City and transportation officials cutting a blue ribbon at Powell Station

On November 22, Transportation Authority Board Chair Rafael Mandelman joined transportation leaders from BART and SFMTA, Mayor London Breed, Union Square Alliance, and more to celebrate the completion of the Powell Station Modernization Project. 

As one of the busiest stations in San Francisco and the gateway for many tourists visiting the city, the project upgraded and modernized Powell Street Station to improve safety, security, and overall customer experience. 

New features include: 

  • New illuminated ceiling art by San Francisco artist Stephen Galloway
  • Reopened public restrooms
  • LED lighting
  • New external canopy 
  • Relocation of ticket vending machines
  • Wayfinding and transit maps
  • New BART fare gates

These upgrades make the station brighter, safer, and more welcoming just in time for the holiday season when many are visiting Union Square to experience the festive activities, shopping, and amenities that it has to offer.

The Transportation Authority contributed $1 million in half-cent sales tax funding to support this critical effort.