On November 13, 2018, BART opened of the first two canopies above BART and SFMTA entrances along San Francisco’s Market Street. One of the new canopies is above the Powell Street Station (north side of Market and Ellis Streets) and the other above the Civic Center Station (south side of Market and 7th Streets).
Each canopy includes a real-time digital display that shows train arrival times, a retractable gate, LED lighting and security cameras. The two canopies were built as a pilot project and more are coming above all of the remaining 22 BART and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency entrances above the four downtown San Francisco stations.
On March 14, 2019 the BART Board of Directors awarded a $96.5 million contract for the Market Street Escalators Renovation Project that will install and replace 41 escalators in downtown San Francisco.
Twenty-two of the escalators that will be replaced extend from the street to the concourse levels of the stations while 18 connect concourses with station platforms. Additionally, a street level escalator at Civic Center Station will be relocated to the entrance closest to the Orpheum Theatre where only stairs currently exist.
This work will enhance rider safety and escalator reliability. A key provision of the program requires the contractor to maintain a reliability rate of at least 96% for the new escalators during the life of the nearly ten-year contract.
It’s anticipated BART can complete work on six escalators per year. The first escalators are expected to be delivered for installation in spring 2020.
A contract is also set to be awarded in 2019 for the project to build 22 additional canopies above the BART/MUNI street level entrances for the Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center Stations.
The canopies are going up in conjunction with the Market Street Escalators Renovation Project.
The canopies will not only protect the new escalators from the wear-and-tear of elements like rain and wind-swept debris, but they will provide an added layer of station security and cleanliness through motorized gates that allow the entrances to be locked at the street level when stations are closed.
These projects are being partially funded through voter-approved Measure RR bond money.
Powell Street Station: Ellis and Market Street Entrance
On November 6, 2017, our contractor built a barricade around the entrance to Powell Street Station located at Ellis & Market streets on the north side. The entrance was closed for the construction of the new protective canopy and was opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 13, 2018.
Civic Center Station: 7th and Market Street south side Entrance
On Monday, December 11, 2017 our contractor built a barricade around the entrance to Civic Center/UN Plaza Station located at 7th and Market streets on the south side. The entrance was closed for the construction of a new protective canopy.
Like the Powell Street Station canopy, the Civic Center canopy will include a digital display to show train arrival times, new security grille, new LED lighting, security cameras, and other improvements.
SF Market Street Canopy/Escalator Replacement Project
BART and the City of San Francisco are working to protect the transit stations from weather, and improve both security and escalator durability. Market Street will eventually have new protective canopies for the BART/MUNI entrances at all of the Downtown San Francisco stations. These canopies are a state code requirement to protect new escalator investments. This project is being coordinated closely with SF Better Market Street.
We have learned from the 19th St. Station Pilot Project in Oakland that implementation of the canopy has reduced escalator down time by nearly 1/3, so we anticipate significant improvement to escalator performance in downtown SF when the Canopy/Escalator Replacement Project - Powell St. and Civic Center Station Pilot Project and the Market Street Canopy and Escalator Modernization Project - are completed.
The Canopy/Escalator Replacement Project - Powell St. and Civic Center Station Pilot Project includes:
- One canopy at the Powell St. Station by the Diesel Store and one canopy at the Civic Center Station by the CVS Pharmacy.
- New canopies, lighting and grille gates that will be deployed at the street level when the stations are closed.
With the Passage of Measure RR, the Market Street Canopy and Escalator Modernization Project includes:
- Remaining canopies at Powell St. and Civic Center station entrances, and all of Embarcadero and Montgomery station entrances.
- Escalator modernization at street and BART platform levels at all four downtown stations.
- On March 14, 2019 BART Board approves $96.5 million contract for the Market Street Escalators Renovation Project.
- First escalators are set to be delivered for installation in Spring 2020.
- Canopies contract to be awarded in early 2019.
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