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SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Friday, July 18, 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, Saturday, July 19 through next Tuesday, July 22. 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.

J Pop Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, the J Pop Festival will take place in Japantown and Union Square.  For more event details, please visit www.j-pop.com/2014.

The following street closures will be required from 5 a.m., Saturday to 9 p.m., Sunday:

  • Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets
  • Webster Street between Sutter and Geary streets
  • There will be no impact on Muni service.

AIDS Walk

On Sunday the annual AIDS Walk will take place from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Golden Gate Park.  For more event details, please visit www.aidswalk.net.

The route will be entirely within the park and take participants from Sharon Meadow, west on John F. Kennedy Drive, south on Transverse Drive, west on Martin Luther King Drive, east on John F. Kennedy Drive and back to Sharon Meadow.

The north and south park entrances will be closed, except Park Presidio Boulevard and Crossover Drive.  Closures for the AIDS Walk are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 44-O’Shaughnessy Muni route will be affected.

Escape from the Rock Duathlon

On Sunday the 34th annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock Duathlon will take place.  The event will start at 8 a.m. and begin with a swim from Alcatraz, then follow with a 7-mile run to Fort Point and back to Aquatic Park.  For more event details, please visit www.envirosports.com.

The following street closure will be required mid-night to 2 p.m.:

  • Jefferson Street between Hyde Street and Westerly Terminus

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Sewer Restoration Work

Beginning next Tuesday, and through Spring of 2015, crews from Public Utilities Commission will conduct installation work of a new sewer main pipeline on Spear Street between Market and Mission streets.

Spear Street between Market and Mission streets will be closed during the construction period.

During the street closure:

  • No street parking will be allowed
  • Sidewalk will remain open for pedestrian traffic
  • Local access will be allowed
  • Muni bus stops on Spear Street will be suspended and the following inbound Muni routes will be affected:
    • 2 Clement
    • 6 Parnassus
    • 9 San Bruno
    • 9L San Bruno Limited
    • 21 Hayes
    • 31 Balboa
    • L Owl
    • Early Morning Shuttles

For project updates, please visit sfwater.org/NorthShoreSewer.

UPDATE:  Muni Forward: Rapid Network Improvements in
Union Square and Tenderloin Area

As part of the Muni Forward: Rapid Network Improvements project, beginning Monday, crews from the SFMTA will resume adding the red surface treatment to the existing “transit only” lane on O’Farrell Street for the 38 and 38L Geary bus routes. The newly painted red lanes will facilitate motorists to distinguish the “transit-only” lane. This work is to complete the project sections delayed where additional sideway or repaving was needed.

The next phase of this project will include adding the red surface treatment to existing “transit only” lanes on Market Street later in the year.

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.

Ongoing construction activities for this project include:

  • Water main replacement on Haight Street between Octavia and Laguna streets;
  • Electronic conduit installation for the new traffic signals at the southwest corner of Market/Haight/Gough intersection;
  • Miscellaneous sewer work at various locations; and
  • Sidewalk improvement work at southeast corner of the Market/Haight/Gough intersection.

Construction work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the work hours:

  • streets will remain open;
  • Muni service will not be affected; and
  • Street parking will not be available around the construction sites.

UPDATE: Columbus Avenue Transit Bulb and Sidewalk Improvements Construction

The SFMTA has been constructing full length transit bulbs on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union streets. Transit bulbs are an extension of the sidewalk that improve service reliability by eliminating the need for buses to merge in and out of traffic at the stop, and make it easier and safer for Muni customers to board the bus.  The project is expected to continue and to complete in mid-August.

The Muni 30 Stockton and 8X Bayshore Express routes will be affected during the construction.

Construction will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Lane closures and traffic delays are expected.

UPDATE: M Ocean View Line Rail Rehabilitation Project

As an ongoing effort to keep the infrastructure in a state of good repair, SFMTA is replacing the aging tracks on the M Ocean View line on San Jose Avenue between Geneva and Niagara avenues.

Phase five of the re-railing construction project has begun and is estimated to be complete by September 2, 2014.

Construction work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

During construction, the M Ocean View line will operate on regular Muni buses between stops at Broad Street and Plymouth Avenue and at San Jose and Geneva avenues. These buses will serve the same rail stops. Regular train service will operate between the Broad Street/Plymouth Avenue and Embarcadero stations.

REMINDER:  Change of Sunday Parking Meters

As a reminder, most on-street and off-street parking meters will no longer require payment on Sundays in San Francisco, as of July 1, 2014.

While most parking meters will not operate or be enforced on Sundays, there are some areas where parking meters will continue to operate on Sundays:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf area, along The Embarcadero Roadway
  • In the Special Event Area around AT&T Park*
  • Five metered off-street parking lots 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 Special Event Area will only operate on Sundays when there is an event, for example, ball games at AT&T Park.

Through this Sunday, SFMTA Parking Control Officers will place informational flyers on vehicles parked at expired meters in areas where Sunday meters will remain operational. Customers are encouraged to check on the parking meter to determine if it is operational on Sundays.