SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2. Anyone traveling in San Francisco can check www.sfmta.com or call 311 to find out which of the 76 Muni lines will get them where they want to go.  All road users are encouraged to be aware, share the roadway and to follow all rules to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Castro Streetscape Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday:  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Castro Streetscape Project in the Castro and 18th streets area. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m.

Streets in the area will be closed at 5 p.m.

The following Muni routes will be affected between 5 and 8:30 p.m.:

  • 24 Divisidero
  • 33 Stanyan

Muni Heritage Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday:  From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day, a celebration of the SFMTA Muni Heritage with vintage vehicle displays and rides for the public will take place at Justin Herman Plaza.

Market Street Railway docents will ride on the vintage vehicles and will be available at the Ferry Plaza and the San Francisco Railway Museum to answer questions and provide information to the riding public.

For more event details, please see separate release:  http://www.sfmta.com/news/press-releases/sfmta-announces-details-muni-heritage-weekend.

Athletic Association Event

From Friday to Sunday:  The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

A street closure of Avenue “H” between 11th and 13th streets will be required from 3 p.m., Friday to 6 p.m., Sunday.

The 108 Treasure Island Muni Route will be affected.

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

Critical Mass

On Friday:  Beginning at 6 p.m., the Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza.

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.


On Friday:  The SFMTA will provide regular Muni service for Halloween. Transit customers and motorists may experience delays and should allow extra travel time.

While no street closures have been planned in the Castro/Noe/Mission areas, San Francisco police officers will monitor pedestrian and automobile traffic for any necessary public safety street closures.

Bay Area Science Festival

On Saturday:  The Bay Area Science Festival will take place at AT&T Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This is a free event and an attendance of 20,000-30,000 participants is anticipated.  For more event details, please visit www.bayareascience.org.

Traffic in the event area is expected to be heavy. Motorist and transit riders should allow extra travel time.

U.S. Fall Half Marathon

On Sunday:  The annual U.S. Fall Half Marathon will commence from Aquatic Park.  The 13.1-mile course will take runners across the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Aquatic Park. The race will begin at 7 a.m.  For event details, please visit www.ushalf.com.

The following street closures will be required:

10 a.m., Saturday to 1 p.m., Sunday

  • Jefferson Street between Westerly Terminus and Hyde Street

6:30 – 8 a.m., Sunday

  • Southbound Van Ness Avenue from North Point to Bay streets
  • Westbound Bay Street from Van Ness Avenue to Laguna Street

6:30 – 10:30 a.m., Sunday

  • One westbound lane on Marina Boulevard from Buchanan Street to Marina Gate
  • Laguna Street between Bay and Beach streets
  • Westbound Beach Street between Laguna and Buchanan streets

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 28 19th Avenue
  • 30 Stockton
  • 47 Van Ness
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission

Festival of Altars and Day of the Dead Procession

On Sunday:  The annual celebration of Festival of Altars and Day of the Dead Procession will take place in the Mission District.  Staging of Day of the Dead procession will begin on Bryant Street and the Festival of Altars will take place in the Garfield Park from 6 to 11 p.m. For more event details, please visit www.dayofthedeadsf.org.

Beginning at 6 p.m., staging of the procession will start on southbound Bryant Street between 19th and 24th streets. The procession will begin at 7 p.m. and follow the route with south on Bryant Street, west on 24th Street, north on Mission Street, east on 22nd Street and back onto Bryant Street for dispersal.

Traffic will be detoured around the procession.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 12 Folsom
  • 14 Mission
  • 14L Mission Limited
  • 27 Bryant
  • 48 Quintara-24th Street
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission
  • 67 Bernal Heights

Traffic in the event area is expected to be heavy until approximately 9 p.m. Motorist and transit riders should allow extra travel time.

Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. Clocks should be set back one hour at this time.

UPDATE: Central Subway Construction

Construction of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station will continue.  4th Street between Howard and Folsom streets is reduced down to one lane for eight weeks from Saturday, September 13 through mid-November. Heavy foot, auto and transit traffic is expected. Motorists should expect traffic delays and to use alternative routes.

UPDATE: Folsom Street Off-Ramp Realignment Project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) continues re-construction of the Folsom Street off-ramp from westbound Interstate 80 to Fremont Street.  This off-ramp configuration will facilitate a better gateway that leads into a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.  Installation of a new traffic signal at the off-ramp intersection will allow for a newly constructed continuous sidewalk and bike lanes on the east side of Fremont Street.

This construction work is anticipated to be completed in March of 2015.

During the construction period, the 108 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected during all hours of service.

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

UPDATE: Balboa Park Station Muni Light Rail Platform Construction Project

To improve customer safety and enhance transit reliability, the SFMTA is building a new accessible boarding platform and ramp on San Jose Avenue at the Balboa Park BART Station for the J Church and K Ingleside light rail lines.

During construction, bus stops serving Balboa Park Station will be temporarily relocated:

  • Inbound boarding of J Church is located at northeast of San Jose and Geneva avenues in front of Crazy Pepper Restaurant; accessible boarding will be available at the high-level platform located on San Jose Avenue at Seneca Avenue
  • The last stop of outbound J Church line is relocated to the M Ocean View island stop located at San Jose and Geneva Avenues
  • Inbound boarding of K Ingleside relocated to San Jose Avenue inside the Balboa Park Station Muni Yard.

The J-Church and K-Ingleside light rail service will continue service during all operation hours.

The project is on-going and is anticipated to be completed by November of this year.

Construction work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Muni Forward: Rapid Network Improvements on Market Street

The installation of new, red transit-only lanes on Market Street will continue. The durable, new red transit-only lanes consist of a red thermoplastic bonded to the existing lanes and will run between 5th and 12th streets.  The red carpet treatment makes the dedicated transit-only lanes more visible to motorists to ensure the lanes are kept clear for Muni and taxis. The Market Street red carpet lane will be similar to the ones already installed on Church, 3rd, Geary and O’Farrell streets.

The installation of red lane treatment will be conducted over Friday and Saturday nights through November.

All traffic will be diverted to the curb lane during the installation work.  Cross traffic will be allowed at all intersections.

All eastbound Muni buses will operate on the curb lane in the construction area and use existing curb lane bus stops.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market and Wharves
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 71 Haight-Noriega
  • N-Owl
  • L-Owl

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

Project Update:

The remaining paint work is on hold and will resume on November 7.

UPDATE: Sewer Restoration Work

Crews from the Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Public Works will continue the installation work of a new sewer main pipeline on Spear Street between Market and Mission streets. This construction project is anticipated to last until spring of 2015.

Project Update:

Construction work will continue to take place at the intersection of Spear and Mission streets.  Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

During the construction hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.:

  • No street parking will be allowed
  • Sidewalk will remain open for pedestrian traffic
  • Local access will be allowed
  • With an exception of Muni buses, the intersection of Spear and Mission streets will be close to all other traffic

During the closure, there may be brief delays on the following Muni lines and routes:

  • 2 Clement
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 14 Mission
  • 14 Mission Limited
  • 14 Owl
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
  • L Owl
  • K Morning Shuttle
  • M Morning Shuttle

For project updates, please visit sfwater.org/NorthShoreSewer


Upcoming Construction Project

Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

The Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project includes track and infrastructure replacements inside the Sunset Tunnel, located between Cole Valley and Duboce Triangle, Transit Signal Priority upgrades for nine intersections along the N Judah Line and construction of two accessible platforms at Judah and 28th Avenue .  This multiple system upgrades to the N Judah Metro Line will make transit safer and more reliable.

Seismic upgrades to Sunset Tunnel are important part of the safety enhancement project.  It will involve structural retrofit of the tunnel portal retaining walls and their foundations.

Project Update:

While the Transit Signal Priority work is taking place along Irving Street between 3rd and 9th avenues, the SFMTA is gearing up for the track and infrastructure replacements inside Sunset Tunnel.  The first weekend construction is scheduled to begin on Friday night, November 7 and continue through Monday morning, November 10.

During the weekend when the tunnel is under construction, N Judah rail service will be substituted with bus shuttles between Church and Duboce streets and Ocean Beach.  Bus substitution will start at approximately 7 p.m., Friday and will operate during all regular service hours until 5 a.m., Monday.  The bus shuttles will follow the N Judah Line making regular stops except for the tunnel portion where buses will operate on Haight Street.  There will be no impact on the weekend N Judah Owl bus service.

Regular N Judah rail service will continue to provide service between Caltrain Depot and Church/Duboce.  The N Judah stops at Church/Duboce will provide a transfer point between bus shuttles and trains for Muni customers.