SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory (Revised)
Friday, April 17, 2015

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Note:  Second Revision with revised details of Event at Golden Gate Park on Monday, April 20, 2015

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Friday, April 17 through next Thursday, April 23. 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.

Baseball Game Traffic Reroutes

From Friday through next Thursday, the San Francisco Giants will play six home games at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times for these games:

Three games against Arizona Diamondbacks:

  • 7:15 p.m., Friday
  • 6:05 p.m., Saturday
  • 1:05 p.m., Sunday

Three games against Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • 7:15 p.m., Tuesday
  • 7:15 p.m., Wednesday
  • 12:45 p.m., Thursday

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 transferring from BART may purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station 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.

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

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.

Earth Day Celebration

On Saturday:  The 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration will take place in the Mission District on 22nd Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more event details, please visit www.earthdaysf.org.

The following street closures will be required from 2 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

  • 22nd Street between Mission and Valencia streets
  • Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd streets

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected, and attendees should expect high passenger volume on public transit.  Motorists should allow extra travel time or use alternate routes.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday and Sunday:  The 48th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day with the Grand Parade being held on Sunday.  For more event details, please visit www.sfcherryblossom.org.

The following street closures will be required for the festival:

From 4 a.m., Saturday to 11 p.m., Sunday:

  • Post Street between Steiner and Laguna streets
  • Webster Street between Geary Boulevard and Sutter Street
  • Buchanan Street between Sutter and Bush streets
  • Intersection:  Post Street at Webster Street

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday:

  • Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place between Grove and McAllister streets

From noon to 6 p.m., Sunday:

  • Post Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets
  • Avery Street between Geary Boulevard and Post Street
  • Intersection:  Avery Street at Post Street

The parade units will gather at Civic Center at 11 a.m. on Sunday for the Cherry Blossom Grand Parade. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and follow a route from Polk and McAllister streets, north on Polk Street and west on Post Street to disband between Fillmore and Steiner streets.

All intersections along the parade route will remain open except when the parade passes. Streets will re-open as soon as possible after the parade passes and the streets have been cleaned.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 5 Fulton
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 47 Van Ness
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission
  • 76X Marin Headlands

Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival

On Saturday:  The annual Cesar Chavez Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Participants will gather at 19th Street between Dolores and Guerrero streets at 10 a.m. The festival will be held after the parade on 24th Street between Treat and Bryant streets from noon to 5 p.m.  For more event details, please visit http://www.cesarchavezday.org/.

The parade will proceed from Dolores and 19th streets, east on 19th Street, south on Mission Street, east on 24th Street to Folsom Street.  The festival area will take place on 24th Street between Treat and Bryant streets.

Streets will re-open as the parade passes. The following closures will be required from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • 24th Street between Treat and Bryant streets
  • Harrison between 23rd and 25th streets
  • Intersections:  24th Street at Harrison, Alabama, Florida streets

Local residential access will be allowed on Florida and Alabama streets.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

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

Event at Golden Gate Park

On Monday:  A large group of participants is expected to gather at Sharon Meadows inside Golden Gate Park.

Beginning at 2:30 p.m., with an exception of Muni buses, westbound traffic on Fell Street will be diverted north to Stanyan Street

There will be no planned streets closures, however, personnel from SFPD may decide street closures as crowds grow for public safety.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected around the event area.

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 Sunset Tunnel construction will not take place this weekend.  The N Judah rail service will operate on regular weekend schedule.

The next weekend construction is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of May 1.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line:  Crews are 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:  Central Subway Construction

Southbound bus stop located on Stockton and Washington streets has been relocated to northwest corner of Stockton and Jackson streets.  The following Muni routes are affected:

  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union/Stockton
  • 8X Bayshore Express
  • 8AX Bayshore A Express
  • 8BX Bayshore B Express
  • 91 Owl

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 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.

Upcoming Construction Projects or Events

CPMC Hospital Tunnel Construction Project

The second 72-hour closure of Van Ness Avenue for the construction work of the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is tentatively scheduled for next Friday, April 24, 2015.

Contractor for the new medical center will construct an underground passage way from the east side to the west side of Van Ness Avenue.  This pedestrian tunnel will connect the future hospital with an adjacent medical office building.

The construction work will require a street closure of Van Ness Avenue between Geary and Post streets.

During the street closure, traffic will not be allowed with an exception of vehicles from Muni, Golden Gate Transit and emergency first responders. Local drivers will have access inside the central detour zone along Van Ness Avenue between Pine and Ellis streets.

Southbound traffic on Van Ness Avenue will be diverted beginning at Broadway Street and ending at Sutter Street.

Northbound traffic on Van Ness Avenue will be diverted beginning at Golden Gate Avenue and ending at O’Farrell Street.

Motorists travelling to the area are advised to allow extra travel time and to follow signs for traffic detour.

During street closure, the following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 47 Van Ness
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission
  • 90 Owl

Future street closures for this project is also expected for the weekend of September 5.