SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Public Works Department announced that their 24/7 public bathroom pilot program will launch on Monday, August 12.
The Pit Stop program has provided public restrooms since 2014 and expanded to 13 different neighborhoods with 25 locations. It originally started with several locations in the Tenderloin District before expanding.
The 24-hour service will begin at the following stations:
- The permanent bathroom at Eddy and Jones Streets in the Tenderloin.
- The mobile bathroom at Sixth and Jessie Streets in SoMa.
- The permanent bathroom at Castro and Market Streets.
“The Pit Stop model has proven itself during the day; they are widely utilized by the public, have led to reductions in 311 calls, and have improved safety and cleanliness wherever they are implemented. It is long overdue to extend this model to the evening and nighttime,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisor Matt Haney.
“We hope to demonstrate that there is a need for 24-hour restrooms throughout the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Civic Center 365 days a year,” Haney said. “This is an issue of basic human rights and human dignity, and will keep our streets cleaner and healthier,” said Haney.
The SF Department of Public Works was able to secure $200,000 in funding to keep the program up and running for the next six months. The bathrooms will continue to be staffed by non-profits Hunters Point Family and Urban Alchemy.