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Upper Market Street Safety Project

Project Introduction

In November 2020, the Upper Market Street Safety Project secured $2.8 million in local Prop K sales tax revenue - including discretionary funds from the District 8 Supervisor's Office - to complete the project's $9.6 million construction phase budget. The SFMTA will ramp up stakeholder outreach in winter 2021, prior to starting construction in early spring.

Virtual Public Hearing on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM - The SFMTA will seek final legislative approval of circulation changes to support the capital construction phase and completion of the Upper Market Safety Project. These changes will include left-turn restrictions from Noe, Sanchez, and southbound 16th streets at Market Street (shared and discussed at length with the community in 2018) and a new traffic signal for the Hermann/Laguna intersection.

Comments on the proposed changes can also be sent to sustainablestreets@sfmta.com or casey.hildreth@sfmta.com. No decisions will be made at the hearing, but public feedback will be used in making final staff determinations within the following week.

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The Upper Market Street Safety Project is a substantial, multi-phased effort to improve the safety and comfort of Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street for all roadway users. The project is based on a data-driven approach to identifying collision hot spots and factors, and includes engineering recommendations for the corridor's complex 6-legged intersections, dedicated bike lane upgrades, and public realm improvements to enhance safety and comfort for people walking, driving, and bicycling. Project goals are to improve safety and comfort for all users by reducing the potential for conflict and by making travel along the corridor more predictable and intuitive. 

The project reflects years of robust outreach and evaluation, as well as prior neighborhood planning efforts - stretching back well over a decade – that include the Upper Market Street 2009 Community Vision and Recommendations and the Market-Octavia Area Plan.

Between 2015 and 2019, nearly $1 million in ‘near-term’ safety improvements were added to the corridor as a down payment on a larger set of traffic and sidewalk changes. The project’s final $10 million construction phase is expected to start in March 2021 and finish 14 to 18 months later, and is funded with Market Octavia developer impact fees, SFCTA Prop K sales tax revenues, a state grant and other local sources.

Project Timeline 
Near-Term Implementation
Long-Term Design
Near-Term Implementation
Begin Final Construction
Project Status
Implementation / Construction
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Painted safety zones, bulbouts, refuge islands, and upgraded crosswalks
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Signal timing improvements and right-turn on red restrictions
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Protected bikeway, green bike boxes, enhanced lane markings, and painted buffer zones
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Circulation changes, enhanced lane markings, and protected signal phases
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Landscaping and other public amenities
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Thumbnail islands and platform expansion to promote safety and accessibility on Muni boarding islands


Near-Term Implementation Phase 1

In 2015, the SFMTA implemented several near-term safety improvements, designed to quickly and effectively increase safety and comfort on the corridor while permanent improvements are designed and legislated.  These near-term project elements included:

  • Painted safety zones to increase pedestrian visibility and slow the speed of turning vehicles
  • Signal timing improvements to increase the crossing time for pedestrians, provide pedestrian “head starts,” and manage congestion
  • Upgraded crosswalks to increase visibility
  • New right-turn on red restrictions to enhance pedestrian safety and comfort 
  • Enhanced lane markings in the roadway to indicate where vehicles and bicycles should be
  • Enhanced bicycle lanes, to increase the separation between cyclists and drivers

Near-Term Implementation Phase 2

From 2018 to 2019, the SFMTA implemented the following near-term improvements that were approved by the SFMTA Board in May 2017:

  • Parking-protected bikeway on Market Street outbound between Octavia Boulevard and Duboce Avenue and inbound between Guerrero Street and Octavia Boulevard
  • Bike lane upgrades between Duboce and Castro on Market Street, on Sanchez Street approaching Market Street, and across Market Street at Octavia Boulevard
  • Painted safety zones at the Guerrero/Market and Hermann/Laguna intersections
  • Revised traffic signal phasing at the 16th/Noe/Market intersection
  • Improved intersection wayfinding/guidance markings

Capital Construction Phase

The project’s final set of capital investments to the Upper Market Street corridor will include the following elements: 

  • Sidewalk extensions (bulbouts) and ADA accessibility upgrades at seven intersections 
    • 17th/Castro - new curb ramps/pathway to Muni elevator and Pink Triangle Park
    • 16th/Noe - four bulbouts (both approaches to Market Street on 16th and Noe streets) 
    • 15th/Sanchez – four bulbouts (three on 15th Street) 
    • 14th St – one bulbout, southeast corner near Ace Hardware
    • Dolores St – straightening / shortening of Market Street crosswalk
    • Laguna/Guerrero – large bulbout on SE corner, new curb ramps at all corners 
    • Octavia/McCoppin/Central Freeway – widened Octavia plaza with crosswalk accessibility improvements including raised crosswalk at McCoppin Street 
  • Traffic Signals: 
    • Major overhaul (revised signal layout and phasing) for 16th/Noe and a Laguna/Guerrero intersections, including a new signal for Hermann/Laguna approach to Market Street 
    • Signal and phasing modifications at Octavia, 15th Street, and Castro Street 
  • Bikeway and bike access upgrades: 
    • Enhanced physical protection for southbound approach, northbound departure on Octavia at Market Street 
    • Widening/straightening of Market Street protected bikeway inbound at McCoppin/Central Freeway and outbound at Laguna and Buchanan street approaches 
    • New sidewalk bike racks and corrals 
  • Transit
    • Enhanced transit access including an expanded outbound boarding platform at Laguna Street 
  • Streetscape enhancements:
    • Uplighting of center median palm trees 
    • Stamped, decorative crosswalks at 15th/Sanchez and Hermann/Laguna intersections 
    • Substantial tree replacement and maintenance along Market Street, and new median island with landscaping on Guerrero Street approaching Market Street 
    • Repair and extension of the Rainbow Honor Walk plaque program 
    • Potential for custom, decorative (“HOPE”-themed) MUNI railings and bike racks, utility box public art pending successful contractor bid and final project budget


Stakeholder Engagement

From October 2014 to November 2019, the Upper Market Street Safety Project team held approx. 30 in-person meetings with key organizations including the Castro Commercial Benefit District (CBD), Castro Merchants group, Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA), Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA), Corbett Heights/Eureka Valley neighborhood associations, and the Market-Octavia Citizen’s Advisory Committee (MOP-CAC). During this time, the Project team also hosted eight public open meetings, including a curb space management workshop in October 2015 to gather community feedback on corridor parking and safety issues including double-parking and loading concerns, and a 2018 open house to consider potential streetscape upgrades and additional circulation changes.

In fall 2020, the SFMTA will hold a public hearing and consider final approvals for the project’s proposed left-turn restrictions at Market Street and new traffic signal at Hermann/Laguna. Once under construction, the project’s main construction phase outreach and notification will be managed by SF Public Works.


    Every year, dozens of people are killed and 200 more are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. These deaths and injuries are unacceptable and preventable, and San Francisco is committed to eliminating them.

    By adopting a policy called Vision Zero in 2014, the City and County of San Francisco is committed to building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws, and prioritizing resources to implement effective initiatives that save lives. Vision Zero aims to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024 and the SFMTA is prioritizing efforts on the corridors that have the highest number of serious and fatal collisions, including Upper Market Street.

    The Upper Market Street Safety Project is in support of Vision Zero and will implement targeted, proven safety improvements on the corridor.

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    Casey Hildreth