SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this holiday weekend, Thursday, August 28 through Tuesday, September 2. 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.

Labor Day Holiday Muni Service and Parking Enforcement

On Monday, Labor Day holiday, Muni service will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Parking meters and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced.

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.

Hazards are always subject to ticketing and towing.

Baseball Game Traffic Reroutes and Transportation Options

From Thursday through Sunday, the San Francisco Giants will play four home games against the Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park

One game against the Colorado Rockies

  • 12:45 p.m., Thursday

Three games against the Milwaukee Brewers

  • 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.

Interstate 280 Bridge Hinge Replacement Project

On Thursday the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin construction work to replace two bridge hinges located near Cesar Chavez Street on northbound Interstate280.  The work will require the closure of northbound Interstate 280 from the U.S. 101/I-280 interchange to downtown San Francisco.

A full closure of northbound I-280 for the Labor Day holiday weekend will begin at 2 p.m., Thursday and end at 5 a.m., next Tuesday, September 2:

  • Northbound on-ramp closures include:
    • Alemany Boulevard
    • U.S. 101 connector to northbound I-280
    • Indiana and 25th streets
    • 18th Street
  • Northbound off-ramp closures include:
    • Cesar Chavez Street
    • Mariposa Street
    • 6th Street
    • King Street

Northbound I-280 traffic will be detoured to U.S. 101.  Southbound I-280 will remain open.

Muni delays will be expected during the closure, customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

For more information about the project, please visit Caltrans’ website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/280Bridge.

Critical Mass

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

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

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:

Painting work will be suspended during the Labor Day weekend.  It will resume the following week.

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 for this project include:

  • Making water main connections at various locations
  • Base repairs on Haight Street between Gough and Octavia streets
  • Sidewalk and curb repairs at northwest corner of Market and Haight streets
  • Sidewalk sewer replacements on Haight Street between Octavia and Laguna streets
  • Sidewalk improvement work at southeast and sidewest corners 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
  • Street parking will not be available around the construction sites

Project Update:

Starting Tuesday, August 26, crews have been reconstructing the street island at the Market/Haight/Gough intersection.  The rebuilt and extension of the concrete island will make street crossing at this intersection safer and easier by shortening the distance of the crosswalks.  It will take approximately two weeks for this construction work.

At the same time, the construction of the bus pad is continuing on the north side of Haight Street at Gough Street.  Relocation of bus stop for westbound 71 Haight/Noriega and 6 Parnassus will remain effective until the end of August.

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:

During the Labor Day long weekend, construction work will 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.

UPDATE:  M Ocean View Line Rail Rehabilitation Project

As an ongoing effort to keep Muni’s 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.

Project Update:

Phase five of the re-railing construction project was completed ahead of schedule.  The M Ocean View line will operate on a regular schedule on San Jose Avenue between Geneva and Niagara avenues beginning last Sunday, August 24, 2014.