SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, May 28, 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 Thursday, May 28 through next Wednesday, June 3. 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 Travel Plans

From Thursday to next Wednesday, June 3:  The San Francisco Giants will play seven home games at AT&T Park.  Below are schedules of these games:

Four games against the Atlanta Braves at the following schedules:

  • 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 28
  • 7:15 p.m. on Friday, May 29
  • 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 30
  • 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, May 31

Three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the following schedules:

  • 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 1
  • 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2
  • 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3

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 are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using Clipper Card receive a $0.50 discount off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry also provide a reciprocal single-ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. For more information on using Clipper on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

Customers may also purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station Muni Faregate East Entrance 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.

This Sunday, parking meters in the Special Event Zone near AT&T Park will be enforced.

Athletic Association Event

From Friday to Monday:  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 and 3rd streets will be required from 4 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m., Monday, June 1.

The 25 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.

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.

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

Project Update:

The Sunset Tunnel construction will take place this weekend, May 29.

During construction, bus shuttles will provide substitution service for the N Judah Line between Church/Duboce streets and Ocean Beach. Regular rail service will operate between Caltrain Depot at 4th/King streets and Church and Duboce streets.  Bus shuttles will run from approximately 7 p.m. on Friday until end of service on Sunday.

The next weekend construction is scheduled for next weekend, June 5.

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.  Red paint Transit-only lanes: As part of Muni Forward initiative, the SFMTA will be installing “red carpet” on the N Judah track lane on Judah between 19th and 20th avenues taking advantage of the weekend shutdown. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, each day. During work hours, the street will remain open. Street parking will be unavailable next to the job site.

     Red transit-only lanes are more visible to motorists to ensure the lanes are kept clear for Muni vehicles and taxis. This project is designed to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the N Judah.

2.  The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades are taking place at nine intersections sequentially along the N Judah Line. During the weekend of May 29, crews will be installing signal loops between the tracks at the intersection of Judah Street and 9th Avenue. Work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, each day.  During construction:  1)  streets will remain open; 2)  there will be lane closures; 3)  traffic will be diverted; and 4)  street parking at construction site will be temporarily unavailable.

    The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwelling time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.

3.  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 will make Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.  Construction of the new platforms was successfully completed in late March. The eastbound and westbound stops are now being served by N Judah trains.

Ongoing Work:

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line:  Crews will continue 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.

TRAFFIC ALERT:  Closure of Northbound I-280 San Jose Avenue Off-Ramp

Next Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3:  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., each day, the northbound I-280 San Jose Avenue off-ramp will be closed for roadway restriping work.  The off-ramp will be open at other times.

During the off-ramp closure:  1) bicycle access will be allowed; and 2) there may be slight traffic delay along Monterey Boulevard and San Jose Avenue.

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 25 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 Haight/Parnassus
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 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 Event

Sikh Parade and Festival

On Sunday, June 7:  The Sikh Parade will take place along Market Street and the festival will be held in the Civic Center Plaza.

More details to be followed.

Union Street Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and June 7:  The 39th annual Union Street Festival will take place on Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. For more details, please visit Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC.

Details of street closure and transit impact will be followed.

Upcoming Construction

Doyle Drive Closure

Update:  This project will not take place as scheduled and will be postponed.

Crews will work to finalize the project of the new Presidio Parkway and Doyle Drive. Doyle Drive will be shut down.

The new road includes re-opening ramps connecting Highway 1 and 101, restoring connections between the Richmond District and the Marina.

Muni route 28 19th Avenue will be impacted.  76X Marin Headlands Express and 91 Owl will be affected during the hours of closure.

Heavy traffic is anticipated along transit corridors of 19th Avenue, Geary Boulevard and California Street.