SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Friday, September 12, 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, Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14. 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.

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/node/102171 to sign up for real-time text messages or email alerts.

Baseball Game Traffic Reroutes and Transportation Options

From Friday through Sunday: The San Francisco Giants will play three home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park:

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

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.

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.

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.)

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 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:

For directions going to AT&T Park by various means of transportation, please visit the Giants website at http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.

Parking meters in the Special Event Zone near AT&T Park are enforced on Sundays when there are events at AT&T Park.

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

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

On Saturday and Sunday:  The 19th annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival will be held in Ghirardelli Square, from noon to 5 p.m. each day.  For more details, please visit www.ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival.

The following street closures will be required from 1 a.m., Saturday to midnight, Sunday:

  • Beach Street between Larkin Street and Westerly Terminus
  • Polk Street between North Point and Beach streets

The 19 Polk Muni route will be affected.

Inner Sunset Sundays

On Sunday:  The Inner Sunset Sundays will take place on Irving Street from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Irving Street between 9th and 10th avenues will be closed from 1 a.m. to midnight.

Heavy ridership is expected on Muni bus lines and routes around the event area.

Hayes Valley Urban Air Market

On Sunday:  The Hayes Valley Urban Market will be held between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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

  • Octavia Street between Fell and Grove streets
  • Linden Lane between Octavia and Gough streets

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Sunday Streets:  Western Addition

On Sunday:  The eighth Sunday Streets event will be held in the Western Addition. The 1.5 mile route will travel through the Western Addition, North Panhandle, Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods.  The route will be available for recreational activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For further event details, please visit www.sundaystreetssf.com/western-addition-91414.

The following street closures will be required from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Fillmore Street between Fulton Street and Geary Boulevard
  • Fulton Street between Fillmore and Lyon streets
  • Baker Street between McAllister and Grove streets
  • Grove Street between Baker Street and Central Avenue
  • Central Avenue between Grove and Hayes streets
  • O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets
  • Intersections:  Grove Street at Central Avenue, Lyon and Baker streets; Fulton Street at Baker, Broderick, Scott, Pierce and Fillmore streets; Fillmore Street at Ellis and O’Farrell streets

Cross Traffic will be allowed on Eddy and McAllister streets at Fillmore Street as well as on Divisadero Street at Fulton Street

Traffic will be controlled by parking control officers and San Francisco police officers.

Beginning at 7 a.m., parking or stopping WILL NOT be allowed in the event area.  Cars will be towed even for a quick drop off.  From 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., no vehicles will be allowed in the event area.

As an alternative to on-street parking, two nearby parking garages will offer a $7 flat rate for vehicles that enter before 12 p.m.  The flat rate will be valid until 6 p.m.  Hourly rates will apply after 6 p.m.

  • Japan Center Main Garage, 1610 Geary Boulevard (Opening Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.)
  • Fillmore Street Annex Garage, 1650 Fillmore Street (Opening Hours:  6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.)

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 5 Fulton
  • 21 Hayes
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 24 Divisadero
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary

Central Subway Construction

Construction of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. 4th Street between Howard and Folsom streets will be reduced down to one lane for eight weeks starting this Saturday and through mid-November. Heavy foot, auto and transit traffic will be expected. Motorists should expect traffic delays and to use alternative routes.

Balboa Park Station Muni Light Rail Platform Construction Project

To improve customer safety and enhance transit reliability, the SFMTA will build 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 will be 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 and K Ingleside lines will be using the M Ocean View island stop located at San Jose and Geneva avenues

The J-Church and K-Ingleside light rail service will continue during most operation hours.

The project will begin on Monday and is anticipated to complete in 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 F Market and Wharves Line will operate through the installation area.

Project Update:

Paint work will be conducted from 11 p.m., Friday to 5 a.m., Saturday and from 11 p.m., Saturday to 5 a.m., Sunday between 8th and 10th streets in the westbound direction.

UPDATE:  Market and Haight Streets Transit and Pedestrian Improvement Project

The Market and Haight Streets Transit and Pedestrian Improvement Project, a collaboration with several city agencies, will reduce transit travel time, enhance pedestrian safety and create a more seamless pedestrian route to and from Haight Street.

This ongoing project includes:

  • Construction of an eastbound transit-only lane between Laguna and Market streets to allow Muni buses to travel in both directions, thus reducing transit travel time
  • Widening of sidewalks and construction of bulb outs to enhance pedestrian safety
  • A more seamless pedestrian route to and from Haight Street by upgrading the traffic signals

Other ongoing construction activities under this project:

  • Water main connections on Haight between Gough and Laguna streets
  • Construction of traffic island at the Market/Haigh/Gough intersection
  • Side sewer replacements on Haight Street
  • Sidewalk improvements and electrical work at southwest of the Market/Haight/Gough intersection

Project Update:

Construction on this project is anticipated to complete in October of this year.

As of Wednesday, September 10, construction of the bus pad is completed on the north of Haight and Gough streets. The westbound 71 Haight/Noriega and 6 Parnassus buses will resume serving this stop. Crews are in the process of constructing another bus pad on the south side of Haight Street for the future eastbound bus service.

At the same time, crews also began on the construction of a new bulbout to widen the sidewalk at northeast of the Market/Gough/Haight intersection.

On Saturday, base repair work in the vicinity will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Slow traffic is expected in the area since there will be lane closures.

UPDATE: Sewer Restoration Work

Crews from 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

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday, September 20:  The three-mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place in Mission Creek Park.  For event details, please visit http://act.alz.org/site.

More details on street closures and Muni impact to be advised.

Folsom Street Fair

On Sunday, September 21:  The Folsom Street Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More details on street closures and Muni impact to be advised.

Upcoming Construction Project

Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

The Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project which includes track and infrastructure replacements inside the Sunset Tunnel, located between Cole Valley and Duboce Triangle, Transit Signal Priority (TSP) upgrades for nine intersections along the N Judah Line and construction of two accessible platforms at Judah and 28th Avenue will be implemented soon.  This multiple system upgrades to the N Judah Metro Line will make transit safer and more reliable.

The Sunset Tunnel work is tentatively scheduled to take place on 15 weekends. Crews will be working continuously from Friday night until Monday morning.

During the weekends when the tunnel will be under construction, N Judah rail service will be substituted with bus shuttles between stations of Church and Duboce and Ocean Beach. Bus substitution will start at approximately 7 p.m., Friday and will operate during all regular service hours until Monday morning. The weekend N Judah Owl bus service will not be affected. The bus shuttles will serve regular N Judah Line stops except for the tunnel portion where buses will operate on Haight Street.

Regular N rail service will continue to provide service between Caltrain Depot and Church and Duboce Station. The N Judah stops at Church & Duboce will provide a transfer point between bus shuttles and trains for Muni customers.