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BART Marks Completion of First Station Canopies

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) recently marked the completion of the first two canopies above station entrances along Market Street in San Francisco, at the BART and San Francisco Municipal Railway’s (Muni) Powell Street and Civic Center stations.

Each canopy includes a real-time digital display that shows train arrival times, a retractable gate, LED lighting and security cameras. The two canopies were built as a pilot project and more will be installed above the remaining 22 BART and Muni entrances above the four downtown San Francisco stations.

BART General Manager Grace Crunican said, “The canopies mark a significant improvement. They will not only help protect our escalators from the elements like weather and debris, but from misuse because they can be locked at the street level each night when the stations close.”
BART General Manager Grace Crunican speaks at ceremonies to mark completion of the first two canopies above BART/Muni station entrances.
Ed Reiskin, director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates Muni, said, “Some of our riders are much more reliant on the escalators than others: people with disabilities, people with other mobility challenges, maybe people with suitcases. So, to be able to give them more reliability is really important to us.”

BART worked closely with the city of San Francisco’s Better Market Street campaign and with the SFMTA on designing and securing money for the project.

The canopies, a state code requirement for new escalator investments, are part of the joint Downtown San Francisco Market Street Canopies and Escalators Modernization Project. Another element of the project is replacement of 41 escalators—23 from street to concourse, 18 from concourse to platform level—at four rail stations.
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