Safer Market Street

Project Overview

A view of Market Street from Sixth Street to the Ferry Building, busy with buses, bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.

The Safer Market Street project will get the city closer to achieving its Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities citywide by 2024. Market Street has four of the top 20 intersections for pedestrian injury collisions citywide, and the top two intersections for bicycle injury collisions. The extension of transit-only lanes and turn restrictions for private automobiles between 3rd and 8th streets on Market will mediate conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and increase safety for all users.

The turn restrictions will take effect Aug. 11. The transit-only lane extensions will be complete in winter 2015/2016. More information can be found under the project details tab above.

Thank you to everyone who took the Safer Market Street Pre-Construction Survey. Other recent updates are below.

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Project Details

Market Street is the City's premier cultural, civic and commercial corridor and the region's most important transit street. The large number of vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists traveling daily on Market is leading to conflicts that result in severe/ fatal injury collisions. Between 2012 and 2013, there were 162 traffic-related collisions along Market Street from3rd to 8th streets leading the project area to have four of the top 20 intersections for pedestrian injury collisions, and the top two intersections for bicycle injury collisions. The frequency and concentration of collisions constitutes a public health crisis and Safer Market Street is one of over 24 Vision Zero projects to be expedited to address the recent spike in fatalities along high-injury corridors such as Market Street. 

Vision Zero is San Francisco's policy commitment to work toward eliminating all traffic-related fatalities citywide by 2024. Safer Market Street will help achieve Vision Zero by improving safety across all modes.

June 16, 2015 the SFMTA Board unanimously approved the Safer Market Street project. Implementation began June 23 and will continue into December, the turn restrictions went into effect Aug. 11 and are enforced 24/7. Muni, paratransit, bicycles, commericial and emergency vehicles are exempt from the restrictions. Note: there are no restrictions crossing Market Street, or required turns, and the right turn at 5th Street is permitted until Ellis Street reopens. Project updates wil provide details on construction and major project milestones. 

For more information please view the Factsheet and FAQ found in the Documents and Reports Section. 

Features and Benefits

  • Improves safety for all users
  • Increases transit efficiency
  • Diverts traffic off of Market Street

Upcoming changes

Two community workshops and individual meetings with stakeholders along the corridor have informed the upcoming changes, which include the following improvements:

  • The extension of bus and taxi only lanes westbound from 8th Street to 3rd Street and eastbound from 5th Street to 3rd Street
  • Left and right turn restrictions for private automobiles between 3rd Street and 8th Street
  • Bus, bicycle, taxi, and commercial vehicle only lanes at intersections with the proposed turn restrictions
  • New white passenger loading zones as part of two-year pilot program
  • New blue disabled parking zones


Community engagement has been a key component in the development of Safer Market Street.

The SFMTA conducted a rigorous and comprehensive community outreach and engagement process for the public to learn more about the project and provide suggestions. In addition to two community workshops, the project team has reached out to local merchants and hotels to receive feedback and provide suggestions on the project. 

Outside of the workshops and individual stakeholder meetings, staff has been available for contact by the public to listen to suggestions or concerns.


  • First Community Meeting: September 2014
  • Second Community Meeting: November 2014
  • Environmental Review: November 2014 - March 2015
  • Public Hearing: March 6, 2015
  • SFMTA Board of Director approvals: June 16, 2015
  • Implementation: Summer 2015
  • Enactment of turn restrictions: August 11, 2015
  • Completion: January 2016


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