Civic Center/UN Plaza station

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Civic Center
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Muni Metro station Civic Center
BART train at Civic Center station, May 2018.jpg
BART train at Civic Center/UN Plaza station in 2018
Location1150 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°46′47″N 122°24′49″W / 37.779861°N 122.413498°W / 37.779861; -122.413498Coordinates: 37°46′47″N 122°24′49″W / 37.779861°N 122.413498°W / 37.779861; -122.413498
Line(s)Market Street Subway
Platforms2 island platforms (one for BART, one for Muni)
Tracks2 wide gauge (BART)
2 standard gauge (Muni Metro)
2 standard gauge (Muni surface)
ConnectionsAC Transit
Golden Gate Transit
Kaiser Shuttle Yellow Line
Disabled accessYes
OpenedNovember 5, 1973 (BART)
February 18, 1980 (Muni)[1]
Passengers (FY 2016)23,564 exits/day[2]
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Millbrae (Daly City on Saturdays)
Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae
toward Richmond
toward Daly City
Dublin/​Pleasanton–​Daly City
toward SFO (Millbrae on weeknights & weekends)
toward Daly City
Warm Springs/South Fremont–​Daly City
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro
toward Balboa Park
J Church
toward Embarcadero
L Taraval
M Ocean View
toward West Portal
S Shuttle
toward Balboa Park
K Ingleside
One-way operation
One-way operation
T Third Street
toward Sunnydale
N Judah
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni heritage railway
F Market & Wharves

Civic Center/UN Plaza is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Muni Metro station in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. The westernmost of the dual BART/Muni stops on the Market Street Subway, Civic Center/UN Plaza acts as a major hub for passenger movement throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With 18,432 exits each weekday, it is the fourth-busiest station in the BART system.


Service at this station began on November 5, 1973.[3]

In 2005, the station name was changed to Civic Center/UN Plaza during celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the United Nations and World Environment Day.[4][5] Additional fares gates to allow direction connections between Muni and BART (without having to go up to the fare mezzanine) were also proposed.[5]

Station layout and changes[edit]

The closed-off entrance in 2017
Canopy construction in May 2018

Like the three other shared BART/Muni stations in the Market Street Subway, Civic Center station has three levels: a fare mezzanine on the first level, an island platform for Muni Metro on the second level, and an island platform for BART on the third level. As with the other three stations, Civic Center was built with six entrances – three on each side of Market Street – leading to the fare concourse. A passageway to two additional entrances west of 8th Street and Hyde Street was opened later.[6] One of those entrances, on the north side of Market Street at Grove Street, was temporarily closed in December 2016 after a sewer pipe collapsed under the escalators.[7] The entrance remained closed until it was permanently removed in October 2017.[8]

The remaining entrance west of 8th Street was permanently closed on November 1, 2018, as the passageway space was needed for a new electrical substation to add redundancy and capacity to support increased Transbay Tube train frequency. The six original entrances (all of which are significantly closer to the faregates) remained open.[9] The concourse has two BART fare payment areas and two Muni fare payment areas.[6]

Following the 2015 addition of a canopy over an escalator at 19th Street Oakland station, which reduced escalator downtime by one-third, BART decided to add canopies to all downtown Oakland and San Francisco entrances.[10] The canopies will protect the escalator from weather damage, improve lighting, allow the escalator to be fully closed off when the station is not open, and provide a location for real-time train arrival information displays. The Civic Center station entrance at Market and 7th was chosen for early implementation; it was closed on December 11, 2017, with the new canopy opened on October 9, 2018.[10] The remaining Powell station entrances will have similar canopies added beginning in 2019, with completion in 2025.[11]

In May 2018, BART proposed to close off a corridor that connects the 7th Street and 8th Street sides of the station because it was frequently used for drug use.[12]

Under the planned Better Market Street project, stops on the F Market and Wharves line and bus routes would be consolidated to reduce travel times. The F stops at 7th and 8th streets would be replaced by a single midblock stop.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Callwell, Robert (September 1999). "Transit in San Francisco: A Selected Chronology, 1850-1995" (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Railway. p. 57.
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Reports". Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "BART Chronology January 1947 – March 2009" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Cabanatuan, Michael (April 29, 2013). "BART station names growing unwieldy". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "CIVIC CENTER/U.N. PLAZA" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
  6. ^ a b "Civic Center/UN Plaza Station map". San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Civic Center Grove Street entrance closed for repairs" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. December 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Permanent entrance closures planned at Civic Center for traction power project" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. October 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Civic Center entrance Hotel Whitcomb/8th & Market closed permanently 11/1/2018" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. October 15, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "SF BART and Muni Escalator/Entrance Project". San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Archived from the original on November 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ribbon-cutting held for San Francisco BART Station Market St. Canopies" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. November 13, 2018.
  12. ^ Turner, Emily (May 21, 2018). "BART Proposes Closing Walkway Favored By Drug Users At Civic Center Station". CBS SF BayArea.
  13. ^ Better Market Street Project EIR (PDF). 1. San Francisco Planning Department. February 27, 2019. p. 2-53.

External links[edit]

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