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Better Market Street Project

Project Introduction

Market Street is one of the city’s premier streets that is historically and culturally important in connecting neighborhoods. Its primary function of facilitating the movement of people and goods is still a priority; however, with the increase in other modes of transportation, the corridor is needing a redesign.

The Better Market Street project offers a special opportunity to envision a new Market Street. The goal of the project is to revitalize Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to The Embarcadero and reestablish the street as the premier cultural, civic and economic center of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The new design would create a comfortable, universally accessible, sustainable, and enjoyable place that attracts more people on foot, bicycle and public transit to visit shops, adjacent neighborhoods and area attractions.

The project is a collaboration between five key city agencies along with community partners.  For more details on proposed designs, please click the button below: 

Better Market Street Website


Better Market Street: Quick-Build

Starting in January 2020, the SFMTA will deliver safety and transit reliablity measures to Market Street as a part of its Quick-Build program. These elements can be installed relatively quickly and will start improving the street in the near-term before the full project goes into construction over the coming years.

Quick-Build elements:

  • Making Market a car-free zone east of 10th Street
  • 100 new cross-street passenger and commercial loading zones to accommodate safe loading
  • Peak hour loading restrictions on Market Street to reduce conflicts between people on bicycles, transit and commercial vehicles
  • Extending existing transit-only lane east from Third to Main Street - the segment of Market with the most transit service - and making it Muni-only (taxis and non-Muni buses will no longer be allowed)
  • Installing painted safety zones at eight intersections to make crossing the street safer
  • Adding bicycle intersection improvements at Eighth, Page, Battery, and Valencia streets
  • Changes to sections of Ellis, Jones, 2nd and Steuart streets to improve safety and vehicle movement (see below map for details)

Traffic changes as part of Quick-Build:

Map of car free Market Street east of 10th Street. Vehicles can still cross Market at intersections.

Map of changes coming January 2020. Private vehicles would be prohibited from turning onto or using Market Street in the car free area. All traffic would still be able to cross Market on cross street.

 


Addional Project Details:

To explore the full plan view project, check out our block by block map.

Project Status
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