land needs guide for many years to come.


This study included maintenance and operations facilities for light rails, diesel buses, electric trolley buses, historic trolleys and cable cars as well non-revenue vehicle maintenance facilities, enforcement buildings, administrative offices and other support facilities.

We researched SFMTA’s operations and properties, conducted on-site observations and staff interviews, and prepared a facility master plan to support the projected fleet through 2040. The team aimed to gain an understanding of how SFMTA’s vast network of transit, parking, sustainable streets, and enforcement groups operate. The information gathered from the site visits was organized into a formal report detailing each facility’s historical and zoning information, current status and items that could lead to operational efficiency gains.

The study team conducted similar reviews of parking and enforcement facilities and gathered real estate information to generate ideas for SFMTA to pursue future transit oriented development within its system. All of the study team’s work was combined and presented to SFMTA Real Estate to guide the agency’s plan for the 21st century. 

Our services began in February 2012 and were completed in the spring of 2014.