How Should Public Transit Be Evaluated for a Regional Attractor? The Case Study of the San Francisco 49ers Football Stadium

The San Francisco 49ers professional football team relocated to Santa Clara, California, in 2014. Public transit was not adequately addressed during the formal land use and transportation planning processes for the 68,000 seat stadium. While the environmental impact report for the project described existing services, it did not include an assessment of the quality of service or travel time. No comparison of proposed project sites with their ability to accommodate proposed public transit trips was made. No impacts to transit were identified or addressed in the EIR and therefore no financial responsibility was placed on the project developer for mitigation. The cost to the local transit provider, Valley Transportation Authority, to serve the stadium far exceeds revenue from the service. It is recommended that regional policies are needed to ensure that large traffic generators are served by public transit at an appropriate scale. Also, professional planners need some means of evaluating land use projects to ensure accessibility by public transit at the proper quality of service.

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  • Authors:
    • DeRobertis, Michelle
    • Lee, Richard W
    • Kala, Bhanu
  • Publication Date: 2017-2


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  • Accession Number: 01627967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2017 1:49PM