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 Sustainability in Action Tours

All tours are on Sunday, July 28. Please sign up for all tours at the BART / SF MTA Host Desk. Times subject to change.

Transit-Oriented Development Tour (12:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Join BART staff for a tour of sustainable transit-oriented development projects at two BART stations in Oakland. The tour features walking tours of mixed-use development in the Uptown District (near 19th Street BART Station), as well as the transit village at the Fruitvale BART Station. Hear from local representatives on the successes and challenges of both projects, as well as plans for the future.

BART Union City Station Modernization (1 – 5 p.m.)

BART Union City Station is the center piece for the Union City transit center development project that integrates one of the most ambitious multi-use redevelopment plan. This exciting multi-phase and multi-agency project includes access improvement, station modernization, and capacity expansion to the BART station and new construction of housing and community spaces that incorporates sustainable concepts and systems as envisioned and designed by BART, the City of Union City, and award-winning design firms. Maximum attendance: 20.

Sustainable SFMTA (1 – 4 p.m.)

This bus tour will highlight “SFGreasecycle” and the SFMTA’s biodiesel program (fryer to fuel tank sustainability - powering transit vehicles with local, recycled restaurant grease). The tour will be via zero emission bus, and include an en route discussion of the City of San Francisco’s municipal facilities and vehicles work, Zero Waste 2020, employee commute programs, green purchasing, and urban forest initiatives. Maximum attendance: 35.

Cable Car Barn (1 – 4 p.m.)

A behind the scenes look at San Francisco’s classic Cable Cars, including access to the maintenance barn (learn why wooden brakes are still used), cable infrastructure (see how each 4+ mile-long cable is replaced every 100 days), and operating techniques (what does it mean when the conductor rings the bell four times?). Transportation from the conference hotel to the Barn and back will be via zero emission bus, featuring a discussion of the contrast and similarities between 1880's technology and modern, advanced technology transit vehicles (both are zero emission hill climbers, for example). Maximum attendance: 35 by shuttle.

Self-Guided Tours (1 p.m.)

A set of guidebook-style tours will be available to all attendees. The SFMTA designed these tours for the conference with a focus on the Agency’s latest initiatives and sustainability programs. Each tour is appropriate for conference attendee, and enjoyable for casually touring family members. Tours will include:

  • Bicycle tour including Golden Gate Park.
  • Pedestrian tour.
  • Complete Streets tour
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