SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this holiday weekend, from Thursday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 26. 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.  Whether you are riding Muni, taking a taxi, walking or riding a bike, please remain vigilant to keep everyone safe. If you see suspicious activity, please report it.

For real-time updates during the week, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and special events, follow us on www.twitter.com/sfmta_muni or visit http://www.sfmta.com/signup to sign up for real-time text messages or email alerts.

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.

Memorial Holiday Muni Service and Parking Enforcement

On Monday, Memorial Day holiday:  Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule.  The 76X Marin Headlands Express Muni bus will be in service.

Parking meters and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced.

Parking meters on The Embarcadero and at Fisherman’s Wharf, are enforced seven days per week throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Parking meters in the remainder of the City are enforced Monday through Saturday throughout the year except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Hazards are always subject to ticketing and towing.

Baseball Game Travel Plans

On Thursday, May 21:  The San Francisco Giants will play a home game against Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.  The game will start at 12:45 p.m.

The SFMTA advises motorists of the increased congestion in downtown San Francisco related to these special events and advises commuters to use transit, taxis, bicycles or walk and to avoid using the Bay Bridge in the two hours before or after these games.

Baseball fans are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using Clipper Card receive a $0.50 discount off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry also provide a reciprocal single-ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. For more information on using Clipper on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

Customers may also purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station Muni Faregate East Entrance three hours prior to the start time of the game.

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King streets and Willie Mays Plaza. Transfers will be sold from 2 hours before the game until the game begins, and again from the beginning of the 7th inning until 30 minutes after the game ends.

As a reminder to fans, in order to reduce congestion on city streets after all events at AT&T Park, the SFMTA will close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets from the seventh inning until after the post-game traffic has died down.  Additionally, the northbound portion of the 4th Street (Peter R. Maloney) Bridge will be closed to all traffic except streetcars, buses, taxis and bicycles during the post-game period. Giants fans parked south of Mission Creek Channel who are heading north of the channel are encouraged to exit to the south along 3rd or 4th streets in order to avoid congestion on King and 3rd streets after AT&T Park events.

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/destinations/att-park.

For regional transit information for BART, Caltrain and the ferries as well as traffic, please go to www.511.org.

From Larkspur/Marin County, please go to http://www.goldengateferry.org

Ferry will depart promptly 30 minutes after the final out.

For directions going to AT&T Park by various means of transportation, please visit the Giants website at http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.

Carnaval Festival

On Saturday and Sunday:  The 37th annual Carnaval Festival will take place in the Mission District, on Harrison Street from 16th Street to 23rd Street. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

For more event details, please visit www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org.

The following closures will begin at 7 p.m., Friday and continue through 2 a.m., Monday:

  • Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets
  • 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd streets between Treat Avenue and Alabama Street
  • 19th Street between Alabama and Folsom streets
  • Mariposa Street between Treat and Alabama streets
  • Mistral Street between Harrison Street and Treat Avenue
  • Intersections:
    • Harrison Street at Mariposa, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and Mistral, streets
    • Treat Avenue at 17th, 18th, 19th and Mistral streets

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Carnaval Parade

On Sunday:  The Carnaval Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. The staging area for the parade will be on Bryant Street between 18th and Cesar Chavez streets. Assembly for the parade will begin at 5 a.m. and the parade will finish by 4 p.m.

The parade will proceed west on 24th Street from Harrison Street, north on Mission Street and east on 17th Street to the dispersal area along 17th Street, South Van Ness Avenue and 15th Street.

Cross traffic along Bryant Street where parade staging will be allowed until 9 a.m.

Streets will be opened to traffic after the parade passes.

No public parking will be available for this event. Event and parade participants are encouraged to take public transportation.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 12 Folsom/Pacific
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 27 Bryant
  • 33 Ashbury/18th
  • 48 Quintara-24th Street
  • 49 Van Ness/Mission
  • 67 Bernal Heights

TRAFFIC ALERT:  Closure of San Mateo Bridge

From Friday to Monday:  From 10 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Monday, San Mateo Bridge will be closed for repair work to be performed by Caltran crews.  Traffic on the Bay Bridge is expected to be heavily congested and will likely flow onto Bayshore Boulevard and Potrero Avenue.

Traffic around the area where the Carnaval Festival and Parade will take place is expected to be congested as well.

The following Muni routes will be impacted due to the closure and event:

  • 8 Bayshore
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 23 Monterey
  • 24 Divisadero
  • 25 Treasure Island
  • 33 Ashbury-18th

TRAFFIC ALERT:  Street Closure for Removal of Overhead Pedestrian Bridge

From Friday to Tuesday:  Van Ness Hayes Associates LLC, owner of two former AAA properties (150 Van Ness and 155 Hayes Street), will perform demolition work to remove the overhead pedestrian bridge that connects these two buildings.

This construction project will require a closure of Hayes Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue beginning at 9 p.m., Friday until 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 26.

During the street closure, traffic will be diverted to Larkin and Polk streets.

Muni route 21 Hayes will be affected.

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

Project Update:

The Sunset Tunnel construction will not take place this weekend, May 23.

The N Judah rail service will operate on regular weekend schedule.

The next weekend construction is tentatively scheduled for the weekend, May 29.

Project Description:

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 Street and 28th Avenue.

These 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.

In order to maximize construction opportunities, the SFMTA has integrated multiple construction components under the Sunset Tunnel project in order to minimize the inconveniences for both N Judah riders and the community around the construction area:

  1. The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades are taking place at nine intersections sequentially along the N Judah Line. The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwelling time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.
  2. The construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue which includes longer boarding islands and in compliant of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramps will make Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.  Construction of the new platforms was successfully completed in late March. The eastbound and westbound stops are now being served by N Judah trains.

Ongoing Work:

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line:  Crews will continue working on cable installation at various locations on Judah and Irving streets. The work takes place on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

During construction:  1)  streets will remain open; 2)  there will be lane closures and traffic will be diverted; and 3)  street parking at construction site WILL NOT be available.

REMINDER: Folsom Street Off-Ramp Realignment Project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) will continue 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 complete in July of 2015.

During construction, the 25 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.

REMINDER: 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.

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 Haight/Parnassus
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 14 Owl
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
  • L Owl
  • K Morning Shuttle
  • M Morning Shuttle

For project updates, please visit sfwater.org/NorthShoreSewer.

REMINDER:  Balboa Park Station Muni Light Rail Platform Construction Project

Project Update:

To improve customer safety and enhance transit reliability, the SFMTA has completed construction of the new boarding platform and an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible ramp on San Jose Avenue at the Balboa Park BART Station for the J Church and K Ingleside light rail lines.

The following changes for customer boarding are in effect:

  • The Inbound J Church and K Ingleside light rail boarding area inside Muni Green Yard at the Balboa Park Station will be discontinued.  Customers will board at the newly elevated ADA compliant platform on San Jose Avenue.
  • The K Ingleside line stop at the corner of Ocean Avenue at San Jose Avenue will be discontinued.  Customers will board at the Balboa Park Station.

REMINDER:  Sunday Parking Meter Enforcement

As a reminder, most on-street meters and off-street parking meters no longer require payment on Sundays, with the exception of the following areas where parking meters are enforced seven days per week throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

  • Parking meters in the Fisherman’s Wharf area
  • Along The Embarcadero Roadway
  • In the Special Event Area around AT&T Park*
  • Five metered off-street parking facilities listed below:
    • 8th Avenue at Clement Street
    • 9th Avenue at Clement Street
    • Geary Boulevard at 21st Avenue
    • 18th Avenue at Geary Boulevard
    • Pierce Street Garage (between Lombard and Chestnut streets)

Parking meters in the remainder of the City are enforced Monday through Saturday throughout the year except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

REMINDER:  Parking Meter Rate Adjustment

As a reminder, another rate adjustment for on-street parking meters in the following SFpark area already took effect:

  • Civic Center
  • Hayes Valley
  • Downtown
  • Fillmore
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • The Marina
  • Mission Bay
  • SoMa

The meter rate adjustment will:

  • decrease by $0.25 during 30% of metered hours
  • stay the same 60% of metered hours
  • increase by $0.25 during 10% of metered hours

For more detail of rate adjustment, please visit:

http://sfpark.org/2015/05/06/sfpark-announces-15th-meter-rate-adjustment/.

A map showing the SFpark meter areas can be retrieved from:  http://sfpark.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/map_large_3200-560x496.jpg

Upcoming Construction

Doyle Drive Closure

Crews will work around the clock to finalize the project of the new Presidio Parkway and Doyle Drive. Doyle Drive will be shut down beginning 10 p.m., Thursday, May 28 until 5 a.m., Monday, June 1.

The new road includes re-opening ramps connecting Highway 1 and 101, restoring connections between the Richmond District and the Marina.

Muni route 28 19th Avenue will be impacted.  76X Marin Headlands Express and 91 Owl will be affected during the hours of closure.

Heavy traffic is anticipated along transit corridors of 19th Avenue, Geary Boulevard and California Street.

TRAFFIC ALERT:  Closure of Northbound I-280 San Jose Avenue Off-Ramp

On Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each day, the northbound I-280 San Jose Avenue off-ramp will be closed for roadway restriping work.  The off-ramp will be open at other times.

During the off-ramp closure:  1)  bicycle access will be allowed; and 2)  there may be slight traffic delay along Monterey Boulevard and San Jose Avenue.