New Market Street plan would ban private vehicles, including Uber and Lyft

- A new design for Market Street in San Francisco calls for banning the use of private cars, including Uber and Lyft Vehicles. 

It's part of a project called Better Market Street. City transportation officials and a handful or city agencies have been working on the design plans for nearly eight years.

The plan focuses on a two mile stretch of Market Street between Embarcadero and Octavia.

Officials are looking at a design that would make the street open to only buses, bikes, and pedestrians.

Private cars, including Uber and Lyft, would not be allowed on that two mile stretch, but taxis would be.

The center lanes would be reserved for MUNI. Market Street would also get protected bike lanes.

The red bricks on the Embarcadero and Market would also be removed and replaced with some type of pavers. 

The red bricks get slippery and potentially dangerous when it rains, and they are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Public Works officials say the goal is to transform Market Street into a more pedestrian-friendly promenade and gathering place.

The project is estimated to cost more than $600 million.

According to the project's website, some of the funding would come from a voter approved transportation bond, passed three years ago. 

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