SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Thursday, April 27, 2017

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, Friday, April 28 through Monday, May 1, 2017. 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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For details of Muni re-routes, visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

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San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30:  The San Francisco Giants will play three home games against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.

Listed below are start times for these games:  1) 7:15 p.m.; Friday, 2) 6:05 p.m., Saturday; and 3) 1:05 p.m., 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.

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; and 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.

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.

Singe Ride Muni Fare

A single ride fare on Muni is good for 90 minutes of travel, whether it be on a single route or a trip with multiple transfers across buses and light rail. Customers who purchase their fares in advance using a Clipper® Card or to use the official SFMTA app, MuniMobile, can save 25 cents per trip.

For more details visit https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes/single-rides-transfers.

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, 7 spaces
  • West side of 2nd street between King and Townsend streets, 2 spaces
  • West side of 2nd street between Townsend and Brannan streets, 5 spaces
  • West side of 3rd street between King and Townsend streets, 5 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 Rates

During baseball games and other events at AT&T Park, parking meters close to the ballpark will charge a special event rate of $7 per hour. These rates help make more parking spots available in South Beach and Mission Bay and help reduce congestion by discouraging circling for free or cheap parking near the ballpark.

For more information and a map of the special event rate area, please visit www.sfpark.org/events.

Sunday Parking

On Sunday, April 30, parking meters in the Special Event Zone near AT&T Park will be enforced.

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 more event details, please visit http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.

Light Rail Vehicle Testing Exercise

Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 30:  The SFMTA’s LRV (Light Railway Vehicle) Team will be testing SFMTA’s new Siemens light rail vehicles on the trackway between Randall Street and Balboa Park area.  This testing is essential to prepare these new, state-of-art vehicles for daily operations.

During the trackway closure, J Church shuttle bus service will be provided between Balboa Park and Church/Duboce stations between 11:59 p.m. and 2 a.m. each night.

Signage will be in place to alert customers for bus shuttle stop locations.

Critical Mass

Friday, April 28:  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.

Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival

Saturday, April 29:  The annual Cesar Chavez Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Participants will gather at 19th Street between Dolores and Guerrero streets at 10 a.m. The festival will be held after the parade on 24th Street between Treat and Bryant streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For event details, please visit http://www.cesarchavezday.org/.

The parade will proceed from Dolores and 19th streets, east on 19th Street, south on Mission Street, east on 24th Street to Folsom Street.  The festival area will take place on 24th Street between Treat and Bryant streets.

Streets will re-open as the parade passes. The following closures will be required from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • 24th Street between Treat and Bryant streets
  • Harrison between 23rd and 25th streets
  • Intersections:  24th Street at Harrison, Alabama, Florida streets

Local residential access will be allowed on Florida and Alabama streets.

The following Muni routes will be affected:  12 Folsom/Pacific; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 27 Bryant; 48 Quintara/24th Street; 49 Van Ness/Mission; and 67 Bernal Heights.

Clement Street Neighborhood Event

Saturday, April 29:  The Richmond Neighborhood Center will be hosting an event on Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard and 3rd Avenue.

A street closure of Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard and 3rd Avenue will be required from 1 to 7 p.m.

During the hours of street closure, local access will be allowed on 2nd Avenue via Cornwall Street and Geary Boulevard.

The 2 Clement Muni route will be affected.

Glen Park Festival

Sunday, April 30:  The 19th Annual Glen Park Festival will take place on Diamond Street in the Glen Park neighborhood.  The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For event details, please visit http://glenparkfestival.com/about.shtml.

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

  • Diamond Street between Bosworth and Chenery streets
  • Wilder Street between Diamond and Carrie streets
  • Kern Street between Diamond and Brompton streets
  • Intersections:  Wilder and Kern streets at Diamond Street

The following Muni routes will be affected:  35 Eureka; 36 Teresita; and 52 Excelsior.

Sunday Streets - Tenderloin

Sunday, April 30:  The third 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. The route 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 http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/tenderloin-071016/.

The following street closures will be required from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Jones Street between O’Farrell Street and Golden Gate Avenue
  • Larkin Street between Grove and O’Farrell Streets
  • Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets
  • Ellis Street between Larkin and Taylor streets
  • Golden Gate Avenue between Polk and Jones streets

Cross traffic will be allowed at the following locations:

  • Eastbound on McAllister Street
  • Eastbound and westbound on Eddy Street at Larkin and Leavenworth streets
  • Northbound on Leavenworth Street

Traffic will be controlled by Parking Control Officers and San Francisco police officers.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:  5 Fulton; 19 Polk; 27 Bryant; 31 Balboa; and 38 Geary.

May Day March

Monday, May 1:  There will be a combined rally and march along Market Street. The rally will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza; the march will begin at 12:30 p.m. and go up Market Street toward Civic Center Plaza. The march is expected to finish around 2 p.m., where the rally will take place at Civic Center Plaza.

Market Street will be closed to traffic between 10th and Steuart streets from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cross traffic between gaps in marchers will not be allowed.  Motorists should expect significant delays along the Market Street and Mission Street corridors during the closure.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:  Powell-Mason Cable Car; Powell-Hyde Cable Car; F Market & Wharves; N Judah; KT: K-Ingleside/T-Third Street; 2 Clement; 5 Fulton; 6 Parnassus; 7 Haight/Noriega; 8 Bayshore; 9 San Bruno; 10 Townsend; 12 Folsom/Pacific; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 19 Polk; 21 Hayes; 27 Bryant; 30 Stockton; 31 Balboa; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; and 45 Union/Stockton.

CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES

UPDATE:  Van Ness Improvement Project

This civic improvement project will bring San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. To maximize the benefits of construction, we will also be replacing major utilities including water, sewer and emergency firefighting water systems, repaving Van Ness Avenue, enhancing streetlights and landscaping, and installing new sidewalk lighting and rain gardens.

Construction in the median of Van Ness has begun and includes the removal of contaminated soil, trees and the concrete curb. This work is necessary to provide room for construction activity and to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction over the next three years of construction. Curbside utility work is scheduled to begin in May.

Traffic Impact

Overnight Sunday, April 30, the Overhead Contact System that powers the electric buses will be removed on Van Ness from Union to Lombard streets. Some traffic lanes may be closed for this activity.

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen conditions.

For more project details and the latest construction updates, please visit sfmta.com/vanness.

ONGOING:  Central Subway Project

Through the month of April, night time closure of Ellis Street between Powell and Stockton streets will be required from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. for utility work.  Work may impact the walkway on the north side of Market Street at Ellis and Stockton streets between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to facilitate utility work.

Utility work at the intersection of 4th and Welsh streets continues. Traffic reroutes remain in effect for the next several weeks. Welsh at 4th streets is closed and the two-way street configuration continues during construction.

Central Subway project is the first underground line to link the north and south corridors of the city, and will provide a direct connection to major retail, sporting and cultural venues while efficiently transporting people to jobs, educational opportunities and other amenities throughout San Francisco.

For project updates, please visit:
https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/central-subway-project

ONGOING:  Balboa Park Station Area Improvement Project

Balboa Park Station and the surrounding area is one of the highest ridership BART stations outside of downtown San Francisco.  There are multiple ongoing projects that aims to improve the safety and accessibility for road users and riders travelling to and from the area.  The Green Light Rail Center Track Replacement Project, located on Geneva and San Jose avenues, is one of these projects to improve system reliability with track replacements, upgrades to the overhead contact system and installation of accessible ramps and some landscape improvements.

Temporary Change to K-Ingleside Rail Service:

  • The first and last stop for both inbound and outbound travel is at the City College Pedestrian Bridge on Ocean Avenue
  • There is 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:

  • 8-Bayshore (transfer on the City College Terminal on Ocean and Phelan)
  • 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)

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.

Temporary Change to J-Church Rail Service:

  • Both inbound and outbound service is on San Jose Avenue

Customers traveling inbound should board at the temporary stop in the southeast corner of San Jose and Geneva avenues, 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).

For more project details, please visit sfmta.com/greenlightrail.

ONGOING:  Construction of Mission Bay Loop

Now until Further Notice:  The SFMTA has resumed construction on 18th, 19th and Illinois streets, the project is expected to be completed in four 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.

On April 4, the contractor continued the sewer work, now working in the center of Illinois Street and opening the roadway starting at 18th and Illinois streets. General work hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction activity will not take place two hours before and two hours after SF Giants day games.

In order to conduct the work, parking on both sides including along the historical Crane Cove Park fence (east side of Illinois Street) will be removed, 24 hours, 7 days a week, from 18th to 19th and Illinois streets for the duration of the project (approximately until July 2017).

Traffic lanes traveling both north and south will remain open and there will be flaggers posted to help direct traffic. The northbound bike lane will be converted to a shared roadway. Expect minor delays when traveling around and through the construction area.

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

The entire sewer work will take approximately two to three months to complete.

For project details or to sign up to receive project updates, please visit:

https://www.sfmta.com/missionbayloop.

ONGOING:  7th Street and 8th Street Safety Projects

Now through May:  The 7th Street and 8th Street Safety Projects aim to improve safety and comfort for all who travel in the neighborhood. These projects will implement protected bikeways, transit boarding islands, intersection daylighting, ADA curb ramps, a road-diet on 7th Street and loading zones as part of parking management. Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to be completed in May. General work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction for transit boarding islands will take place on Fridays after 7 p.m. and weekends from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Construction began on March 3 with construction of transit boarding islands on 8th Street at Folsom and Harrison streets.

Traffic/Transit Impact

  • At times, there may be temporary intersection or lane closures as crews perform work resulting in possible travel delays. Please plan to allow for extra travel time during construction due to possible delays.
  • Traffic will be routed around construction activity as necessary, but will not be detoured. Pedestrian pathways and access to driveways and commercial/residential buildings will be maintained at all times.
  • Bus stops may be temporarily relocated nearby as construction crews work on the road and will be restored to its original location.  The 19 Polk bus stop on 7th Street at Mission Street will move permanently from the near side to the far side of the intersection.
  • To accommodate the protected bikeway configuration and transit boarding islands, a road-diet will permanently remove a travel lane on 7th Street. The road-diet will convert the existing 4-lane roadway to a 3-lane roadway. Intersections will have right turn pockets to help establish better lane assignments and manage conflicts. A similar road-diet was implemented on 8th Street in 2012.

For more project details, please visit sfmta.com/7thand8th.

ONGOING:  Polk Streetscape Project

The Polk Streetscape Project is an effort to create a safer, more vibrant corridor for all residents of San Francisco. In addition to increasing safety for everyone traveling on Polk Street, this project will incorporate new lighting, landscaping and street infrastructure. The project is anticipated to be completed in six segments, with construction taking approximately 24 months to complete. General work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Construction began on October 17 with sewer work on North Point Street, from Polk to Larkin streets.

San Francisco Public Works will be working to incorporate key safety, sewer and water utility infrastructure improvements and streetscape enhancements along Polk Street, from Beach to McAllister streets. Improvements also include: paving, ADA curb ramps installation, alleyway improvements, sidewalk bulb-outs and bus bulb-outs, traffic signal upgrades, street light upgrades and bicycle lane improvements.

Traffic/Transit Impact

  • At times, there may be temporary intersection or lane closures as crews perform work resulting in possible travel delays. Please plan to allow for extra travel time during construction due to possible delays.
  • Traffic will be routed around construction activity as necessary. Pedestrian pathways and access to driveways and commercial/residential buildings will be maintained at all times.

For more project details, please visit sfpublicworks.org/polk.

REMINDER:  Dolores Street Median Parking Rules and Enforcement

New Rule in Effect and Enforcement to Implement:  Starting Friday, April 21, it will be legal to park alongside Dolores Street center medians at specific times and locations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:

  • Fridays, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Dolores Street between Alert Alley and 16th Street, southbound only
  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Dolores Street between Alert Alley and 16th Street, southbound only
  • Sundays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Dolores Street between 14th and 18th streets, both northbound and southbound

The SFMTA is installing new signage and red curb paint on medians to ensure that drivers understand when and where they are permitted to park. Vehicles parked between medians and at the end of medians near intersections will be ticketed and may be towed.

SFMTA parking control officers will start enforcing the new parking rules. Weekend visitors at Dolores Park should take special note of the new signage and rules.

The new parking rules are part of the SFMTA’s Dolores Street Median Parking Pilot which formalizes median parking on Dolores Street for a period of 16 months. The purpose of the pilot is to increase the safety, clarity and fairness of median parking on Dolores Street.

To learn more about this pilot program, visit:
https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/dolores-street-median-parking-pilot

Upcoming Events

Cinco De Mayo Festival

Saturday, May 6:  The 13th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will take place in the Mission neighbourhood on Valencia Street between 21st and 24th streets.  The event hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For event details please visit http://mncsf.org/sfcincodemayo/.

More details to follow.

Athletic Association Event

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7:  The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

More details to follow.

How Weird Street Faire

Sunday, May 7:  The annual How Weird Street Faire will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Howard and 2nd streets.  Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in the area.  Event participants are encouraged to take public transportation to the event.

More details to follow.

Baseball Game Traffic Reroutes

Friday, May 11 through Tuesday, May 16:  The San Francisco Giants will play seven home games at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times for these games:

Four games against the Cincinnati Reds:  1)  7:15 p.m., Thursday, May 11; 2)  7:15 p.m., Friday, May 12; 3)  1:05 p.m., Saturday, May 13; and 4)  1:05 p.m., Sunday, May 14

Three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers:  1)  7:15 p.m., Monday, May 15; 2)  7:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 16; and 3)  12:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 17

Sunday Parking

On Sunday, May 14, parking meters in the Special Event Zone near AT&T Park will be enforced.

More details to follow.

Uncorked! SF Wine Festival

Saturday, May 13:  The 12th annual Uncorked! SF Wine Festival will be held at and around Ghirardelli Square from 1 to 5 p.m.

For event details, please visit http://www.sresproductions.com/events/uncorked-the-san-francisco-wine-festival/.

More details to follow.

Girls on the Run 5K

Sunday, May 14:  The annual Girls on the Run 5K will take place along southbound Lake Merced Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Brotherhood Way.  The run will start at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 11:30 a.m.  Post race festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lake Merced Sunset Parking Lot.

For event details, please visit http://www.gotrbayarea.org/race/51-spring-2017-girls-on-the-run-5k.

More details to follow.