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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday Muni Service Schedule

Muni will operate on a regular Sunday service schedule on Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1), which both fall on Sundays, as well as Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 thru Friday, Dec. 30: Muni will operate on a weekday non-school schedule, and the following commute-hour service routes will be suspended for the week:

  • 1AX/BX, 7X, 14X, 30X, 31AX/BX, 38AX/BX, 41, 81X, 82X, 83X, 88, NX, N Judah Cole Valley Shuttles and the Castro Shuttles.

For details, visit our Holiday Service alert page.

Parking Enforcement on Christmas and New Year’s Day

Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1): There will be no enforcement of parking meters or restrictions for seven-day street sweeping, Monday through Friday street sweeping, residential parking permits or commuter tow-away zones.

Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2: Parking meters and restrictions for seven-day street sweeping will be enforced.

However, there will be no enforcement of parking restrictions for:

  • Monday through Friday street sweeping;
  • Residential parking permits;
  • Commute hour tow-away zones

For complete details, visit the holiday enforcement schedule webpage.

Events:

Menorah and Christmas tree in Union Square on a bright blue afternoon.
Setting up the “Mama Menorah” in Union Square on Dec. 7, 2010. Photo credit: Loren Javier/Flickr.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Muni runs in the pouring rain or blazing sunshine and, on a few rare occasions, even some light snow. Surprising as it may be, San Francisco has seen snowfall more than a few times in the past 140 years. 

The most recent of San Francisco's significant snowfalls was on Feb. 5, 1976 — a day that many readers may remember. About an inch of snow fell and the city's highest peaks were dusted with white.

a color photograph from February 1976 showing a Muni electric trolley coach operating on the 33 Ashbury line on Clayton Street near Deming Street.  the bus and a 1960s model Ford Mustang car are in the mid ground and Twin Peaks, dusted with white snow is seen in the background.
A Muni 33 Ashbury trolley bus marches up Clayton Street with a snow-capped Twin Peaks in the background on February 5, 1976.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Muni train on the T Third Line travels down Third Street next to a track spur that turns down 19th Street.

If you travel on Illinois Street between 18th and 19th streets in the Dogpatch neighborhood, you may see traffic lane changes as major sewer work ramps up this month as part of the Mission Bay Loop Project.

The sewer excavation started early this month and is expected to be completed in February. “No parking” signs have been placed around the intersections of Illinois Street from 18th to 19th streets to allow enough clearance for the work to be done.

Once completed, the Mission Bay Loop will benefit riders on the Muni’s T Third Line, especially when the Central Subway segment of the line opens in 2019. By providing a place for T trains to turn around, the track loop will allow us to run more frequent service on the line’s busiest segment and more efficiently maintain even spacing in the event of delays.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A woman riding a bike on the raised bikeway on Market Street.

As we adapt lessons from other cities to design a new generation of protected bike lanes that work for everyone on our streets, it’s crucial to get the details right.

That’s why we installed San Francisco’s first raised bike lane about a year ago as part of our efforts to experiment and improve upon the best practices among bike-friendly cities. On a short stretch of eastbound Market Street, from Gough to 12th Street, we installed a permanent bikeway with four different curb designs and measured the results from last November to May this year.

Our findings from the Raised Bikeway Demonstration Project are now available. Here, we’ll provide a brief look at the report [PDF] and the larger context around it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

With less than two weeks until good old Saint Nick makes his around the world adventure, this weekend not much is stirring.

While there may not be a major event, there are still places to go and things to see. Review these event calendars to discover what’s going on near you: FunCheapSF, EventBrite, SF Weekly, and SFGate.

A cable car with festive decorations heads east on California at night with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background.

Glide Toy Giveaway
Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Tenderloin

Get into the holiday spirit and help spread some joy and goodwill by volunteering to help distribute toys to the children of the Tenderloin and the surrounding neighborhoods at Glide’s annual toy giveaway. If you are unable to volunteer you can still partake by making a monetary contribution or providing an unwrapped toy. Donations for this event will be accepted at Glide until this Friday.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Riders exiting L Taraval train

We’re moving the L Taraval Rapid Project forward with improvements to make the street safer and improve Muni service starting in January.

After engaging with the community to shape proposed changes approved in September, early enhancements are coming to make Taraval safer for everyone who depends on it — including the Muni riders who make 30,000 trips on the L Taraval each day.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Young voices raised in song greeted seniors from all over the city this morning as they gathered for the 35th annual Cable Car Senior Holiday Luncheon. This festive tradition is hosted by the operators of the Cable Car Division and the Transport Workers, Local 250-A. SFMTA staff help with coordination and, of course, serving the guests.

The seated banquet for nearly 200 also included a drawing for multiple donated prizes.

Santa Claus stands next to two women attending the Cable Car Seniors Luncheon.
A visit from Santa makes the occasion even merrier.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On the southeast corner of Geneva and San Jose avenues, an intersection of broad streets crisscrossed by a web of light rail tracks, sits a once-grand Victorian building marked by a distinctive round corner turret.

The Geneva Car House has been a part of local transit, labor, and architectural history for over 115 years. The building, which sits across from the Balboa Park Muni/BART Station, provides a clue to the intersection’s significance in transit history.

A two-story Victorian building with a round corner-turret presides over the intersection at Geneva and San Jose avenues, with two streetcar operators in dark uniforms standing outside on the street corner. The building is a Romanesque-style red brick complex known as the Geneva Car House, built in 1901 to serve as an office and car house for one of the first electric streetcar lines in a city that at the time was dominated by cable cars. A transit hub long before the existence of BART, the Balboa Park neighborhood already had a stop for the Southern Pacific train line. In fact, the present-day BART station is in almost the exact same spot as the long-gone train stop and the Southern Pacific line followed the route of today’s I-280 freeway.

The Geneva Car House in 1928, as seen from the northwest corner of Geneva and San Jose Avenues.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A couple in Victorian-era clothing dancing together.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair on November 22, 2014. Photo: --Mark--/Flickr

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gray and red articulated Muni bus traveling east on O'Farrell with the red transit lanes for cable cars in the background and foreground. Pedestrians cross in front of the bus.
A 38 bus traveling east on O'Farrell across Powell Street

As Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) hits a major milestone this week, we’re providing new opportunities to get answers to today’s biggest questions about the project.

On Friday, the Geary BRT Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be made available online at the Geary BRT EIR page and at public libraries near the 38 Geary route. The document will include the recommended design option, years of analytical work detailing how the project is expected to affect communities as well as responses to public comments.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board, which is comprised of the SF Board of Supervisors, is set to vote on approval of the Final EIR and the Geary BRT project on January 5. Early improvements will start in 2017.

Learn more about the next steps in our blog post from last month. To stay in the loop on hearing dates and how to give decision-makers your feedback, visit the Geary BRT website. You can also get Geary BRT updates via text message by texting YES to 628-600-1675.