SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, February 26, 2015

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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 Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1, 2015. 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.

Critical Mass

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

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

Chinatown New Year Run

On Sunday:  The Chinatown New Year Run will begin at 8 a.m. and be followed by a festival in Portsmouth Square.

The race route will begin on Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street, travel along Grant Avenue, west on Pacific Avenue, north on Stockton Street, east on North Point Street and south-east onto The Embarcadero. The race route will continue along The Embarcadero, west on Washington Street, south on Battery Street, west on Pine Street and north on Kearny Street to Clay Street.

The following street closures will be required from 7 to 9:30 a.m.:

  • Grant Avenue between Pine Street and Pacific Avenue
  • Pacific Avenue between Grant Avenue and Stockton Street
  • Stockton Street (northbound traffic lane only) between Pacific Avenue and North Point Street
  • North Point Street (eastbound traffic lane only) between Stockton Street and southbound Embarcadero
  • Southbound Embarcadero (bike lane and one traffic lane only) between North Point and Washington streets
  • Washington Street (one westbound traffic lane only) between southbound Embarcadero and Battery Street
  • Battery Street (most westerly traffic lane only) between Washington and Pine streets
  • Pine Street (most northerly traffic lane only) between Battery Street and Grant Avenue
  • Kearny Street (most easterly parking lane and traffic lane only) between Pine and Clay streets

The following street closures will be required from 6 to 11 a.m.:

  • Walter U. Lum Place between Washington and Clay streets

The following Muni line and route will be affected:

  • California Cable Car
  • 1 California
  • 8X Bayshore Express
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 30 Stockton
  • 39 Coit
  • 45 Union-Stockton

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

UPDATE:  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 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. 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, making Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.

Project Update:

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

The Sunset Tunnel weekend construction is on hold, pending a Board of Appeals hearing on the neighborhood noise complaints. The SFMTA outreach staff continues to meet with neighbors to keep lines of communication open. We will notify the public before the work resumes.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line:  Crews are working on the sidewalk of Irving Street between 7th and 9th avenues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue has begun.  Crews will continue to reconstruct the outbound stop at 28th Avenue. This stop will be out of service until the end of March. Customers travelling to Ocean Beach can board N Judah trains at the outbound temporary stop at 27th Avenue. Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The street will remain open, however, westbound traffic lanes may be closed if needed.

UPDATE:  Central Subway Construction

4th Street between Harrison and Bryant streets will remain closed to vehicular traffic while the construction of the portal is underway. This closure will be in effect until March 9, 2015.

REMINDER: 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 April 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.

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 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.

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.

* Parking meters in the Special Event Area operate on Sundays only when there is an event.