Office of City Traffic Engineer. The position of City Traffic Engineer is established. The City Traffic Engineer shall be an employee of the SFMTA licensed with the State of California as a Civil or Traffic Engineer and designated by the Director of Transportation to exercise the powers and perform the duties of City Traffic Engineer established by this Code. The City Traffic Engineer shall have the authority to:
Identify, study and implement measures to improve traffic conditions and increase the safety of vehicles and pedestrians in furtherance of the City’s Transit First Policy.
Review and investigate requests to install, modify or remove Traffic Control Devices.
Install color curb markings, including painting red zones not to exceed 20 (continuous) feet in length where needed to ensure public safety, proper Parking Meter spacing or vehicular access to private or public driveways and Streets.
Design, install, operate and maintain Traffic Control Devices as necessary to guide, warn and control moving vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Install or remove any temporary Traffic Control Devices on any Street for the purpose of controlling Parking or traffic during emergencies, special conditions or events, construction work, short-term testing, or when necessary for the protection of public health and safety. Such temporary Traffic Control Devices shall be removed when they are no longer required following the emergency, condition, or event.
Implement Parking and traffic control measures approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors.
Determine the hours and days during which any Traffic Control Device shall be in operation except where such hours or days are established by law or by resolution of the SFMTA Board of Directors.
Conduct engineering and traffic surveys necessary to establish and maintain appropriate speed limits.
Regulate or prohibit obstructions on Streets and grant or deny Special Traffic Permits.
Mark center lines, lane lines, crosswalks, the boundaries of Parking Spaces associated with Parking Meters, and other distinctive markings upon the surface of any Street, or place any signs to indicate the course to be traveled by vehicles or pedestrians.
Take other actions to regulate Parking and traffic or prohibit Obstructions to Traffic which do not require public hearing or approval of the SFMTA Board of Directors as described in Sections (b) and (c) of this Section.
To remove without notice any unauthorized Traffic Control Device, including color curb markings or other markings that regulate Parking and traffic.
Indicate by signs or markings where Parking is prohibited within 15 feet of any fire hydrant.
Carry out all functions of the City Traffic Engineer consistent with all laws, regulations, generally accepted traffic engineering standards and SFMTA policies.
Public Hearings. The following Parking and traffic measures may be implemented following a public hearing:
Locate and install Traffic Calming Devices.
Designate the location of Stands, the types of vehicles authorized to use such Stands and the days and hours in which Parking restrictions shall be enforced at any Stand.
With the exception of blue zones for the exclusive use of persons with disabilities designated in accordance with Vehicle Code § 21458(a)(5), determine the locations for Parking restrictions designated by painted curb colors in accordance with Vehicle Code Section 21458 and the times that Parking is prohibited in such locations.
Determine the locations of Truck Loading Zones and the times that Parking is prohibited in that Zone.
Designate motorcycle Parking Spaces.
Designate on-street bicycle Parking Spaces.
SFMTA Board of Directors’ Action Required. The following Parking and traffic measures may not be implemented without a public hearing and prior approval of the SFMTA Board of Directors, taking into consideration the recommendation of the City Traffic Engineer:
Designate Parking Meter Zones and Streets on which Parking Meters are to be installed in each Parking Meter Zone.
Designate blue zone Parking Spaces for the exclusive use of persons with disabilities in accordance with Vehicle Code § 21458(a)(5).
Establish, modify or eliminate preferential Parking programs in accordance with Vehicle Code §§ 22507 and 22507.1, including the applicable geographical area(s) and the days and hours of applicable Parking restrictions.
Install or remove bicycle lanes.
Implement the following changes within the bicycle route network, as defined in the most recent update of the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan:
The narrowing of right-hand travel lanes with Parking, including turn lanes to less than 22 feet or the narrowing of right-hand travel lanes without Parking, including turn lanes to less than 14 feet;
The narrowing or elimination of any bicycle lanes, bicycle paths or bicycle routes;
The addition of traffic lanes, except where such lanes consist of left-turn or right-turn pockets.
Subsections (c)(5)(A) through (c)(5)(C) shall not apply to construction zones involving temporary changes to lane widths or lane configurations.
Designate intersections at which right, left or U turns are prohibited.
Designate intersections at which turns against a red or stop signal are prohibited.
Establish multiple turn lanes where vehicles can make right or left turns from more than one lane.
Designate one-way Streets.
Designate intersections at which one direction of traffic shall be required to yield to the other.
Designate intersections at which traffic shall be required to stop, or where a required stop is eliminated.
Designate the location of all bus zones for the use of public transit vehicles.
Set time limits for, and the days and hours of enforcement of any Parking restriction.
Establish or close a crosswalk.
Establish a tow-away zone.
Designate the angle or direction in which vehicles are required to Park on the Street.
Designate locations where Parking by vehicles over 6 feet high is restricted within 100 feet of an intersection.
Establish bus, truck, and weight restrictions on Streets.
Establish transit only lane regulations.
Establish speed limits on Streets.
Establish on-street Car Share Vehicle Parking Spaces.
Designate locations where Parking by vehicles over twenty-two feet in length or seven feet in height, or camp trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobilehomes, recreational vehicles, or semi-trailers are prohibited from parking between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.
(SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 08-151, Ad. 8/19/2008; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 09-172, Ad. 9/15/2009; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 11-028, Ad. 3/1/2011; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 11-108, Ad. 8/2/2011, Eff. 9/2/2011; SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 13-005 , Ad. 1/15/2013, Eff. 2/15/2013)