SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, December 18, 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, December 18 through Sunday, December 21. 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.

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 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.

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 has begun. Crews are working to reconstruct the inbound stop from Mondays to Fridays. The stop is currently not in service. Muni customers can board N Judah rail vehicle at the temporary stop at 27th Avenue. This work requires traffic lane closures.

The new platform will include 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:

This tunnel construction project has been temporarily suspended for the rest of this year and will resume in early 2015 after the holidays.  The next schedule for tunnel construction work is tentatively set for the weekends of January 9, January 23 and January 30, 2015.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line:  The work on Irving Street between 3rd and 9th avenues is suspended for the holiday moratorium.  Crews are currently working on Judah Street between 16th and 19th avenues.

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: 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
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
  • L Owl
  • K Morning Shuttle
  • M Morning Shuttle

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

Project Update:

Crews from the Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Public Works are currently conducting emergency sewer repair work on Fremont Street between Mission and Howard streets.

On Thursday night:  Crews will start working from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday.

On Weekend:  Work will begin at 7 p.m., Friday until 7 p.m., Saturday.  Crews will continue to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday.

REMINDER:  Holiday Carpool Discount Program at City Parking Garages

In order to reduce congestion and to make it easy for visitors to access the Union Square and Yerba Buena areas during the busy holiday shopping season, visitors and shoppers are encouraged to carpool to the downtown area.

The SFMTA will provide one hour of free parking to vehicles with three people and two hours of free parking to vehicles with four or more people at two City parking garages: 1)  Sutter-Stockton Garage at 444 Stockton Street; and 2)  Fifth and Mission Garage at 833 Mission Street.

This holiday carpool program takes effect between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays in December.  This special program will continue for the following two dates:

  • Saturday, December 20
  • Saturday, December 27

Regular rates will apply to vehicles which enter these garages prior to 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. during these dates.

REMINDER:  Central Subway Construction During Holiday Season

Central Subway construction work on Stockton Street in Union Square has been paused for the holiday season.  Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary streets will remain closed to vehicles.  These two blocks of Stockton Street have been temporarily converted into an inviting open plaza near Union Square called Winter Walk.  Construction work will recommence on Friday, January 2, 2015.

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

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.