Escalator and canopy program update
The BART Board’s Operations, Safety, and Workforce Committee today heard an update (presentation linked to below) on plans to renovate or replace escalators at some of the system’s busiest stations as well as install protective canopies in downtown San Francisco. The plan represents the first major overhaul of BART escalators in nearly 20 years.
The first phase of the proposal calls for BART to replace or truss-up (module replacement) 41 escalators in downtown San Francisco at an estimated cost of $164 million.
In March 2017 we began an improvement modernization project on two escalators. By late 2018 we expect to complete the first dozen escalators identified downtown as the least reliable.
BART will also install 22 canopies at its downtown San Francisco stations from Embarcadero through Civic Center. That effort will cost an estimated $66 million. Construction of the first two pilot canopies will begin by the end of this year.
The full BART Board will hear an update on the escalator and canopy program in December.