San Francisco Station Entrances & Escalators

Canopy Escalator Project Graphic

The canopy project is in conjunction with the Market Street Escalators Renovation Project.  That project, approved in March 2019 for $96.5 million, will install and replace 41 escalators at Embarcadero, Montgomery St., Powell St., and Civic Center stations. 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. 

This Market Street Escalators Renovation Project 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.

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 street level when stations are closed. The added protection from the existing canopy in Oakland has reduced escalator down time by about 30%.

Neighborhood Notices and News

BART is committed to providing neighborhood stakeholders impacted by the Market Street Stations Canopy & Escalators Project with regular notices and news. Below is an archive of all neighborhood notices and news, which began on July 2020.

December 2021
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Powell entrance by Maria J. Avila

Canopy Program

On January 23, 2020, the BART Board of Directors approved a contract to construct 22 canopies over entrances at BART stations along Market St. in downtown San Francisco.

Two canopies that were completed in November 2018 have proven to be successful in closing the entrances when BART is not open for service, addressing security and maintenance concerns and ensuring that employees who open the entrances are safer. 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 contract approved by the Board includes purchasing and installing 19 canopies for $64 million as the base and includes options for 3 additional canopies one funding is identified.  The plan also includes incorporating local art into the ceiling surface material. The project to install canopies is funded by voter approved Measure RR funds, San Francisco Prop A funds, and state Prop 1A funds.

Escalator Replacement Program

On March 14, 2019, The BART Board of Directors approved the single largest contract for escalator replacement in BART history. The $96.5 million contract for the Market Street Escalators Renovation Project will install and replace 41 escalators at Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center Stations. Of the escalators to be replaced, 22 are street to concourse level and 18 connect concourse with station platforms. Additionally, a street level escalator at Civic Center Station will be relocated to the entrance closest to the Orpheum Theatre which currently has only stairs. We anticipate replacing six escalators each year. 

Phase Two of the Measure RR funded escalator overhaul program will involve 38 escalators at downtown Oakland's 12th St. and 19th St. Stations, and at San Francisco's 16th/Mission St. and 24th/Mission St. Stations. Future phases will involve the remaining 96 escalators.

Ribbon cutting Powell

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. 

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. The Civic Center canopy was opened on November 13, 2018.

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