The SFMTA has banned private autos on Market Street between Third and Eighth streets. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The SFMTA has banned private autos on Market Street between Third and Eighth streets. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Part of Market street permanently closed to vehicles starting Tuesday

Market street drivers take heed: Starting today, it is illegal to turn onto Market Street between Third and Eighth streets.

Dubbed a “Safer Market Street,” the restrictions begin today and are permanent.

The project was approved by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors in June.

Private autos, Uber vehicles, Lyft vehicles and other Transportation Network Company vehicles (as the “rideshares” are legally known as in California) are banned. Some vehicles are still allowed on Market Street, however, including Muni buses, taxis, emergency vehicles, commercial vehicles and bikes.

Those vehicles will see speedier trips, as the project is expected by the SFMTA to cut traffic volumes along Market in half.

Market Street between Third and Eighth streets saw 162 injury collisions in 2012
and 2013. Of these collisions, 58 percent were people walking or biking being struck by automobiles, according to the SFMTA. Roughly half of these collisions happened at or near an intersection.

“Market Street is a high injury corridor and one of the city’s busiest,” said District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, in a statement. “I’m excited that we are moving towards realizing a vision of Market Street that is safe for all street users.”

As part of the project, the SFMTA is also adding eight white passenger loading zones, four accessible parking spaces and will convert a white zone to a commercial loading zone.

It’s one of 24 priority safety projects that The City has pledged to complete by February 2016 as part of Vision Zero, The City’s commitment to eliminate all traffic deaths.

Sixteen of those projects have already been completed, according to the SFMTA. All 24 are slated to be complete by February 2016.

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