Castro Station Accessibility Improvements Project
As part of a system-wide effort to improve Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access to Muni transit, the pavement and pedestrian areas around Castro Muni station will be improved and a second elevator will be added to provide continuous access to the station. Station improvements include widening the sidewalk, replacing the existing lighting, and regrading the pavement above the station.
Project Details, History or Features
As part of a larger system-wide effort to improve accessibility to Muni services, several stations are having their elevators and escalators rehabbed. Some stations, including Castro Station, are serviced with a single elevator that provides access to the station gates. When the elevator needs servicing, or goes out of service unexpectedly, customers who rely on the elevator to enter the station are unable to do so, affecting their day-to-day activities. With a second elevator added to the station, the existing elevator can be serviced without disrupting access and provides continuous access to the station and trains. Castro Station will undergo several upgrades in and around the station area in an effort to improve ADA access to the station and Muni transit. These proposed improvements include:
Adding a second elevator to provide continuous access to the station
Regrading (leveling) the brick area surround the station entrance to create ADA compliant paths of travel
Widening the brick walkway above the station by removing the planters where feasible
Widening the sidewalk on Market Street to create safer and more comfortable pedestrian path
Replacing the existing plaza lighting
SFMTA is working closely with ongoing efforts from Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP) on their efforts to redesign Harvey Milk Plaza to commemorate Milk's legacy. All public art proposed for the plaza will be procured by FHMP and approved by the San Francisco Arts Commission.