SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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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, from Thursday, July 2 through next Wednesday, July 8. 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.

The SFMTA advises motorists of heavy congestion in the northern section of San Francisco related to below special events and advises commuters to use transit, taxis, bicycles or walk.

Customers using Bay Area public transportation systems are strongly encouraged to purchase their fares in advance or use Clipper® Card to attend this weekend’s events. Customers using a Clipper Card receive 50 cents off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry provide the same discount on return trips.  To learn more about transfer discounts, please visit transfer discounts.

For more information on using Clipper on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

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.

REMINDER:  Fares, Fees, and Fines Increase as of July 1

As part of the fiscal years 2015-2016 budget, the SFMTA Board has approved changes to fares, fees and fines that will become 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

Fourth of July Holiday Muni Service and Parking Enforcement

Friday:  Fourth of July holiday (Observed), Muni will operate on a weekday schedule.

Saturday:  Fourth of July holiday, Muni 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.

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.

Vehicles creating a hazard (i.e. blocking sidewalks, blocking crosswalks, fire hydrants, etc.) are subject to receiving citations and can possibly be towed.

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival

Saturday and Sunday:  The Fillmore Street Jazz Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets. Please visit www.fillmorejazzfestival.com for more details.

The following street closures will be required:

From 12 a.m., Saturday to midnight, Sunday

  • Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets
  • Washington, Wilmot and Clay streets between Webster and Steiner streets
  • Intersections:  Ellis, Wilmot, O’Farrell, Washington and Clay streets at Fillmore Street

From 7 a.m., Saturday to midnight, Sunday

  • O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets

The closure of O’Farrell Street is also designated for the Fillmore Farmers’ Market which will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 1 California
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 24 Divisadero
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 38R Geary Rapid

Monitored bicycle parking will be available on Fillmore Street between Ellis and O’Farrell streets.

Annual July 4 Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Saturday: The July 4 annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will start at 2 p.m. along the waterfront near the Municipal Pier and Pier 39. Entertainment will be at Pier 39, Aquatic Park and Ghirardelli Square.  The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m.

As many as 200,000 people are expected in this area. Traffic congestion and disruption of transit service are expected in the northern section of the city.  To ensure safety of the riding public, customers should pay attention to their surroundings and allow extra travel time to get around the City.

The following street closures will be in effect:

  • 9 to 11 p.m., Saturday
    • Southbound Polk Street between Bay and Union streets (except for Muni, bicycles and taxis)
  • 8:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday
    • Marina Boulevard exit off Doyle Drive may be closed
  • 8 a.m., Thursday to 5 p.m., Saturday
    • Jefferson Street from Aquatic Park to Hyde Street
  • 6 a.m., Saturday to 4 a.m., Sunday
    • The Embarcadero between Powell and Mason streets
  • 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday
    • Van Ness Avenue between North Point Street and the Municipal Pier Terminus
    • Beach Street from Polk Street to the Terminus
  • 2 p.m., Saturday to 4 a.m., Sunday
    • Jefferson Street between Hyde and Powell streets
  • 9:20 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., Saturday
    • Northbound Embarcadero at Broadway

Note:  As the crowd grows and to ensure safety of pedestrians, SFPD Police Officers and SFMTA Parking Control Officers can decide to close Fisherman’s Wharf area bounded by The Embarcadero, Van Ness Avenue and Bay Street earlier than the scheduled time listed below to vehicular traffic.

Embarcadero:         Bay to Taylor

Jefferson:                Embarcadero to Hyde

Beach:                     Hyde to west of Polk

Taylor:                     Beach to Embarcadero

Polk & Larkin:          North Point to Beach

Van Ness:               North Point to Muni Pier

Hyde:                       Beach to Jefferson

Leavenworth:           Beach to Jefferson

Jones:                      Beach to Jefferson

Mason:                     Beach to Jefferson

Powell:                     Beach to Jefferson

To expedite transit flow following the fireworks, southbound traffic on Polk Street between Bay and Union streets will be restricted to buses, taxis and bicycles only between 9 and 11 p.m.  Northbound traffic on Polk Street will not be affected.

July 4 Muni Service

On July 4, Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule as well as the added service detailed below.

Pre-Event Service

Starting at 2 p.m., pre-event Muni bus shuttles will run to Fisherman’s Wharf from the Ferry Building, Caltrain station at 4th and King streets to Ferry Plaza and Civic Center at Grove and Hyde Streets to Van Ness Avenue and Chestnut Street.

Additional Muni Metro trains will operate in the Market Street subway between Embarcadero and West Portal Stations.

Additional bus service will run on the 25 Treasure Island and 28 19th Avenue Muni routes.

Post-Event Service

Return shuttle service will begin after the fireworks display at 10 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.  Shuttles will board at two locations:

  • The Embarcadero and Bay Street for service to the Ferry Building and Caltrain station
  • Polk and Francisco streets for service to Van Ness Avenue and Market Street and Civic Center Muni/BART Station

Caltrain riders are advised that the last Muni shuttle from The Embarcadero and Bay staging area will leave no later than 11:30 p.m. to meet the last Caltrain, which departs at midnight.

Once the crowds disperse, regular Muni service will resume. This can take at least a half hour. Participants and those traveling in the area are asked to allow extra travel time.

Purchasing Muni Fare

Between 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., SFMTA staff will be selling transfers at the Ferry Building.  Muni customers are encouraged to purchase their round-trip fare in advance or use a Clipper® Card. Regular Muni fares apply.

Muni Reroutes

The following regular Muni lines and routes will be re-routed due to congestion in the event area:

  • F Market & Wharves*
  • 8 Bayshore Express
  • 19 Polk
  • 30 Stockton
  • 39 Coit
  • 47 Van Ness
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission

* After 2 p.m., F Market & Wharves line trains will only operate on Market Street and will operate on bus shuttles along The Embarcadero.

The Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason and California cable car lines will operate on regular Muni buses at 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.

The following Muni routes may be affected after the fireworks due to the increased number of transit customers and the high volume of pedestrian traffic:

  • 28 19th Avenue
  • 91 Owl
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 45 Union-Stockton
  • 76X Marin Headland Express

Parking

Parking meters, posted time limit zones and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Commuter tow away, residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping will not be enforced.

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.

Vehicles creating a hazard (i.e. blocking sidewalks, blocking crosswalks, fire hydrants, etc.) are subject to receiving citations and can possibly be towed.

Baseball Game Travel Plans

Monday through next Wednesday, July 6 through July 8:  The San Francisco Giants will play three home games against New York Mets at AT&T Park.  Below are schedules of these games:

  • 7:15 p.m. on Monday
  • 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday
  • 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday

Motorists are advised to avoid 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.

Baseball fans are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using Clipper Card receive 50 cents off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry also provide the same discount for Muni customers on return trips.  To learn more about transfer discounts, please visit transfer discounts.

For more information on using Clipper on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

Customers may also purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station Muni Faregate East Entrance three hours prior to the start time of the game.

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King streets and Willie Mays Plaza. Transfers will be sold from 2 hours before the game until the game begins, and again from the beginning of the 7th inning until 30 minutes after the game ends.

With an exception of cable cars, transfers will be valid for up to two hours after the game ends on all Muni lines and routes.

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.

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/destinations/att-park.

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:

Ferry will depart promptly 30 minutes after the final out.

For directions going to AT&T Park by various means of transportation, please visit the Giants website at http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.

REMINDER:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

Project Update:

There will be no construction work this weekend. N Judah Line service will continue to operate on its regular weekend schedule.

The next weekend construction is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of July 10.

Project Description:

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.  There will be no TSP work this weekend.
  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 of 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: 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Sunday Streets - Tenderloin

On Sunday, July 12, the fifth Sunday Streets event will take place in the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods.  This event route, travels along Fulton Street, Ellis Street, Golden Gate Avenue, Jones, Turk and Larkin streets, will be available for recreational activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to all participants.

For further event details, please visit www.sundaystreetssf.com.

Details of street closures and Muni service impact to follow.

Upcoming Construction

Doyle Drive Closure

This project is scheduled to resume on Thursday, July 9 and through Monday, July 13.

Crews will work to finalize the project of the new Presidio Parkway and Doyle Drive. Doyle Drive will be shut down.

The new road includes re-opening ramps connecting Highway 1 and 101, restoring connections between the Richmond District and the Marina. For complete project and closure details visit the Presidio Parkway website http://www.presidioparkway.org/weekendclosure/

Muni route 28 19th Avenue will be impacted.  76X Marin Headlands Express and 91 Owl will be affected during the hours of closure.

Heavy traffic is anticipated along transit corridors of 19th Avenue, Geary Boulevard and California Street.