SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, March 5, 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, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 2015. 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.

Start of Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday:  Daylight Saving Time will commence at 2 a.m., requiring clocks to be set forward one hour.

All Muni service will continue to operate on standard time through the end of Owl service*. Muni schedules will adjust to daylight saving time with the start of regular service on Sunday.

Note:  *In conjunction with regular bus service, the SFMTA also provides late night service (1 to 5 a.m.) on certain bus routes.  For more details of owl service and routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/routes-stops.

Chinatown Community Street Fair

On Saturday and Sunday:  The Chinatown Community Street Fair will be held.  The street fair will take place along Grant Avenue between Clay and Broadway streets from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  For more event details, please visit www.sanfranciscochinatown.com.

The following street closures will be required for the Street Fair from 11 p.m., Friday to 11 p.m., Sunday.

  • Grant Avenue between California Street and Broadway
  • Pacific Avenue between Columbus Avenue and Stockton Street
  • Jackson Street between Stockton and Kearny streets
  • Washington Street between Stockton and Kearny streets
  • Intersections:  Jackson Street, Washington Street and Pacific Street on Grant Avenue
  • All alleys in the area bounded by California Street, Stockton Street, Broadway and Kearny Street

There will be heavy traffic in the area.  Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom/Pacific

Little League Parade

On Saturday:  San Francisco Little League Baseball will open the 2015 season with a parade from the Presidio to Marina Middle School.  For event details, please visit http://www.sfll.org.

Beginning at 10 a.m. the parade will leave the Presidio Main Post through the Gorgas Gate, turn south on Lyon Street and proceed east on Union Street to Laguna Street, north to Chestnut Street, west to Divisadero, through the neighborhood and back to Bay Street to disband in the school parking lot.

San Francisco Police Officers will monitor the parade for necessary street closures.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 22 Fillmore
  • 28 19th Avenue
  • 30 Stockton
  • 43 Masonic
  • 45 Union

Chinese New Year Parade

On Saturday:  The Chinese New Year Parade will start from 2nd and Market streets at 5:15 p.m.  The parade will travel west on Market Street, north on Kearny Street, west on Post Street, north on Powell Street, east on Sutter Street, north on Kearny Street to Columbus Avenue.  The parade will disperse on Columbus Avenue between Pacific and Washington streets.

Staging of the floats will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lane of Main Street between Market and Harrison streets.  The following street closures will be required:

From 3 p.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m.:

  • 2nd Street between Market and Mission streets

From 4 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m.:

  • Market Street between Beale and 3rd streets
  • Main Street between Harrison and Market streets

Starting at 4 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m., Post Street between Mason and Market streets will be closed for camera positioning for TV stations.

Cross traffic will be allowed within the staging area until 4:45 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m., the following closures will be required:

  • Geary Street between Montgomery and Mason streets
  • Post Street between Mason and Kearny streets
  • Powell Street between Geary and Bush streets
  • Sutter Street between Mason and Montgomery streets
  • Kearny Street between Geary Street and Columbus Avenue/Pacific Street
  • The Stockton Street Tunnel

Traffic along Market Street between 4th and 2nd streets will be diverted beginning at 4 p.m.:

  • Westbound to Howard Street
  • Eastbound to Folsom Street

Mission Street between 1st and 4th streets will be designated for transit only until Market Street re-opens.

After the parade clears an area and the streets have been cleaned, they will be opened to traffic.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • California Cable Car
  • Powell-Mason Cable Car
  • Powell-Hyde Cable Car
  • F Market
  • 1 California
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 8X Bayshore
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 14/14L Mission
  • 21 Hayes
  • 30 Stockton
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38/38L Geary
  • 45 Union/Stockton
  • 71 Haight/Noriega
  • 76X-Marin Headlands Express

Sunday Streets - Embarcadero

On Sunday:  The Sunday Streets season-opening event will be held along northbound of The Embarcadero from King Street to Fisherman’s Wharf. The 3-mile route will open the roadway to people walking, bicycling and other recreational activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday Streets is free and open to the public.

The information booths for the event will be located at Pier 27 and the Brannan Street Wharf.  The information booth is where participants can get details about activities along the event route as well as bike repair services and activities.  For further event details, please visit http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/embarcadero-3815/.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., northbound of The Embarcadero will be closed for the event and will be re-opened by 4:30 p.m.

Southbound of The Embarcadero will remain open throughout the event.  Motorists should expect heavy traffic around the event area and should allow extra travel time.

Motorists heading to the Fisherman’s Wharf area can use an alternate route by travelling north on 3rd Street, to Kearny Street, then Columbus Avenue and into the Wharf area.  Enforcement personnel from the SFMTA will be on site to direct traffic. Local access will be allowed to the piers via southbound Embarcadero or cross streets.

Taxi and tour bus pick up and drop off for the Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 area will be on Grant Avenue, between The Embarcadero and North Point Street.

As a reminder, parking meters in the Fisherman’s Wharf area and along The Embarcadero Roadway are enforced seven days per week throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market and Fisherman’s Wharf
  • T Third
  • 39 Coit
  • 76 Marin Headlands
  • 108 Treasure Island

Participants can take the following Muni routes and lines for easy access to Sunday Streets fun:

  • F Market
  • Metro Lines (J, K, L, M, N, T)
  • 10 Townsend
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union-Stockton

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 N Judah rail service will operate on regular weekend schedule.

The Sunset Tunnel weekend construction is tentatively scheduled to resume on the weekend of Friday, March 20.  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 a.m. on Friday, March 20 until end of service on Sunday, March 22.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line:  Crews are working on the sidewalk of Irving Street at 6th 7th and 9th avenues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue has begun.  Crews will continue to reconstruct the outbound stop at 28th Avenue. This stop will be out of service until the end of March. Customers travelling to Ocean Beach can board N Judah trains at the outbound temporary stop at 27th Avenue. Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The street will remain open, however, westbound traffic lanes may be closed if needed.

UPDATE:  Central Subway Construction

4th Street between Harrison and Bryant streets will remain closed to vehicular traffic while the construction of the portal is underway. The street closure will end on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

REMINDER: 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 April 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.

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.

* Parking meters in the Special Event Area operate on Sundays only when there is an event.