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Active Beale Street

Project Introduction

Project Overview

The Active Beale Street Project aims to improve Beale Street with:

  • A transit-only lane from Market to Natoma streets that connects five Muni and three Golden Gate Transit lines to the Transbay Transit Center
  • A protected, two-way cycle track for bicycling between Market and Folsom streets
  • Wider sidewalks near Market and between Howard and Folsom streets
  • A casual carpool pickup zone restored between Howard and Folsom streets
  • A loading zone between Howard and Folsom streets
  • Landscaping that provides better protection for people walking and bicycling from traffic



The Active Beale Street Project is part of a larger neighborhood-wide community planning initiative called the South Downtown Design + Activation Plan (Soda). Soda seeks to create vibrant streets and revitalizing open spaces, while encouraging active transportation choices, as the East Cut neighborhood grows.

If the Active Beale Street Project is approved, project construction would occur in phases and be coordinated with other city agency and private development projects. 

Market to Natoma streets

Above: Beale Street with proposed transit-only lane, two-way cycle track between Market and Natoma.

Natoma to Folsom streets

Above: Beale Street with proposed two-way cycle track and sidewalk extensions between Natoma and Folsom streets.

Project Goals:

To improve operations for Muni and Golden Gate Transit, a transit-only lane woud connect to the Salesforce Transit Center. By adding landscaping elements, the project would provide better protection for people who walk and bike from vehicles, and enhance the environment as the East Cut neighborhood continues to grow. The project also aims to encourage more regional trips made by carpool by restoring a casual carpool pick-up zone.

    Project Timeline 
    Spring 2019
    Stakeholder outreach
    Fall 2019
    SFMTA Board of Directors meeting
    Winter 2020
    Construction (pending approval)
    Project Status
    Preliminary Engineering
    Detailed Design
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    Contact Information
    Enrique Aguilar