SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Thursday, August 27, 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, August 28 through Sunday, August 30. Anyone traveling in San Francisco can check www.sfmta.com or call 311 to find out which of the 83 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.

Baseball Game Travel Plans

Friday through Sunday:  The San Francisco Giants will play three home games at AT&T Park.  Below are schedules of these games:

Three games against the St. Louis Cardinals

  • At 7:15 p.m. on Friday, August 28
  • At 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 29
  • At 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, August 30

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.

The SFMTA will provide supplemental service after night games for approximately 60 minutes after the end of each game and other AT&T Park events during Muni Metro Subway Stations Nightly Shutdown for the Muni Metro Subway System Upgrade project:

  • Special after-game train service through the subway departing AT&T Park:
    • M Ocean View (to West Portal, St. Francis Circle and Balboa Park)
    • N Judah (to Church/Duboce and Ocean Beach)
    • T Third Street (to Embarcardero station)
  • Extra train shuttles will operate between Caltrain and Embarcadero stations
  • Supplemental extra bus shuttles in addition to bus bridge service for the nightly shutdown between Embarcardero and St. Francis Circle

Giants fans can board outbound trains to the Embarcadero station at the following stops:

  • 4th and King streets
  • 2nd and King streets

Subway stations beyond Embarcadero will be open for exit only after the 10 p.m. subway shutdown time.

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.

This Sunday, parking meters in the Special Event Zone near AT&T Park will be enforced.

Safer Market Street Project

Friday through Sunday:  SFMTA paint crew will conduct paint work to extend the “Transit Only Lanes” to 3rd Street.  Evening construction work will take place on Market Street (westbound direction) between Jones and 6th streets from Friday to Sunday, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., each night.

This work is part of the Safer Market Street project, which supports the 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 Jones and 6th streets (both eastbound and westbound directions):

  • No traffic will be allowed on the center track lanes
  • Local access will be permitted on the curbside lane
  • Loading zones will not be available
  • Muni buses operate on the following routes will use outbound curbside stops:
    • 5 Fulton
    • 21 Hayes
    • Metro Shuttles
    • F Shuttles

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market & Wharves (should expect delay on streetcar)
  • 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

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

There will be NO Sunset Tunnel construction work this weekend.

The N Judah Line service will continue to operate on its regular weekend schedule.

The next weekend construction is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of September 12.

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.

Upcoming Events / Constructions

Closures of Transbay Train Service

Friday, September 4 through, Monday, September 7 (Labor Day Long Weekend):  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

Central Subway Trackway Project

Friday, September 4 through Tuesday, September 8 (Labor Day Weekend):  The Central Subway Trackway Project will be conducted at the intersection of 4th and King streets over Labor Day Weekend from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Tuesday. The project will upgrade traffic signals to prioritize transit vehicles and begin the work to install new tracks for the Central Subway. It will also replace existing tracks and switches for the T-Line turning onto King Street from Berry Street, making the tracks safer.

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 8, 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:  Customers board the N Judah Caltrain between Embarcadero and Van Ness stations:
    • Disembark at the temporary platform at the mid-block crosswalk on King Street 3rd and 4th streets, OR
    • Customers may be dropped off at the 4th and King Platform; then
    • Connect to the southbound T Third train toward Sunnydale at 4th and Berry streets
  • Traveling to Balboa Park:  Board the N Judah outbound at the 4th and King Platform toward downtown:
    • Disembark between Embarcadero and Van Ness stations, then
    • Connect to the inbound K Ingleside toward Balboa Park
  • Customers waiting for the T Third Line between the Embarcadero and the 4th and King stations should board an N Judah train toward Caltrain

During Labor Day Weekend, although not the entire intersection of 4th and King streets will be closed, there will be detours.  The I-280 on-ramp and off-ramp will remain open, motorists are advised to take the 6th Street exit and to follow the detour routes to avoid traffic delays.

Safer Market Street Turn Restrictions

Enforcement of turn restrictions on Market Street between 3rd and 8th streets went into effect on Tuesday, August 11.  The Safer Market Street project supports the 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.

Locations where turn restrictions are enforced are indicated on the turn restriction notice. Muni, paratransit, bicycles, taxis, commercial and emergency vehicles are exempt from the turn restrictions.  Parking control officers will be monitoring and directing traffic as necessary.

Note: Cars are permitted to turn right onto Market Street from 5th Street until Ellis Street reopens.

For more project details, please visit https://www.sfmta.com/safermarketst

Muni Subway System Closed Evenings for Upgrades

All Muni Metro subway stations are closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., each night.  It is anticipated that this subway shutdown will take effect until the end of January 2016.

During these shutdowns, bus shuttle service is provided between Market/Steuart Street and St. Francis Circle nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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 are expected to complete in 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.

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.