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More than two miles of Market Street will be closed to private car traffic with San Francisco’s Better Market Street project — an effort that recently reached a “significant milestone,” according to city transit officials.
In late February, the Planning Department released its Draft Environmental Impact Report, a major step forward for the project’s completion, that outlines the Market Street makeover’s potential impacts on the environment, including noise and air quality.
Better Market Street seeks to transform 2.2 miles of Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero by restricting all private automotive traffic, including rideshare vehicles. Buses, taxis, commercial vehicles and paratransit would be exempt from vehicle restrictions.
The car traffic will be replaced by enlivened public plazas with greenery, sidewalk-level bike lanes and more easily accessible public transit stops and street crossings.
The project will also bring a new F-Market loop, starting at McAllister Street and Charles J. Brenham Place, and a street-level bikeway on Valencia Street between Market and McCoppin streets.
Construction for the Better Market Street project is slated to begin next year.
The public is invited to comment on the report by submitting feedback to the Planning Department until April 15. Comments should be submitted in the following ways:
- By email to Chris Thomas: email@example.com
- By mail: SF Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103
- Or in person at a public hearing on April 4, 1 p.m., SF Planning Commission, City Hall Room 400
You can view the full draft environmental report by clicking here.
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