Transit Fare Integration Wins Transformative Projects Competition

News February 18, 2020
Last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission launched its first-ever Transformative Transportation Projects competition. The results are in, are we are thrilled to share that integrated transit fares — a proposal from SPUR, Seamless Bay Area and others — rose to the top as not only the most transformative of the submissions but one of the highest-performing projects overall.

Remembering John Kriken

News January 31, 2020
Architect, urban designer, city planner, teacher and long-time SPUR member John Kriken died on January 23 after a long illness. A retired Skidmore, Owings & Merrill partner and the founder of the firm’s Urban Design and Planning Studio, he helped turn the firm into one of the world’s most famous designers of cities. His plans and designs are legion across the Bay Area and Asia.

Leading With Public Space: The Case for Guadalupe River Park

News January 30, 2020
We are excited to announce that, through investment made by the Knight Foundation and in partnership with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, SPUR will embark on a three-year research and planning project for Guadalupe River Park. Our work will focus on understanding the park’s current challenges, investigating what is possible, raising community understanding and awareness, and inspiring a conversation around the power of place.

Act Locally (and Regionally): A New Leader for Muni

Urbanist Article January 29, 2020
Last month, SPUR board member Jeffrey Tumlin stepped into a new role as director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The former director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates had a brief stint as interim director of the Oakland Department of Transportation, but this is his first time managing a public agency. SPUR asked him some questions about the opportunities (and challenges) ahead.

Driving Change

White Paper December 18, 2019
The Fair Value Commuting Demonstration project addresses a challenge that has plagued cities for decades: Too many people drive alone to work, creating traffic, wasting time and productivity, and degrading air quality and safety. Four Silicon Valley cities tested a package of strategies and technologies to tackle the issue. SPUR provided independent research to help assess the results and determine next steps.

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