Plan to close 2 miles of Market Street to private car traffic moves forward

by Teresa Hammerl : curbed – excerpt

The city’s Better Market Street project is intended to improve safety and transportation quality on the 2.2-mile stretch of Market Street that runs from Steuart Street (near the Embarcadero) to Octavia Boulevard.

In order to move the project to its next phase, the Planning Department has now released a draft environmental impact report, with more insights into how the city plans to alter the streetscape on Market.

As we previously reported, the Better Market Street plan would restrict all private automotive traffic on Market Street from Steuart Street to Van Ness Avenue (westbound) and 10th Street to Main Street (eastbound). That would include ride-hailing cars from services like Uber and Lyft.

In place of private auto traffic, the plan proposes new sidewalk-level bikeways in each direction on Market, spaced between pedestrian walkways and centered transit stops and boarding islands.

Muni buses and F-Market streetcars would run in designated center lanes, and share outside lanes with taxis, paratransit vehicles and commercial loading vehicles…

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Members of the public can submit comments via mail to SF Planning’s Chris Thomas at 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103 or by sending an email to christopher.thomas. Comments will be accepted until April 15.

The Planning Department will host a hearing on the project on April 4 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, room 400(more)

The merchants, if there are any left, may want to say something about this plan that is clearly not concerned with their needs. The dragon is breathing down the neck of everyone who is still standing. We hope that someone will conduct a study to find out which businesses are surviving and which are dying, along with the employees and customers who are leaving our bedroom community behind. We wonder how the city will deal with a real large disaster when there is no exit plan and electric vehicles will be stalled on their tracks.

2 thoughts on “Plan to close 2 miles of Market Street to private car traffic moves forward

  1. Last I checked the end result starting with no left turns as step one to this closure plan is eventually no cars from the embarcadero to vanness. People better wake up.

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  2. Or stay asleep to avoid the coming nightmare. Is it a coincidence the remake of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was filmed in San Francisco? They should remake “Brazil” here. That is where we are heading.

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