SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Updated with Correct Hyperlink for Turkey Day 5K Run.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. 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.

Muni Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday

On Thursday:  For the Thanksgiving Holiday, Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule.

On Friday:  Muni will operate on a regular weekday schedule to provide service for those visiting and shopping in the city.  For Black Friday, there will be no express bus service.

There will be no Muni express service on the following routes:

  • 1AX California A Express
  • 1 BX California B” Express
  • 14X Mission Express
  • 16X Noriega Express
  • 30X Marina Express
  • 31AX Balboa A Express
  • 31BX Balboa B Express
  • 38AX Geary A Express
  • 38BX Geary B Express
  • 41 Union (AM and PM)
  • 81X Caltrain Express
  • 82X Caltrain Express
  • 83X Caltrain Express
  • 88 BART Shuttle
  • NX N Judah Express

Parking Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday

On Thursday:  For the Thanksgiving Holiday, parking meters and seven day street sweeping will not be enforced citywide, including The Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf areas.

On Friday:  Parking meters and 7-day street sweeping will be enforced.

Commuter tow away, residential parking permits and Monday-Friday street sweeping will not be enforced on both Thursday and Friday.

Parking meters on The Embarcadero and at Fisherman’s Wharf, are enforced seven days per week throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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.

Hazards are always subject to ticketing and towing.

Central Subway Construction During Holiday Season

Central Subway construction will pause on Stockton Street in Union Square and will be open to pedestrians, but remain closed to vehicles. Work will recommence on January 2, 2015.

San Francisco Rescue Mission Event

On Thursday:  A holiday event hosted by San Francisco Rescue Mission will take place on Jones Street.

Jones Street between Eddy and Turk streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

There will be no impact on Muni bus service.

Turkey Day 5K Run

On Thursday:  The 5K Turkey Day Run will start at 8 a.m. at AT&T Park, lead out along the waterfront, heading south of Market District and finish at City Hall.  For more event details, please visit http://runthanksgivingday.com/.

The following street closures will be required from 6 to 9 a.m.

  • Terry A. Francois Boulevard at 3rd Street and China Basin Park
  • 3rd Street between Terry A. Francois Boulevard and King Street (west side parking lane and southbound traffic lanes only)
  • The Embarcadero (west side parking lane and southbound traffic lanes only) between 2nd and Howard streets
  • Howard Street between The Embarcadero and 7th Street
  • 7th Street between Howard and Market streets
  • McAllister Street between Market and Hyde streets
  • Hyde Street between McAllister and Fulton streets
  • Fulton Streets between Larkin and Hyde streets
  • Larkin Street between McAllister and Grove streets

Intersections are to be closed by Intermittent Traffic Control.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market and Wharves
  • N Judah
  • K/T Ingleside/Third Street
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 8X Bayshore A Express
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom
  • 14 Mission
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • 27 Bryant
  • 30 Stockton
  • 38 Geary
  • 45 Union-Stockton
  • 71 Haight-Noriega
  • 108 Treasure Island

Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

On Friday:  The 25th annual tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at Union Square Park.

The following street closures will be required from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.:

  • Geary Street between Powell and Stockton streets
  • Powell Street between Geary and Post streets
  • Stockton Street between Geary and Post streets
  • Post Street between Powell and Stockton streets

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected starting at 2:30 p.m.:

  • Powell-Hyde Cable Car
  • Powell-Mason Cable Car
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 8X Bayshore Express
  • 30 Stockton
  • 38 Geary
  • 38L Geary/Geary Limited
  • 45 Union/Stockton

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

Critical Mass

On Friday:  Beginning at 6 p.m., the Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza.

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

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 and 28th Avenue.  This 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. Currently, crews are working on Irving Street between 3rd and 9th avenues.  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 has begun. Crews are working to reconstruct the inbound stop from Mondays to Fridays. The stop is currently not in service. Muni customers can board N Judah rail vehicle at the temporary stop at 27th Avenue. This work requires traffic lane closures.

The new platform will include 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 tunnel construction project will temporarily be suspended for the rest of this year and will resume in early 2015 after the holidays.  The next schedule for tunnel construction work is tentatively set for the weekends of January 9, January 23 and January 30, 2015.

UPDATE:  Castro Streetscape Improvement Construction Project

The Castro Streetscape Improvement Construction Project is a joint collaboration between the SFMTA, San Francisco Public Works and San Francisco Planning Department.

Project Update:

This project will conclude on Wednesday, November 26.  The F Market and Wharves Line will return to normal route and serves regular Muni stops beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

UPDATE: 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 March 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.

UPDATE: 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.