San Francisco APS Agreement

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This document is the Settlement Agreement about Accessible Pedestrian Signals with San Francisco. These signals, also called APS, make a sound when the walk sign is on. The signals also vibrate when the walk sign is on. This agreement was the first of its kind in the United States. The City agreed to spend at least 1.6 million dollars and install APS. At least 80 intersections will have APS. No lawsuit was filed. Instead, Structured Negotiations were used. Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian were the lawyers. The California Council of the Blind, the San Francisco based LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, and blind advocate Damien Pickering helped to negotiate the Agreement. One part of the agreement are detailed requirements about APS. There is also a detailed document to help other cities decide where to put APS.

APS Signal


  1. 19th Avenue and Holloway Avenue (San Francisco State University)
  2. 4th and King Streets (Caltrain Station)
  3. 19th Avenue and Taraval Street (MUNI transfer point)
  4. 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd. (Stern Grove)
  5. Laguna Honda Blvd/ Forest Hill MUNI Station (Laguna Honda Hospital)
  6. Van Ness Avenue and Hayes Street (LightHouse for the Blind)
  7. Onondaga Avenue and Mission Street (Post Office, Mission Street)
  8. 19th Avenue and Winston Drive (Stonestown Shopping Mall)
  9. Geary Blvd. and Divisadero Street (Kaiser Hospital San Francisco)
  10. Beale and Howard Streets (Department of Rehabilitation)
  11. Mission and New Montgomery Streets (San Francisco Independent Living Resource Center)
  12. 1st and Mission Streets (Trans Bay Terminal)
  13. 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park)
  14. The Great Highway and Judah Street (Ocean Beach, MUNI N Streetcar turnaround)
  15. Geneva Street and San Jose Avenue (Balboa Park BART Station)
  16. 4th /Market /Stockton Streets (Powell Street BART Station)
  17. Market Street/United Nations Plaza mid-block crossing (Civic Center BART Station)
  18. Bosworth and Diamond Streets (Glen Park BART Station)
  19. Geneva Street and Interstate 280 (Balboa Park BART Station): because of the unique intersection configuration and Caltrans jurisdiction over this intersection, the SFMTA agreed to install APS at at least two crosswalks in this intersection, but the total number of crosswalks within this intersection at which APS shall be installed is subject to further agreement between SFMTA, Caltrans, the Claimants and the APS Consultant. The number of crosswalks in which APS will be installed pursuant to this Agreement shall be negotiated by the parties at the first Status Meeting that follows the execution of this Agreement.
  20. 17th /Market /Castro Streets (Castro Street MUNI Station)
  21. Montgomery /Post /New Montgomery Streets (Montgomery BART Station)
  22. Market & Church Streets (Church Street MUNI Station)
  23. Fremont and Market Streets (Embarcadero BART Station)
  24. Leavenworth and McAllister Streets (United Nations Plaza)
  25. Jones and Turk Streets (Tenderloin neighborhood)
  26. Phelan Avenue at Phelan Loop Exit (City College)
  27. Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street (San Francisco Superior Court)
  28. 4th and Mission Streets (Sony Metreon, Yerba Buena Center, Westfield Shopping Centre)


  1. Embarcadero and Brannan Streets (mid-block, south of MUNI Boarding platform)
  2. Embarcadero and Washington Streets
  3. 6th Avenue and Geary Blvd.
  4. 7th and Townsend Streets
  5. 9th Avenue and Judah Street
  6. 9th Avenue and Irving Street
  7. 20th Avenue and Winston Drive
  8. Alemany Blvd. and Silver Avenue
  9. Arguello Blvd. and Geary Blvd.
  10. Cole and Oak Streets
  11. Cole and Fell Streets
  12. Embarcadero and Bryant Streets
  13. Hyde and McAllister Streets
  14. Jules and Ocean Avenues
  15. Larkin and McAllister Streets
  16. Larkin and Grove Streets
  17. Parnassus Avenue (mid-block, between 3rd Avenue and Hillway Avenue)
  18. Polk and Sutter Streets
  19. Potrero Avenue and 24th Street
  20. Van Ness Avenue and Fell Street
  21. Geneva/Ocean/Phelan Avenues