Starting today, Market Street through downtown is car-free.
City leaders, advocacy organizations, community members, and city agencies gathered at Embarcadero Plaza to celebrate the new car-free zone. Congrats to SFMTA for kicking off these improvements through its quick-build program.
Starting today, San Francisco's main civic boulevard puts people first.— London Breed (@LondonBreed) January 29, 2020
Market Street is officially car-free!https://t.co/lJbk8R2jMS
Today we celebrated the culmination of decades of advocacy and planning to make Market street a street for the people of SF! pic.twitter.com/ZIOw5LutSi— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) January 29, 2020
The street transformation includes:
- 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
The Transportation Authority has provided over $6 million in sales tax funds to support SFMTA's Quick Build program and planning for a safer Market Street. We have also committed $17 million towards the Better Market Street project.
The implementation of car-free Market Street has been a long-time coming: The Transportation Authority developed the Market Street Action Plan in 2004 and published a policy study (PDF) recommending automobile restrictions for Market Street in 2009. This helped inform the SFMTA's subsequent approval of turn restrictions and the decision to implement a car-free Market Street.