A decade in the making, car-free Market Street faces final approval

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

From Main Street near the Embarcadero to Van Ness Boulevard, cars will not be allowed to run the length of Market.

Market Street is on the cusp of becoming car-free.

Three major milestones in October will result in the final city approval needed to break ground on the Better Market Street project, which will transform Market Street with wider sidewalks, pedestrian plazas, revitalize transit stops, and — perhaps most controversially — ban private vehicles from driving Market Street downtown.

Cars, banished, will make way for more free-flowing Muni service to every neighborhood in San Francisco…

One assumes there will be a way to deliver goods to the many businesses that are still attempting to survive on Market Street. Otherwise, it looks like the next phase will be massive new evictions and empty storefronts to make way for more office and housing on Market ?

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48hills – excerpt with hearing schedules:

The Planning Commission Thursday/10 will take a big step toward banning private cars from Market Street – an idea that some transit advocates have been pushing for more than two decades.

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez does a good job explaining the plan in the Ex. It would eliminate all private auto traffic from Van Ness to Steuart St. Only buses and taxis would be allowed. (The ban would include Uber and Lyft vehicles, which are not taxis.)

The idea is to make the city’s main street more pedestrian and bike friendly – and to make Muni move faster. Since much of SF’s public transportation infrastructure shares surface streets with cars, anything that gets cars out of the way helps Muni.

The commission will be asked to approve the final EIR on the project. It will got to the SFMTA Board Tuesday/15… (more)