SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, October 23, 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 Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 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.

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Athletic Association Event

From Friday through 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 California Avenue and 3rd Streets will be required from 9 a.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.

World Series Games at AT&T Park

From Friday through Sunday: The San Francisco Giants will host Games 3, 4 and 5 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park.  These games will begin at 5:07 p.m., with pre-game activities beginning at 2:30 p.m., each day.

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 and after these games. Fans from the East Bay are encouraged to take public transit to San Francisco.

The following Muni service is available to and from all home games:

  • T Third
  • N Judah
  • Metro Baseball Shuttles
  • 10 Townsend
  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union
  • 47 Van Ness

The SFMTA will schedule additional Metro “baseball shuttles” to supplement the existing N Judah and T Third service to the ballpark.

The additional service will begin three hours prior to the game and continue until approximately 20 minutes after the start of the game.

SFMTA Service Ambassadors will be in the Embarcadero, Powell, Montgomery and Civic Center Muni Metro stations from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., each day to assist Muni customers.

Muni Fare

Baseball fans transferring from BART may purchase pre-paid fares (round trip) at the Embarcadero Station. Sales at these locations will begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. One-way (single trip) transfers can be purchased at the 2nd and King streets AT&T Park ticket windows beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing until one hour after the game.

Traffic

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.

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.

Muni service will not be impacted by any of the street closures.

Taxis

During the World Series, three taxi stands will be available near AT&T Park for home games:

  • 2nd Street (west side) between Townsend and King streets
  • 2nd Street (west side) between Brannan and Townsend streets (post-game only)
  • 3rd Street (west side) between King and Townsend streets

Bicycles

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition operates a secure bike parking facility at AT&T Park. Bicycle parking is located on the south side of the ballpark, along the Port Walk, and opens two hours before every game and closes 30 minutes after each game.

SFMTA Parking Control Officers (PCOs) will contribute to the ease of getting to and from the game. Prior to each game, these PCOs will be deployed to key locations around the ballpark to facilitate pedestrians, transit vehicles and other traffic.

A map showing the post-game routes from AT&T Park parking lots is available at sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. (Click on “View Map” at bottom of page.)

Other Transit Information

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit www.sfmta.com.

For regional transit information:

Fans can also take a ferry to AT&T Park:

Fiesta on the Hill

On Sunday, the 26th annual Fiesta on the Hill Bernal Heights’ Street Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For event details, please visit http://www.bhnc.org/fiesta-on-the-hill/.

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

  • Cortland Avenue from Folsom Street to Bocana Street
  • Andover Street from Cortland Avenue to Ellert Street
  • Moultrie Street from Cortland Avenue to Jarboe Avenue
  • Intersections of Cortland Avenue at the following: Gates Street, Ellsworth Street, Anderson Street, Bennington Street, Wool Street, Andover Street and Moultri Street

The 24 Divisadero 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.

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:

Paint work is suspended during the World Series and will resume after the World Series is concluded.

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 Events

Halloween

On Friday, October 31, 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.

U.S. Fall Half Marathon

On Sunday, November 2, 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.

Details of street closures and Muni service impact will follow.

Daylight Saving Time

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

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.