SF Officials Move To Keep Cars Off Part Of Market Street

Scott Lettieri
October 15, 2019 - 10:24 am
Street car on Market Street, with Ferry Building in background

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday is expected to finalize a plan that would eventually ban private vehicular traffic on a large portion of Market Street.

The idea behind the Better Market Street Project is to create a kind of pedestrian plaza, making the space safer for bicyclists, e-scooter riders and pedestrians, and to help MUNI vehicles and taxis move more quickly across the city.

Cars would still be able to cross Market at its intersections between Steuart and Octavia Streets, but they would not be allowed to drive on that portion of the thoroughfare.

Market Street would still be open to private cars above Octavia Street, into the Castro and beyond.