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 Renovations 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%.


Canopy masthead

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2020

Subsurface Potholing Work to Begin on Market Street Canopy Project 
Nov 2020 through Jan 2021

Dear Neighbors and local Stakeholders:

We are reaching out to let you know the Market Street Canopy project will begin doing subsurface exploratory work at each of the downtown Market Street BART station entrances at Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center, where a canopy is planned to be constructed.  

The work will include potholing (limited digging) in the sidewalk area around each Market Street station entrance. The work will begin November 9, 2020 and is expected to continue through January 2021 weekly, Monday through Friday, approximately 7am to 4pm. If necessary, weekend work may be scheduled. During December, the work will be focused at Embarcadero Station to avoid inconvenience to holiday shoppers.

The contractor will work at one canopy location at a time and will set up temporary barricade panels to delineate the work area from the public area. The contractor will remove pavement, excavate and document findings within the barricaded work area using use flat saws to cut the concrete and a vacuum truck to remove soil below the sidewalk. The work will not impact entry to a station if that entrance is currently open to the public. 

The primary focus of the exploratory work will be to investigate existing and abandoned utilities, footings and potential unforeseen underground conditions in preparation for the start of canopy construction. Upon completion of each investigation site, the contractor will restore the exposed pothole sites with temporary paving backfill. If an area needs further inspection, temporary paving covers will be used until investigative work has been completed. 

We appreciate your patience as we move down Market Street to each of the four downtown station entrances to complete this work over the next three months. REMINDER: Some Market Street BART entrances remain closed to the public during the Shelter in Place period for safety and maintenance reasons.  https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2020/news20200410

UPDATED OCTOBER 2020

Dear Neighbors and Local Stakeholders:

Please note that the work we previously scheduled at the BART entrance on the corner of 4th and Ellis on the north side of Market Street has been delayed.  

The work is now scheduled to begin Friday, October 16 at 9:00pm and will continue until Monday, October 19 at 4:30am.  Just a reminder that this entrance has been temporarily closed to the public through early 2021.  The public can access the station at other north side entrances, or the 4th & Market south side entrance near Old Navy.  

The contractor will arrive on site and begin prep work at the corner of 4th & Ellis to include staging of equipment inside a 30’ ft x 10’ ft cordoned area of the sidewalk.  The contractor will use a forklift to move equipment from the staging area to the escalator pit. Air compressors will be in use and there may be some minimal truck and back-up beeper noise, but it is not expected to last long.  Impacts to the public will be minimal.

Once the escalator unit has been hoisted in place, the contractor will begin several months of electrical and mechanical installation work to bring the unit to an operational status.  

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020

Dear Neighbors and Local Stakeholders:

In early October the escalator contractor will work over a weekend to lift and place the new escalator equipment at the BART entrance on the corner of 4th and Ellis on the north side of Market Street.

The work is scheduled to begin Friday, October 2 at 9:00pm and will continue until Monday, October 5 at 4:30am.  (There is a chance the work will need to be delayed, if that is the case, the work will be rescheduled to the weekend of October 16 and a new notice will be issued.) Just a reminder that this entrance has been temporarily closed to the public through early 2021.  The public can access the station at other north side entrances, or the 4th & Market south side entrance near Old Navy.  

The contractor will arrive on site and begin prep work at the corner of 4th & Ellis to include staging of equipment inside a 30’ ft x 10’ ft cordoned area of the sidewalk.  The contractor will use a forklift to move equipment from the staging area to the escalator pit. Air compressors will be in use and there may be some minimal truck and back-up beeper noise, but it is not expected to last long.  Impacts to the public will be minimal.

Once the escalator unit has been hoisted in place, the contractor will begin several months of electrical and mechanical installation work to bring the unit to an operational status.  

Dear Neighbors and Local Stakeholders:

We are reaching out to let you know about some entrance changes taking place at the Powell Street Station – most specifically the entrances at 4th Street on the north and south sides of Market Street.

The BART District has made an operational decision to temporarily close the full station entrance on the north side of Market Street at 4th and Ellis. This closure will begin at the start of revenue service 5:00am on Friday, September 11, 2020.  The entrance will remain closed until the escalator replacement at that location has been completed in early 2021. 

You may recall, in April 2020, BART Operations had closed the 4th & Market south side entrances to reduce access for maintenance and station operation purposes.  The District will now open the Powell 4th / Market Street entrance on the south side of Market near Old Navy to provide a working escalator at the east end of the station.  This entrance will open at the start of revenue service 5:00am on Friday, September 11, 2020.

We truly thank you for your patience.  Please know we are working hard to complete the Escalator Replacement Project on Market Street, while continuously taking our rider safety, access and overall experience into consideration.  

To check if an elevator is in service before arriving at a station, please call 510-834-LIFT (510-834-5438) or 888-2-ELEVAT (888-235-3828),or sign up for elevator status alerts at www.bart.gov/elevators. If you arrive at any station and find that the elevator(s) are out of service, you may contact a Station Agent to arrange for a lift van to take you to a nearby station with a working elevator.

Open and closed entrances for Powell Station

UPDATE 8/20/2020

Dear Neighbors and Local Stakeholders:

As reported, BART crews worked last weekend (Aug 14-17) to close the station entrance temporarily to complete the removal of existing escalator equipment from the Powell Station entrance located at 4th & Market Street at Ellis Street. 

During the equipment removal process crews discovered that a critical support beam will need to be replaced before the new escalator can be installed.  The escalator contractor is working expeditiously to come up with a solution and seek engineering approval from BART before work can begin on beam replacement. 

BART will postpone the original date (Aug 28-31) of the second entrance closure to install the new escalator. 

The second weekend entrance closure will now begin Friday, September 11 at 9:00pm, and will remain closed until Monday, September 14 at 4:30am, prior to the start of revenue service. At 4:30am the contractor will remove the temporary entrance barricades at the top and bottom of stairway to allow public access.

We thank you for your patience as we work to accomplish this important escalator replacement project.  As a reminder, per state code, street-level escalators can only be installed at locations where a canopy has been constructed.  For the remainder of 2020, all other escalator replacement installations will be performed on platform escalators inside downtown stations.

To check if an elevator is in service before arriving at a station, please call 510-834-LIFT (510-834-5438) or 888-2-ELEVAT (888-235-3828),or sign up for elevator status alerts at www.bart.gov/elevators. If you arrive at any station and find that the elevator(s) are out of service, you may contact a Station Agent to arrange for a lift van to take you to a nearby station with a working elevator.

UPDATE (July 2020)

Dear Market Street Neighbors & Stakeholders:

The BART Market Street Escalator Project was awarded and began in mid-2019.  The contractor has been actively assessing and surveying existing equipment and conditions since that time.  Escalator units are being fabricated off site and upon delivery, crews will work to install these new units.

In the weeks ahead the contractor will begin work on replacing the first three of 41 escalators at two of the four downtown stations in San Francisco.  The total contract will include installation of 23 street-level escalators, and 18 platform-level escalators at all four downtown stations. 

BART entrances will remain open and accessible to transit riders during escalator installations. The BART Market Street Escalator Project is working in close coordination with the BART Market Street Canopy Project to synchronize construction timelines.  An escalator may only be installed once a canopy has been constructed.
  
The first installation of escalator units will be at the following locations:
  
(Outside Station) 
Powell St. Station – 4th & Market / Ellis Street at corner near Diesel Store (North side of Market Street)

(Outside Station) 
Civic Center Station – 7th & Market near corner CVS Store (South side of Market Street)

(Inside Station) 
Powell St. Station – Platform escalator inside station at the west end near Westfield Shopping Center

Upcoming Activities

On July 20 the contractor will begin installation of three barricades which will be used for laydown / storage areas on the concourse level, inside the Powell Street & Civic Center stations. The 3 escalators listed above will remain in service at this time, and pedestrian traffic inside the station will not be affected. Project information about the associated construction will be displayed on the outside of the storage barricade.

On the following days BART’s contractor will take the first three escalators out of service and start installation of barricades around the top, incline and bottom of each escalator unit.  
•    Powell St. / 4th & Market – July 27
•    Powell St. / Platform Escalator – July 30
•    Civic Center / 7th & Market – August 3
*Dates subject to change

These escalators will remain out of service for 6 months while the contractor works to install the new escalator units.   

BART will need to close the Powell St. Station entrance for two weekends later in Summer 2020 to safely move the new escalators in place.  We will notify neighbors and riders prior to these temporary weekend closures.  Thank you for your patience as we work to complete this important project.


Powell entrance by Maria J. Avila

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.


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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