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)

1 thought on “A decade in the making, car-free Market Street faces final approval

  1. “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 ?”

    They will approve this 100%.

    More “mixed-use” housing after the business shit downs and evictions. As well as another ballot measure for more “affordable housing bonds”. Which pretty much means tax breaks for developers as the citizens will cover the rest through the “bond”.

    Soon to follow No parking on mission street as a bike lane as well as red carpet lane from Vaness to the Embarcadero.

    More info on market street:

    http://www.bettermarketstreetsf.org

    https://www.sfcta.org/projects/better-market-street

    Funding from prop K and prop A.

    Weren’t we told that prop A was supposedly a housing bond? Perfect reason why I’ve always said to read the legal text of all measures. They prop up the homeless who can’t afford $200 let alone $3600 for a one bedroom and they lie about affordable housing. Tell you there is a housing crisis. Prop A will be on the next ballot. My suggestion shoot it down hard. I know it’s a long shot as the citizens of sf vote for everything they cry about it after getting screwed with a bus lane but you never know they may listen one day.

    Read all legal texts on the next ballot. I’ll try to get you detail of funding.

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