Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Transportation & Infrastructure
Published on August 18, 2015
Castro Transportation Updates: Market Intersection Changes, Bike Share Coming SoonPhotos: Brian Ray/Hoodline

A series of big changes are either underway or coming up for the drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders of the Castro. Intersections are getting shaken up, Muni is undergoing nightly shutdowns, and Bay Area Bike Share is finally headed to the neighborhood.

For pedestrians and motorists, the changes to the 16th/Noe, 15th/Sanchez, and 14th/Church intersections along Market Street that we mentioned in July are now being instituted by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). No Right on Red restrictions are starting to kick in at Noe/Market/16th and Sanchez/Market/15th, and newly painted zebra-striped crosswalks and safety zones are appearing at all three intersections.

According to the SFMTA website for the project, signal timing improvements are also on the way shortly, although the timing appears to be aimed at managing vehicle speeds, rather than increasing time for pedestrians to cross two spans of road in one signal.

On the public transit side, many riders are already aware of the nightly Muni subway shutdowns that will last into January of next year. In addition to that project, the Castro Muni station will be resuming its previously delayed construction on new escalators. This project is scheduled to begin in October, and will involve replacing the escalators one at a time. We reached out to the SFMTA for additional information on the escalators, and will update if we hear from them.

A Bay Area Bike Share kiosk. (Photo: Bay Area Bike Share/Flickr)

Finally, the Castro will be getting Bay Area Bike Share kiosks sometime next year, according to a letter from the Castro Merchants. We reached out to Bay Area Bike Share for more details on the projected construction dates, locations, and quantity of bicycles, and will update this story as soon as we hear anything from them.

What are your thoughts on the current and coming changes? Share them in the comments, and stay tuned for updates on each of these projects as Hoodline receives more information.

Update, 8/20: Paul Rose of SFMTA has told us that the escalators will both be replaced at the same time and that construction is estimated to last 4.5 months. They will visually look the same as the current ones.

Dani Simmons of Bay Area Bike Share also updated us on the kiosks. "The program will grow from 328 to 4,500 bikes in San Francisco and from 35 to 450 stations," they told us. "We have not announced specific areas for the expansion yet but with this number of bikes are optimistic that we will be able to serve a significant portion of the city."