Market Street to be Car-Less Downtown
Starting in 2020, cars will start to be banned from downtown portion of San Francisco’s major thoroughfare Market Street. Construction of the first phase of the $604 million “Better Market Street” project will start in January from Fifth to Eighth streets. Once considered a radical idea, the Municipal Transportation Agency board voted unanimously to do it, with support from bicycle activists, politicians, city bureaucrats, parents, health care workers, business owners, ride-hail companies and Mayor London Breed among others. “The goal of the Better Market Street Project is to revitalize Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to The Embarcadero and to re-establish the street as the premier cultural, civic, and economic center of San Francisco and the Bay Area,” according to project documents. Pedestrian-only retail corridors have had mixed records elsewhere; Market Street’s wealth of transit options will hopefully make it a success.