Commercial and Passenger Loading

The Better Market Street Project aims to improve the experience for everyone using the Cityís busiest corridor for transit, pedestrians and bikes. Among other elements, the project proposes four changes to how commercial and passenger loading would function along Market Street, the first three of which were already been implemented as part of the projectís quick-build phase in early 2020:


  1. New private vehicle restrictions were implemented that would limit loading along Market Street to commercial vehicles, taxis, and paratransit only. Other passenger loading, such as from Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber are required to occur at new passenger loading zones on nearby streets intersecting Market Street.

  2. Hours for loading zones have been restricted to reduce conflicts with people bicycling during peak bicycle commute times; for example, use of the loading zones along the southern side of Market Street is prohibited between the hours of 6:00am and 9:30am when eastbound bicycle traffic is at its peak.

  3. Over 100 new passenger commercial loading zones on side streets near Market have been installed. These new zones are designed to provide adequate space for more loading activities to occur off of Market Street.

  4. Within the project limits of Phase 1 (5th to 8th streets), existing loading bays will be upgraded to feature curb ramps, making their use easier for taxis and paratransit vehicles with accessible rear loading for people with mobility impairments, as well as commercial loading that utilize dollies and other equipment. While most bays would remain in their current locations, a few would need to be relocated or combined with other locations nearby.


NOTE: the design of loading bays under future phases of construction for other segments of Market Street are still to be determined.



Renderings of Proposed Flex Zones


March 2018 public meetings

The sidewalk-level loading zones are designed to allow commercial vehicles and paratransit to load safely.


March 2018 public meetings

A mountable curb allows vehicles to pull across the sidewalk-level bikeway a park.



Detailed Loading Zone Maps

In addition to the new flex zones that will replace the existing street-level loading bays, there are newly added white passenger and yellow commercial loading zones on surrounding side streets. To view all of the zones as well as the positions of each flex zone, explore the maps below. There are a total of 5 separate maps that together cover Market Street from Octavia to Steuart. Hard copies are available by contacting Ian Trout below and will also be available at project Open Houses planned on June 1 and June 5.


The Hub: Octavia to 12th Street
Civic Center Mid-Market: 10th to 6th Street
Retail District: Jones to Ellis Street
Financial District: Stockton to Sutter Street
Embarcadero District: Sansome to Steuart Street



More Information

If you have specific questions about Better Market Street loading proposals or want to request hard copies of the loading maps, please contact:
Ian Trout

(415) 701-4556

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