With the coming Central Subway through 4th Street, the area encompassed in the Central SOMA Plan will be transformed from mostly industrial to a high density transit oriented development hub. The 1.7 mile-long-subway will transform the central portion of SOMA with a major transit spine improving connections to SOMA from Downtown, Mission Bay and beyond. The plan helps to ensure the transformation meets the needs of residents, businesses and visitors in a sustainable manner.
The Bay Area's expected to grow by 2.1 million people and add 1.1 million jobs over the next three decades, with the bulk of that growth in San Francisco. Unlike other areas in the city, Central SOMA has the potential to create more space for the coming jobs.
The area is currently a mix of retail, residential, office and production, distribution and repair (PDR). The aim is to keep its diverse uses, increase the density and potential office development, preserve PDR space, increase pedestrian and bike safety by redesigning streets, and create a model for sustainable growth.