Castro Accessibility Improvements project

Project Overview

People walking around the street level area of Castro station, overlooking Harvey Milk Plaza and the entrance to the Castro Muni station

As part of a system-wide effort to improve Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access to Muni transit, the pavement and pedestrian areas around Castro Muni station will be improved and a second elevator will be added to provide continuous access to the station. Station improvements include widening the sidewalk, replacing the existing lighting, and regrading the pavement above the station. The project will be working closely with the Castro CBD, which is aiming to re-design Harvey Milk Plaza with public art and a memorial to commemorate Milk's legacy.

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Project Details

Castro Accessibility Improvements Overview PDF

The Castro Muni station will undergo several upgrades in and around the station area in an effort to improve ADA access to the station and Muni transit. These proposed improvements include:

  • Regrading (or leveling) the brick area surround the station entrance to create ADA compliant paths of travel
  • Replacing and expanding the mezzanine (station level) area
  • Widening the sidewalk on Market Street (area above station) to create safer and more comfortable pedestrian path
  • Replacing the existing plaza lighting
  • Widening the brick walkway above the station by removing the planters
  • Adding a second elevator to provide continuous access to the station

As part of a larger system-wide effort to improve accessibility to Muni services, several stations are also having their elevators and escalators rehabbed. Some stations, including Castro, are serviced with a single elevator that provides access to the station gates. When the elevator needs servicing, or goes out of service unexpectedly, customers who rely on the elevator to enter the station are unable to do so, affecting their day-to-day activities.  With a second elevator added to the station, the existing elevator can be serviced without disrupting access and provides continuous access to the station and trains.

MTA is partnering with ongoing efforts from the Castro CBD to help lay the foundation for a re-designed Harvey Milk Plaza. The redesign committee plans to improve the plaza area with public art and a memorial to commemorate Milk's legacy. All public art proposed for the plaza will be determined by the redesign committee. The station's aesthetic improvements will be coordinated with the committee's overall vision for the plaza.  

design OUtreach and Neighborhood input

The look and design of the elevator, shown here to be built out of etched glass, will be designed with input from the Castro neighborhood. The etched glass design also allows for graphic patterns to be incorporated onto the glass.

The look and design of the elevator will be chosen with input from the Castro neighborhood residents and merchants. In the coming months, SFMTA will solicit feedback in the Castro neighborhood via surveys and community meetings on the proposed designs of the elevator and plaza changes. MTA will also be coordinating the look and feel of the station improvements with elements from the proposed plaza redesign. Outreach will be providing updates at neighborhood association and merchants 

Please contact Kelley McCoy, public information officer ( or 415.701.5428) with any questions about the project.

Project status (as of 8/3/16)

This project is in its conceptual phase, where designs and ideas are still being developed and edited. More information, including design ideas for the elevator, will be available in September.