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Balboa Park Station’s major passenger loading zone will be closed for construction of the Upper Yard affordable housing development and to be transformed into a transit plaza, BART announced on June 9.
The two-way passenger loading zone known as the “kiss and ride” will be closed starting Thursday, June 24, and temporary loading zones will be set up nearby on Ocean, Geneva and San Jose avenues. The temporary drop-off and pick-up points will remain for approximately two years, according to the announcement.
Passenger loading for vehicles traveling in both directions will be available on Ocean Avenue: eastbound on the I-280 overpass and westbound in front of Balboa Park.
Accessible passenger loading will be available to vehicles traveling southbound on San Jose Avenue at Geneva Avenue.
Shuttle loading will be available on Geneva Avenue east of San Jose Avenue.
The Upper Yard project, led by San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, will include 131 units of affordable housing along with many other amenities such as commercial space. It was awarded final approvals from the Board of Supervisors on June 8.
BART will build a new transit plaza with safety upgrades, a path along Geneva Avenue and a new passenger loading zone, according to the announcement.