SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, April 23, 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, April 24 through Monday, April 27. 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.

Across the Bay 12K

On Sunday:  The Across the Bay 12K & 5K run, a footrace benefiting the Edgewood Children Center, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and travel from East Fort Baker in Marin County to Aquatic Park.  For more event details, please visit http://race415.com/.

Runners will leave East Fort Baker, run over the Golden Gate Bridge via the west walkway, exit walkway into Golden Gate Bridge Maintenance Yard using roadway to Lincoln Boulevard, then proceed east on Battery East Road bicycle route and pedestrian pathway to Long Avenue.  After looping around Fort Mason, runners will proceed along the Golden Gate Promenade, out the Marina Gate to Marina Boulevard, then through Fort Mason to Aquatic Park.

The following street closures will be required:

From 3:30 a.m. to Noon

  • Van Ness Avenue between the Muni Turn Around and the Muni Pier

From 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.*

  • Jefferson Street between Hyde Street to Westerly Terminus

From 7 to 11 a.m.**

  • Westbound Marina Boulevard between Marina Gate at Lyon Street and Laguna Street


* Local access to Dolphin and South End Rowing Club will be allowed for club members only

** There will be a lane shift on Marina Boulevard to accommodate both eastbound and westbound traffic

The 28 19th Avenue Muni route will be affected.

Glen Park Festival

On Sunday:  The 17th annual Glen Park Festival will be held on Diamond Street from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more event details, please visit www.glenparkfestival.com.

The following street closures will be required from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.:

  • Diamond Street between Bosworth and Chenery streets
  • Wilder Street between Diamond and Carrie streets
  • Kern Street between Brompton Avenue and Diamond Street
  • Intersections:  Kern and Wilder streets on Diamond Street

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 36 Teresita
  • 52 Excelsior

How Weird Street Faire

On Sunday:  The annual How Weird Street Faire will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Howard Street.  Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in the area.  Event participants are encouraged to take public transportation to the event.

The following street closures will be required from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.:

  • Howard Street between 1st and New Montgomery streets
  • 2nd Street between Mission and Folsom streets
  • Tehama, Natoma and Minna streets between 1st and New Montgomery streets

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom Pacific

California Mille Annual Event

On Sunday:  The annual California Mille auto display will be held. The event will take place on Mason Street between Sacramento and California streets from noon until 4 p.m.

Mason Street between California and Sacramento streets will be closed between 6 a.m., Sunday and 9 a.m., Monday.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

CPMC Hospital Tunnel Construction Project

From 12 a.m., Friday and through midnight, Sunday:  The second 72-hour closure of Van Ness Avenue for the construction work of the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) will take place.

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

The next street closure for this project is expected for the weekend of September 5.

UPDATE:  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 will be effective:

  • Beginning Monday:  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.
  • Beginning Saturday:  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.

From Friday and through next Tuesday, April 28, SFMTA ambassadors will be on site to direct customers.

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

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.

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

Ongoing Work:

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.