On June 28, 2018 the BART Board of Directors took a major step forward for the downtown San Francisco Market Street Canopies and Escalators Modernization Project by adopting environmental documents, clearing the way for bids to go out later this year and contracts to be awarded in 2019.
Two pilot canopies opened in Fall 2018, one above the Powell Street Station (north side of Market and Ellis Streets) and the other above Civic Center (south side of Market and 7th Streets).
The board approval clears the way 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 a project at the same four stations that will replace 40 escalators: 22 escalators from the street to concourse level, and 18 escalators from the Concourse to Platform level.
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. The canopy will include a digital display to show train arrival times, new security grille, new LED lighting, security cameras, and other improvements.
This entrance re-opened on September 29, 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. The canopy will include a digital display to show train arrival times, new security grille, new LED lighting, security cameras, and other improvements.
This entrance reopened on October 9, 2018 and a ribbon-cutting celebration was held for both pilot canopies on November 13, 2018.
You can read more about the canopy plan here.
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.
- Environmental clearance, Design and Coordination are underway
- Final Design, Advertising and Award in early 2019
- Construction starts later in 2019
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