SFMTA Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory
Wednesday, June 24, 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, June 26 through Monday, June 29. 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 or riding a bike, please remain vigilant to keep everyone safe. If you see suspicious activity, please report it.

The SFMTA advises motorists of heavy congestion in downtown 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.  Learn more about 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.

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:  As a reminder, the San Francisco Giants will play three home games against Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.  Below are schedules of these games:

  • 7:15 p.m. on Friday
  • 1:05 p.m. on Saturday
  • 1:05 p.m. on 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.

Baseball fans are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using Clipper Card receive a 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 a reciprocal single-ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. For more information on using Clipper on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

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.

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.

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

Trans March

Friday:  The annual Trans March will take place.  Prior to the march, there will be a brunch and rally on Dolores Street. The march will start at 6:15 p.m. at Dolores and 18th streets and culminate at the U.N. Plaza. For more details, please visit http://www.transmarch.org/trans-march-2015/.

The following street closures will be required from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday:

  • Dolores Street between 18th and 20th Streets
  • Local access from Guerrero Street for all streets bounded by Dolores, 18th, Guerrero and 20th streets

Traffic along Market Street is expected to be very congested during the march. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time or to use alternate routes.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market
  • J Church
  • 5 Fulton
  • 5R Fulton Rapid
  • 6 Haight-Parnassus
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 9R San Bruno Rapid
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 33 Ashbury/18th
  • 47 Van Ness
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission
  • 7 Haight/Noriega
  • 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid

Dyke March

Saturday:  The annual Dyke March and pre-event festivities will be held on Dolores Street.  The event will begin with a rally on Dolores and 18th streets.

The march will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will proceed from Dolores and 18th streets to 16th and Market streets where the Dyke March After Party will take place.

For more details, please visit http://www.thedykemarch.org/#!the-plan/c5i3.

The following street closures will be required from 2 to 8 p.m.:

  • Dolores Street between 17th and 20th streets
  • 18th Street between Church and Dolores streets

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market & Wharves
  • J Church
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 24 Divisadero & Owl
  • 33 Ashbury/18th
  • 35 Eureka
  • 37 Corbett

Pink Party

Saturday:  The LGBT Center’s Pink Party will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/110775262590737/

The following street closures will be required from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday:

  • Market Street between Eureka and Noe Streets
  • Westbound Market Street only between Noe and Sanchez Streets
  • Collingwood Street between Market and 19th Streets
  • Hartford Street between 17th and 19th Streets
  • Castro Street between 16th and 19th streets
  • 18th Street between Diamond and Noe streets
  • Beaver Street between Castro and Noe streets
  • Noe Street between 15th and 16th streets
  • 17th Street between Castro and Noe streets

The following intersections will also be closed:

  • Market Street at Collingwood, Castro, and 17th streets
  • 18th Street at Castro, Collingwood, and Hartford streets
  • Hartford Street at 17th Street
  • States Street at Castro Street
  • Beaver Street at Noe Street

The Eureka Valley Lot 1 behind the Castro Theater and Eureka Valley Lot 2 behind the Walgreen’s will also be closed.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market & Wharves
  • 24 Divisadero & Owl
  • 33 Ashbury/18th
  • 35 Eureka
  • 37 Corbett

SF Pride Celebration

Saturday and Sunday:  From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the annual SF Pride Celebration will be held at the Civic Center Plaza.

The following street closures will be required:

Starting at 9 a.m., Friday:

  • Grove Street between Polk and Larkin streets will be closed until 6 a.m., Monday
  • Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin streets will be closed until 3 p.m., Monday

Starting at 8 p.m., Friday and continuing until 6 a.m., Monday:

  • Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place between McAllister and Grove streets
  • Polk Street between Grove and Market streets
  • Lech Walesa Street between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street
  • Larkin Street between McAllister and Market streets
  • Grove Street between Hyde Street and Van Ness Avenue
  • Intersections: Grove and Polk streets, Polk Street and Lech Walesa, and Grove and Larkin streets.

Note: The intersection of McAllister and Larkin streets will remain open until 8 p.m., Saturday.

Starting at 5 a.m., Saturday and continuing until 6 a.m., Monday:

  • Hyde Street between McAllister and Market streets
  • Intersections:  Grove and Fulton streets at Hyde Street

Starting at 8 p.m., Saturday and through 6 a.m., Monday, there will be additional street closures to accommodate the large crowd expected on Sunday:

  • McAllister Street Van Ness Avenue and Leavenworth Street
  • Golden Gate Avenue between Van Ness Avenue and Leavenworth Street
  • An extension of Polk, Larkin and Hyde streets northerly to Turk Street
  • All alleys within the closure boundary

All northbound traffic coming from 9th Street will be directed to use Hayes Street to either Van Ness Avenue or Franklin Street. Southbound traffic on Polk Street should use Golden Gate Avenue to Hyde Street until Saturday evening when both Hyde Street and Golden Gate Avenue will be closed.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the Civic Center area on Saturday and Sunday as there will be extreme congestion.

Event participants are strongly encouraged to take public transportation as parking and traffic will be extremely difficult.

All Muni Metro trains will stop at Civic Center station for the Pride Celebration and Parade, as well as at Powell and Montgomery stations for the Pride Parade.

Muni Impacts

Due to street closures in the Civic Center area during the Pride Parade and Celebration, the following muni routes will be affected until 6 a.m. Monday:

  • 5 Fulton (except Friday)
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes

Taxi Zones

On Saturday and Sunday, taxi zones will be set up on Van Ness Avenue in front of City Hall and on the south side of Turk Street between Polk and Larkin streets.

Muni Ticket Sales

Muni one-way and round-trip tickets (at regular fare) will be sold on both Saturday and Sunday at select locations.

  • $4.50 round trip for Adults (ages 18-64)
  • $1.50 round trip for seniors (ages 65 and older), people with disabilities and youth (ages 5-17)

Locations*                                           Hours

Saturday

Civic Center Station East                         2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Castro Station                                          5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday

Castro Station                                          8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Civic Center Station East                         Noon to 7 p.m.

*Subject to change based on staff availability and operational needs.

SF Pride Parade

Sunday:  The annual SF Pride Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. from the lower Market Street formation area. The parade will commence at Market and Beale streets and proceed west on Market Street to Hyde and 8th streets, where it will disband on 8th Street.

At 9:30 a.m. Market Street from Steuart Street to Van Ness Avenue will be closed for the parade. All intersections will be closed to cross traffic during the parade, which is scheduled to end at approximately 5 p.m. As each section of Market Street is cleaned by the San Francisco Public Works personnel, it will be reopened.

The following streets comprise the formation area will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Traffic on the cross streets will be allowed to continue, subject to delays, except when parade units are actually crossing the intersections:

  • Beale Street from Market to Folsom streets
  • Main Street from Market to Folsom streets
  • Spear Street from Market to Folsom streets
  • Steuart Street from Market to Folsom streets
  • Market Street from Beale to Steuart streets

Muni lines that normally operate on Market Street will be rerouted to Mission Street.

Mission Street between The Embarcadero and Van Ness Avenue will be posted as “Tow Away/No Parking” and will be restricted to transit, taxis, and bicycles only.  Both Van Ness Avenue and The Embarcadero will be open for through traffic.

Muni Impacts

Service that normally travels on or crosses Market Street will be affected by the parade. The following lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Haight-Parnassus
  • 8 Bayshore
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • 27 Bryant
  • 30 Stockton
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 38R Geary Rapid
  • 45 Union/Stockton
  • 7 Haight/Noriega
  • 76X Marin Headlands Express
  • 25 Treasure Island

Early morning bus service on the following Metro lines will also be affected:

  • K Ingleside
  • L Taraval
  • M Ocean View
  • N Judah
  • T Third

Traffic is expected to be very congested in downtown San Francisco throughout the weekend. For Muni transit information, please visit www.sfmta.com.  For regional transit information, please visit www.511.org.

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 Fares, Fees, and Fines Increase

Please be advised that 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

Upcoming Events

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and July 5, 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. For more details, please visit www.fillmorejazzfestival.com.

Details of street closures and Muni transit impact to follow.

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

On Saturday, July 4, the annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will take place 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.

Details of street closures and Muni transit impact to follow.

Upcoming Construction

Doyle Drive Closure

Update:  This project is scheduled to resume on Thursday, July 9 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.