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Lower Powell Street Improvement Project

Lower Powell Street Improvement Project

In early 2015, the USBID led the outreach efforts with SFMTA to hotels and retailers along lower Powell Street regarding the agency’s proposal to close two-blocks of the street (btwn. Ellis to Geary Streets) to private vehicles (excluding hotel passenger pick-up/drop-off) for an 18-month trial period that started in November 2015. The six-month outreach effort included numerous stakeholder meetings with hotel owners, retailers, parking garage operators, and former District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen. Issues of particular concern were maintaining hotel passenger unloading/loading, traffic congestion, and turn-lane restrictions on/off Powell Street. In the end, stakeholders came together to support the pilot (with modifications), which led the SFMTA Board to unanimously approve the pilot (with proposed modifications), including temporary traffic improvements such as new red curb coloring, traffic signage and added parking enforcement. Preliminary pilot results are expected to be released in early 2017.