SAN FRANCISCO—BART’s Board of Directors approved a $11.3 million modernization project to improve the Powell Street Station on Thursday, November 21.

The modernization project is planned to improve ticket machines and restrooms. According to a news release by BART, the project will reconfigure and re-open bathrooms and move ticket machines near Westfield San Francisco Centre. 

Jim Allison, BART Spokesperson told The San Francisco News, “The design objectives for the modernized restrooms are safety, security and sustainability. We’ll be using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to minimize unwanted behavior. An example of this would be placing the faucets outside of the toilet area in a more visible setting.”

Alongside those renovations, the station will also install both an LED lighting on the platform and five-foot long barriers. BART is planning on improving passenger flow by relocating existing fare gates. 

Prop 1B, Prop K and a contribution by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are all funding the $11.3 million project. BART is expected to start the renovation project by early 2020.