SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, July 30, 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, July 31 through Sunday, August 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.  Whether you are riding Muni, taking a taxi, walking, riding a bike or driving, 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.

Critical Mass

Friday:  The Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza at 6 p.m.

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

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Saturday and Sunday:  The annual Nihonmachi Street Fair will take place in and around Japantown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. Please visit www.nhonmachistreetfair.org for more details.

The following street closures will be required from 5 a.m., Saturday to 9:00 p.m., Sunday:

  • Post Street from Laguna Street to Fillmore Street
  • Webster Street from Geary Boulevard to Sutter Street
  • Intersection of Webster Street and Post Street

There will be no anticipated impact on Muni service.

Launch of E Embarcadero Line

Saturday:  Beginning this weekend, the SFMTA will launch a new historic streetcar line along The Embarcadero with key destinations at 4th and King Caltrain Station, AT&T Park, Ferry Plaza, Exploratorium, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.

The new E Line will operate on Saturdays and Sundays beginning August 1:

  • Service hours:         From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Frequency:             Every 15 minutes

For more details of this new service, please visit:  E Embarcadero Historic Streetcar Line.

REMINDER:  Athletic Association Event

Tuesday, July 28 through This Sunday:  The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event takes place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

A street closure of Avenue “H” between California and 13th streets is in effect until 10 p.m., this Sunday.

The 25 Treasure Island Muni route is affected.

REMINDER:  Muni Subway System Closed Evenings for Upgrades

Friday:  All Muni Metro subway stations (with an exception of Embarcadero BART/Muni Station) will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., each night beginning this Friday.  It is anticipated that this subway shutdown will take effect until the end of January 2016.

During these shutdowns, shuttle service will be provided between Market/Steuart Street and St. Francis Circle nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  Shuttles will service island stops along Market Street except stops between 7th and 8th streets where transit-lane paint work will take place and curb stops will be used at this location.

The shutdowns allow the SFMTA to implement system upgrades and address maintenance of infrastructure in the subway to improve Muni’s communications and keep trains running safely and reliably throughout the city.  The two upgrades will be conducted beginning this Friday through the end of January 2016.

  • The Radio Replacement project will modernize Muni's currently outdated radio system and improve communications between Muni Operations Control and vehicles out in the field
  • The Blue Light Emergency Telephone Replacement will upgrade and expand a vital emergency system throughout the underground tunnels

For details of Muni service during the upgrades work, please see separate release:  https://www.sfmta.com/news/press-releases/nightly-shutdown-begins-subway-receives-upgrades

For more details of these projects, please visit www.sfmta.com/subwayupgrades.

Safer Market Street

Friday through Sunday:  Evening construction work will take place on Market Street between 7th and 8th streets from Friday to Sunday, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., each night.

Work is part of the implementation of the Safer Market Street project, which supports they city’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by improving safety conditions and reducing conflicts for all road users. The project includes turn restrictions, the extension of east and westbound transit only lanes to 3rd Street, and additional loading and painted safety zones.

During construction hours along Market Street between 7th and 8th streets (both eastbound and westbound directions):

  • No traffic will be allowed on the center track lanes
  • Local access will be permitted in the curbside lane
  • Muni buses will use curbside stops
    • Westbound buses will use curbside stops for Routes 19 and 21
    • Eastbound buses will use curbside stop for Routes 7 and 7R
  • Loading zones will not be available

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market & Wharves
  • K Owl
  • N Owl
  • L Owl
  • T Owl
  • 6 Haight/Parnassus
  • 7 Haight/Noriega
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • Muni Metro Shuttles

For more project details please visit sfmta.com/safermarketst

Closures of Transbay Train Service

Saturday and Sunday:  There will be NO BART service between West Oakland BART and the Embarcadero BART/Muni stations.  The purpose of this temporary service closure will be for a repair of a critical section of track near the Transbay Tube.

During the shutdown, BART will provide free bus service between 19th Street in Oakland and the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco.  This change of service may cause a delay of one to two hours per trip.  Customers are encouraged to use other public transit transbay service such as ferry or AC Transit.  For more information, please check www.511.org.

SFMTA will provide free service to customers who board on Muni buses at the Transbay Terminal and on Beale and Market streets on the following routes:

  • 7 Haight/Noriega
  • 38 Geary
  • 5 Fulton

There will be another shutdown during the Labor Day weekend, September 5 through 7.

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

There will be NO construction work on the Sunset Tunnel project this weekend. The next weekend construction is tentatively scheduled for August 14.  N Judah Line service will continue to operate on its regular weekend schedule.

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. The 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 will make Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.  Construction of the new platforms was successfully completed in late March. The eastbound and westbound stops are now being served by N Judah trains.

REMINDER: Folsom Street Off-Ramp Realignment Project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) will continue 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 complete in July 2015.

During construction, the 25 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: Spear Street 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 September 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 Haight/Parnassus
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 14 Owl
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
  • L Owl
  • K Morning Shuttle
  • M Morning Shuttle

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

Upcoming Events/Constructions

Outside Lands Festival

Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9:  The Outside Lands Music Festival will be held in Golden Gate Park between noon and 10 p.m., each day.

To get people in and out of event, Muni will provide supplemental service on the following lines and routes:

Friday, August 7

  • 5 Fulton
  • 5R Fulton Rapid
  • N Judah

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9

  • 5 Fulton
  • 5R Fulton Rapid
  • 28 19th Avenue
  • 29 Sunset
  • Nx N Express

More specific details will follow.

For event details, please visit www.sfoutsidelands.com.

Central Subway Trackway Project

Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7:  The Central Subway Trackway Project includes trackwork and infrastructure upgrades at the intersection of 4th and King streets. The project will bring Transit Signal Priority upgrades for this intersection and install new trackwork up 4th Street. These upgrades to the T Third Metro Line accommodate the future Central Subway alignment and will make transit safer and more reliable.

This is a two-phase construction project at the 4th and King for trackwork expansion. The first phase of work is scheduled to begin on Labor Day Weekend, September 4 to 7, 2015. The second phase of work is targeted for the first quarter of 2016.

During the first phase, the T Third Line rail service will switch back at 4th and Berry streets. The work will affect travel patterns for Muni Metro riders as follows:

  • Traveling Downtown:  Board the N Judah outbound at the 4th and King Platform
  • Traveling to Sunnydale:  Get off at the newly created temporary platform at King and 3rd streets, then travel southwest to the platform at 4th and Berry streets to board the T Third train towards Sunnydale

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.

REMINDER:  Fares, Fees, and Fines Already in Effect

As a reminder, new fares, fees and fines became effective on July 1, 2015.

For a complete details and information on specific increases, please visit the SFMTA website: https://www.sfmta.com/news/notices/fares-fees-and-fines-effective-july-1-2015.