SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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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 Thursday, September 22 through next Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 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.

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Oracle OpenWorld

Now through Thursday, September 22:  Oracle OpenWorld is taking place at the Moscone Center and Moscone West beginning Sunday, September 18 through Thursday, September 22. During this time, the Java One conference will also be held at the San Francisco Hilton and could impact transportation.

For more event details, please visit https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html.

The following full street closures are required to accommodate this event:

  • From 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 14 to 5 p.m., Saturday, September 24
    • Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets
  • From 11 p.m. Friday, September 16 to 11 p.m., Friday, September 23
    • Taylor Street between O’Farrell and Ellis streets

Significant traffic congestion is anticipated in and around Moscone Center between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily for the duration of the closure. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or use alternate routes. There will be heavy pedestrian traffic in the area.

Howard Street traffic has been detoured via southbound 2nd Street to Harrison Street, or via New Montgomery Street to Hawthorne Street to either Folsom or Harrison streets.

Taylor Street traffic has been detoured west on Ellis Street, north on Leavenworth Street, east on O’Farrell Street and back to Taylor.

There are signed bicycle detours for people on bikes on Howard Street to turn north at 2nd Street to Market Street.  People on bikes who wish to stay on Howard Street have the option to dismount at Howard and 3rd streets and walk their bicycle through the event along the north sidewalk.

Signage has been placed in advance of the street closures and detour routes.

Caltrans has activated electronic message signs on major freeways entering the city to notify motorists of the closures.

SFMTA Parking Control Officers and San Francisco Police Officers will be deployed at key intersections throughout the closures.

The following Muni routes are affected:

  • 7X Noriega Express
  • 8 Bayshore
  • 8AX Bayshore A Express
  • 8BX Bayshore B Express
  • 9 San Bruno (Nights and Weekend Only)
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 14X Mission Express
  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union/Stockton
  • 81X Caltrain Express
  • 82X Levi Plaza Express

There are limited number of temporary taxi stands for the event for pick up and drop off only:

  • For Oracle Open World/Java One Conference on Taylor Street (From Friday September 16 through Friday, September 23)
    • O’Farrell Street between Taylor and Mason streets
    • O’Farrell Street (southside) between Taylor and Jones street
    • O’Farrell Street (southside) between Taylor and Cyrill Magnin streets
  • For Oracle Open World on Howard Street (From Sunday, September 18 through Thursday, September 22)
    • Howard Street (northside) between New Montgomery and 3rd streets
    • Howard Street (southside) between 4th and 5th streets

Muni Heritage Weekend

September 24, Saturday and September 25, Sunday:  The 5th annual celebration of Muni Heritage Weekend held jointly by the SFMTA and the Market Street Railway, the non-profit partner that supports the preservation of Muni’s historic vehicle fleet, will take place at Steuart Street and Don Chee Way.  Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day.

Historic buses, cable cars and streetcars rarely in operation will return to serve the public for this weekend, some of them for free.

For more details of event, please visit https://www.sfmta.com/calendar/muni-heritage-weekend.

San Francisco Fire Department’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 24, Sunday, September 25:  San Francisco Fire Department will celebrate its 150th annuiversary with historical exhibition of antique fire apparatus at Fisherman’s Wharf on the waterfront between Pier 39 and Pier 45.

On Saturday the 150th Anniversary Grand Parade will start at 10 a.m. from The Embarcadero at Powell Street.  For details, please visit parade route.

For more event details, please visit http://sffd150.org/.

Little Embarcardero between Taylor and Powell streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sunday, September 25:  The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will take place along The Embarcadero beginning at 9 a.m.  For event details, please visit Susan Komen for the Cure.

The race will begin and finish at Justin Herman Plaza.  For a race map, please visit Race Route Map.

The following street closures will be required from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Northbound Embarcadero between 2nd and Washington streets
  • Northbound 3rd Street beween Channel and King streets
  • Eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets

Local access to Piers 48 and 50 will be allowed during the street closure.

The E Embarcadero Muni line will be affected.

Folsom Street Fair

Sunday, September 25:  The Folsom Street Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following street closures will be required from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday:

  • Folsom Street between 8th and 13th streets
  • 9th Street between Howard and Harrison streets
  • 10th Street between Howard and Harrison streets
  • 11th Street between Howard and Harrison streets
  • 12th Street between Howard and Harrison streets
  • All alleys and intersections bounded by 8th, Howard, 13th and Harrison streets

Traffic around the event area will be heavily congested.  Motorists are advised to stay away from the event area and areas where street closures are enforced.

For northbound traffic, please use Harrison Street, travel to 13th Street and to Duboce Avenue. For southbound traffic, please use Octavia Boulevard for US101 South Freeway.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 9 San Bruno
  • 12 Folsom/Pacific
  • 19 Polk
  • 27 Bryant
  • 47 Van Ness

For pick up and drop off only, there will be limited number of temporary taxi stands for the event on both north west and south west side of 8th and Folsom streets.

Cole Valley Fair

Sunday, September 25:  The 14th annual Cole Valley Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more details, please visit http://colevalleyfair.com/.

The following street closures will be required from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday:

  • Cole Street between Carl and Grattan streets
  • Parnassus Avenue between Belvedere and Shrader streets

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected

  • N Judah
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 37 Corbett
  • 43 Masonic

Baseball Games and Transportation Options

Next week, Tuesday, September 27 through Friday, 30:  The San Francisco Giants will play four home games at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times and teams for these games:

Three Games against the Colorado Rockies:

  • 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, September 27
  • 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, September 28
  • 7:15 p.m., Thursday, September 29

One Game against the Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • 7:15 p.m., Friday, September 30

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.

Muni Service to AT&T Park

The following Muni service will be available to and from all home games:

  • E Embarcadero
  • T Third
  • N Judah
  • Metro Ballpark Shuttles
  • 10 Townsend
  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union
  • 47 Van Ness

The SFMTA will provide additional train service of Metro “ballpark shuttles” to the existing N Judah and T Third service to the ballpark.

The additional service will begin two hours prior to the game and will continue until approximately 20 minutes after the start of the game.

Muni Ticket Sales

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 two hours before the game until the game begins, and again from the beginning of the 7th inning until 30 minutes after the game ends.

Baseball fans transferring from BART may purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station two and a half hours prior to the start time of the game.

Transfers will be valid for up to two hours after the end of event.

More Options of Buying Muni Tickets

Baseball fans are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using Bay Area public transportation systems are strongly encouraged to purchase their fares in advance or use Clipper® Card to attend the ball games. 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.

Baseball fans may also use MuniMobile, an official SFMTA app, to save time by instantly buying tickets for Muni bus, rail, cable car, and paratransit services on their iPhone and Android devices. Tickets can be purchased through a credit/debit card or PayPal account for individual or multiple riders on one smartphone. Customers can buy tickets ahead of time and activate when they are ready to ride - with MuniMobile, your phone is your fare.

Taxi Service

Temporary taxi stands for the event will be in place at the following locations:

  • East side of 2nd Street between King and Townsend streets (seven spaces)
  • West side of 2nd street between King and Townsend streets (two spaces)
  • West side of 2nd street between Townsend and Brannan streets (five spaces)
  • West side of 3rd street between King and Townsend streets (five spaces)

Transbay Service

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.

For regional transit information for BART, Caltrain and the ferries as well as traffic, please go to www.511.org.

Special Event Parking Enforcement

Parking meters on blocks within walking distance to AT&T Park will be enforced from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays when special events or ball games take place.  Operation hours are from 9 a.m to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on special event Sundays.

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.

CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES

UPDATE:  Balboa Park Station Improvement Project

Now until Further Notice:  The Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvements project broke ground on February 29 to implement safety, accessibility and transit improvements around the Balboa Park Station.  Weather permitting, construction work for the project is anticipated to last through December 2016.  Temporary impacts include:

Beginning September 6, Tuesday, the K-Ingleside and J Church Muni lines have been temporarily re-routed for approximately four months.

Temporarily Change to K-Ingleside Rail Service:

  • The first and last stop for both inbound and outbound travel will be at the City College Pedestrian Bridge on Ocean Avenue
  • There will be no direct service to the Balboa Park Station

For direct K service, passengers can transfer at Ocean and Lee to the following frequently serviced Muni routes:

  • 29-Sunset (transfer at the Ocean and Lee stop in front of Whole Foods).
  • 49-Van Ness/Mission (transfer on the City College bus loop on Ocean and Phelan)
  • 8-Bayshore (transfer on the Phelan bus loop on Ocean and Phelan)

To reach Balboa Park Station, passengers can also walk about three accessible blocks from the City College Pedestrian Bridge stop to the Ocean Avenue entrance of the station.

Temporarily Change to J-Church Rail Service:

  • Both inbound and outbound service will be on San Jose Avenue

Customers travelling inbound should board at the temporary stop in the southeast corner of San Jose Avenue and Geneva Avenue, across the street from the inbound stop for the M Ocean View line (Accessible boarding at Seneca Avenue)

Customers travelling outbound will be dropped off at the existing accessible M line stop on San Jose Avenue at Geneva Avenue (Accessible off-boarding at Wayside lift)

Sidewalk Closure:

The sidewalk on the west side of San Jose Avenue, between Geneva Avenue and Ocean Avenue, will be closed for construction for approximately one month. Please use the east sidewalk on the other side.

For more project details, please visit www.sfmta.com/balboaparkarea.

Construction of Mission Bay Loop

Now until Further Notice:  The SFMTA has resumed with exploratory excavation on 18th, 19th and Illinois streets. Construction has begun and is expected to complete in seven to eight months.

The Mission Bay Loop is a key component for San Francisco’s T Third rail line and is critical to operating the T-Third Central Subway service plan. The loop provides turn-around capabilities for the T-Third Street light rail line via a connection of trackway from 3rd Street to 18th, Illinois and 19th streets, which will allow the SFMTA to operate the necessary service levels needed to support current and planned growth within the eastern portion of San Francisco.

Traffic, including travelling by bike, may be affected by the construction work.  All work areas will be clearly marked and there will be flaggers to help direct traffic.  Travelling around and through the construction area should expect minor delays.

Local access to properties along the project site will be maintained.

For project details or to sign up to receive project updates, please visit:
https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/mission-bay-loop.

Upcoming Events and Constructions

Dreamforce Convention

The Salesforce Corporation is holding its yearly Dreamforce Convention at the Moscone Center from October 4, Tuesday to October 7, Friday.  Conference hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., each day.  An attendance of 45,000 is expected to attend workshops and product demonstrations at Moscone Center North, South and West.

For more event details, please visit https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF16/.

September 29, Thursday through October 9, Sunday:  Street closure of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets will begin at 8 p.m., Thursday, September 29 and and will continue through 8 p.m., Sunday, October 9.

More details to follow.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2:  The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Concert will take place at Hellman Hollow and at Marx and Lindley meadows in Golden Gate Park.  The concert will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  An attendance of 40,000 participants is expected each day.  For more event details, please visit http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2016/.

The Park streets in the immediate area will be closed.  No city street closures will be required.

More details to follow.

Baseball Games

Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 2:  The San Francisco Giants will play two home games against Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times and teams for these games:

  • 1:05 p.m., Saturday, October 1
  • 12:05 p.m., Sunday, October 2

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.

More details to follow.

Bridge to Bridge Run

Sunday, October 2:  The 5K and 12K Bridge to Bridge Run will begin at 9 a.m. from Justin Herman Plaza

More details to follow.

Castro Street Fair

Sunday, October 2: the Castro Street Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, please visit http://www.castrostreetfair.org/

More details to follow.

U.S. Navy Fleet Week

Friday, October 7 through Monday, October 10:  Fleet Week will be held along Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina District.

More details to follow.

Italian Heritage Parade

Sunday, October 9:  The annual Italian Heritage Day Parade will be held in North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf beginning at 12:30 p.m. from Jefferson and Powell streets and proceed to Washington Square. The parade should last 2.5 hours and 150,000 people are expected.  For event details, please visit www.sfcolumbusday.org.

More details to follow.

Columbus Day Holiday Muni Service and Parking Enforcement

Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day Holiday):  Muni service will operate on a Sunday schedule.  The 76X Marin Headlands Express Muni bus will be in service.

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.

Vehicles creating a hazard and/or an unsafe condition (i.e. double parking, blocking a bike lane, blocking driveways, blocking crosswalks, fire hydrants, etc.) are subject to receiving citations and can possibly be towed.

Note:  Parking meters in the City are enforced Monday through Saturday 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
  • On and near 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)