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Church Outbound Street Elevator Closed for Upgrades

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Following the completion of the Church Station outbound platform elevator last October, the rehabilitation of the outbound street elevator at this station will start the first week of March 2020. The elevator, located at the southwest corner of Market and Church streets, will be out of service for about three months while the upgrades are taking place.

This planned upgrade is part of the Muni Elevator Safety Modernization Project, which is modernizing 11 older Metro elevators with modern, state-of-the-art technology. When we’re done, elevators will be safer and more reliable, especially for wheelchair users, seniors, and others with disabilities who benefit from elevator access.

While the elevator is out of service, please use one of the following options to access Church Station:

If onboard an outbound L, M, K/T, or S:

Exit at Castro Station, cross to the inbound side of the platform and take the L, M, K/T or S lines inbound to Church Station.

If you need to head outbound from Church Station:

Use the inbound elevator to access any inbound train. Get off at Van Ness station, and transfer to the outbound platform. Take any outbound train.

For people needing access to the Church and Market area, there are several accessible Muni lines that serve the area:

  • F Streetcar (serves Church, Van Ness and Castro)
  • 37 Corbett (serves Church and Castro)
  • J Church (Accessible stops at Duboce and Church as well as Church at Market inbound)
  • N Judah (Accessible stop at Duboce and Church)

Ambulatory customers with disabilities can use the station outbound escalator to access the platform.

The elevators will be upgraded with a new stainless steel cab, new doors and hardware, new hydraulics, new operating panel and will be connected to an electronic monitoring system that will track escalators and elevators 24/7 for operating issues. After the elevator is completed, SFMTA will begin working on elevators at Castro and Forest Hill stations. The entire upgrade is expected to complete by the end of 2021.

Church outbound elevator is the fourth of 11 being rehabilitated. The three units that have been rehabbed are at Van Ness, Church inbound platform and Church outbound platform.