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SFMTA Parking Facilities Elevator Upgrades

Project Introduction

Over the next year, the SFMTA will rehabilitate and modernize elevators in 4 city-owned parking facilities. Critical parts of the elevators will be upgraded to make them more efficient and reliable and be able to handle new technology. Once complete, the benefits associated with the elevator upgrades include: 

  • Reduced energy costs
  • Increased rider safety
  • Improved reliability
  • Improved operating efficiency
  • Improved performance
  • More energy efficient
  • An enhanced Ride Quality
    • Smooth Acceleration
    • Smooth deceleration
    • Minimal Noise/vibration

Elevator Upgrade Locations

  • Polk-Bush 
  • Vallejo 
  • Union Square 
  • Sutter-Stockton
  • Moscone 

Features of the New Elevators

  • New closed loop door operators will provide a new type of motorized mechanism that opens and closes the doors to make it safer and more reliable.

  • Custom door and cab sills provide metal tracks that guide the doors to open and close, with debris traps to reduce door issues caused by foreign objects.

  • Elevator/Escalator Management System will use computers to allow 24/7 monitoring and remote troubleshooting of the equipment.

Current Phase or Stage
Predicted Completion
summer 2020
Project Status
Implementation / Construction
Project Success
On schedule

Elevator Upgrades Remaining Schedule Estimate

Garage Start Finish/Projected  
Polk-Bush 2/28/2019     12/6/2019
Vallejo 2/28/2019 2/28/2020
Union Square 2/28/2019 3/27/2020
Sutter-Stockton Mid Rise    2/28/2019 3/13/2020
Sutter-Stockton High Rise 2/28/2019 3/13/2020
Moscone 2/10/2020 8/28/2020


Contact Information
David Dunham, Manager
Pamela Johnson, Public Relations Officer