Transportation Infrastructure

SFMTATransit System Keeps Business Moving

Since its founding more than 150 years ago, San Francisco has been a global leader in transportation. The City’s robust transportation infrastructure, including the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI), makes the City accessible from points all over the globe—from the East Bay to the Far East.

World- Class Airport

As the midway point between London and Tokyo and the closest U.S. city to the Pacific Rim, San Francisco occupies an enviable position at the exact center of the global business community. Just over 10 miles from downtown, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the 7th busiest in the U.S. and 22nd busiest in the world, handling 95% of international flights departing from the Bay Area. As the primary U.S. gateway to Asia, SFO offers 59 weekly flights to China.

Strong Local and Regional Transportation

San Francisco has the most comprehensive public transportation system of any Bay Area city.

Founded in 1912, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) serves the City 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a fleet comprised of historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches and our world-famous cable cars. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system connects the City with the East Bay and the Peninsula, and provides terminal-to-terminal rail service to San Francisco International and Oakland International airports. San Francisco invests in the future of its transportation system to ensure that businesses continue to find it easy to attract employees and deliver goods and services. For workers commuting to and from the Silicon Valley area, Caltrain offers daily service from San Francisco to San Jose, including stops in many of the bedroom communities in between.

Transbay Transit Center- The Grand Central Station of the West

In 2017, San Francisco is expected to complete the new Transbay Transit Center—“Grand Central Station” of the West Coast. The regional transportation hub will connect regional bus lines, MUNI, BART, Caltrain and, eventually, High Speed Rail, creating the most comprehensive network of transit options offered by any city.