SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Thursday, July 20, 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, Thursday, July 20 through next Wednesday, July 26, 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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Subway Closure for Testing of New Light-Rail Vehicles

Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, August 20:  Muni’s new light-rail vehicles (LRVs) will undergo testing inside the Muni Metro subway in preparation for adding these new state-of-art vehicles in service later this year.  The closure is scheduled to begin this Saturday.

During testing, Muni Metro between Montgomery and West Portal stations will be closed to train service at weeknights, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and will be completely closed on weekends.  Bus shuttles will run between Embarcadero Station and Saint Francis Circle.  There will be train service outside of Muni Metro.

Weeknights (Mondays through Fridays):  Muni Metro service between Montgomery and West Portal stations will be closed at 9:30 p.m.  Last train will depart between 9 and 9:30 p.m.  Regular Muni buses will operate between Embarcadero Station and Saint Francis Circle from 9 p.m.  Shuttles will stop at all Muni Shuttle Flag stops (with yellow half-moon flags).

Weekends (8 a.m. Saturdays through Start of Regular Service, Mondays):  Muni Metro service between West Portal and Montgomery stations will be closed throughout the weekend.  Regular Muni buses will operate between Embarcadero Station and Saint Francis Circle throughout the weekend.

For weekends only, there will be additional shuttle buses running between Embarcadero and Church/Duboce.

Shuttle buses will stop at all Muni Shuttle Flag stops (with yellow half-moon flags).  Please allow for more travel time on the shuttles.

During subway shutdowns, surface train service will be in operation:

  • J Church:  From Balboa Park Station to Church/Duboce (trains will continue as N Judah trains towards Ocean Beach)
  • K Ingleside:  Between Saint Francis/Sloat and Balboa Park
  • L Taraval:  From SF Zoo to West Portal Ave/Ulloa (trains will continue as M Ocean View trains towards San Jose/Geneva)
  • M Ocean View:  From San Jose/Geneva to West Portal Ave/Ulloa (trains will continue as L Taraval trains towards SF Zoo)
  • N Judah:  From Ocean Beach to Church/Duboce (trains will continue as J Church trains towards Balboa Park Station)
  • T Third: Between Embarcadero Station and Sunnydale

During Giants Baseball Game Days:

There are several Giants games scheduled during the testing period. On weekday evening games, Muni Metro will operate outbound trains from the ballpark for approximately 90 minutes after the games. Customers can exit the stations only.  On weekend games, Muni Metro will operate additional trains from the Ballpark to the Embarcadero Station only.  Customers needing service to destinations beyond Embarcadero Station should transfer to a shuttle bus on Market at Spear Street.

While closures are in place, the SFMTA will also conduct maintenance work in the subway tunnel.

For more details of service of surface trains and bus shuttles, please visit www.sfmta.com/newtrains.

During Outside Lands Music Festival:

Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13:  To accommodate heavy ridership during the annual Outside Lands event, there will be no subway shutdown this weekend.  Muni will provide regular Metro subway service to transport event participants to and from the event.

Baseball Games Transportation Options

Thursday, July 20 through next Wednesday, July 26:  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 San Diego Padres:  1)  7:15 p.m., Thursday; 2)  7:15p.m., Friday; 3)  1:05 p.m., Saturday; and 4)  1:05 p.m., Sunday.

Three games against the Pittsburg Pirates:  1)  7:15 p.m., Monday, July 24; 2)  7:15p.m., Tuesday, July 25; and 3)  12:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 26.

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

Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, August 20 (Except Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13):  There will be NO subway service at night after 9:30 p.m. and no weekend service between Montgomery and West Portal stations.

On weekday evening games, Muni Metro will operate outbound trains from the ballpark for approximately 90 minutes after the games. Customers can exit the stations only.  On weekend games, Muni Metro will operate additional trains from the Ballpark to the Embarcadero Station only.  Customers needing service to destinations beyond Embarcadero Station should transfer to a shuttle bus on Market at Spear Street.

For more details of service of surface trains and bus shuttles, please visit www.sfmta.com/newtrains.

For all other times and days, 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-In Person

Muni customers can purchase one-way Muni transfers 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.

Single Ride Muni Fare-Electronic

Muni customers who purchase fares in advance using a Clipper® Card or to use the official SFMTA app, MuniMobile, can save 25 cents per trip.  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.

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, 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 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, July 23, 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.

March on Market Street

Saturday, July 22:  Beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, a group will gather at Union Square with a march to start between 10 and 10:30 a.m. heading towards UN Plaza via Market Street.

The following street closures may be required between 10 a.m. and Noon:

  • Powell Street from Post to Market streets
  • Market Street from 5th Street to UN Plaza (Outbound Lanes Only)

During the street closures, outbound Muni buses will be re-routed to Mission Street.  Inbound lanes on Market Street will remain open.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:  Powell-Mason Cable Car; Powell-Hyde Cable Car; F Market & Wharves; 5 Fulton; 6 Parnassus; 7 Haight/Noriega; 9 San Bruno; 21 Hayes; 31 Balboa and LRV4 Metro Shuttle.

San Francisco Marathon

Sunday, July 23: The annual San Francisco Marathon will begin from The Embarcadero and Mission Street at 5:30 a.m., with staggered starts from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. The race route will loop north along The Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina into the Presidio, and south through the outer Richmond District on 25th Avenue.  The race will continue through Golden Gate Park, and then through the Haight, crossing Market Street at Guerrero, and then to continue through the Mission District primarily on 16th Street into Mission Bay.  The route will go under I-280 at Mariposa Street, then South on Indiana to 22nd Street, back along 3rd Street to Terry Francois and then back to The Embarcadero.  An attendance of up to 20,000 runners is expected.

For more event details, please visit http://www.thesfmarathon.com/.

This will be a large citywide running event.  Traffic in the area will be affected as soon as the race begins.  The following are travel options to cross the marathon route:

East/West Travel

  • Richmond District:  all streets with exceptions of Lake Street and El Camino de Mar
  • Dogpatch:  18th and 20th Street

North/South Travel

  • Great Highway
  • 19th Avenue
  • Steiner Street
  • Fillmore Street
  • Valencia Street
  • Mission Street
  • South Van Ness Avenue
  • Folsom Street (from 15th to 17 streets)
  • Bryan Street
  • Potrero Avenue
  • Kansas Street
  • De Haro Street

Travelers should expect transit and travel delays due to street closures during the race and crowds of racers and spectators both before and after the race. The race will begin at 5:30 a.m. and conclude in the early afternoon.

Various additional street closures will be required between 5 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. throughout the race route including in the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Additional detail of race day traffic advisory with suggested detours can be found at http://www.thesfmarathon.com/race-weekend/race-traffic-advisory/.

Affected Muni Line and Routes

During the street closures, the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:  E Embarcadero; F Market; K Ingleside (AM Bus); K/T Ingleside/Third Street; M Ocean View; N Judah; N Judah (AM Bus); T Third Street (AM Bus); 1 California; 5 Fulton; 6 Haight-Parnassus; 7 Haight/Noriega; 8 Bayshore; 9 San Bruno; 10 Townsend; 12 Folsom/Pacific; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 19 Polk; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 27 Bryant; 28 19th Avenue; 29 Sunset; 31 Balboa; 33 Ashbury/18th; 37 Corbett; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 39 Coit; 43 Masonic; 44 O’Shaughnessy; 47 Van Ness; 48 Quintara/24th Street; 49 Van Ness/Mission; 55 16th Street; and 76X Marin Headlines Express.

F MarketRegular buses will run between Don Chee Way and Fisherman’s Wharf

43 MasonicThere will be NO service between Fort Mason and the Golden Gate Bridge from beginning of service until 10 a.m.

28 19th Avenue & 29 SunsetThere will be NO service to Baker Beach until 10 a.m.

E EmbarcaderoWill operate between The Embarcadero/Bay Street and 4th/King Street

Muni Subway Service will Operate as a Muni Bus Shuttle Due to Subway Closure

Muni Metro service between West Portal and Montgomery stations will be closed throughout the weekend due to the testing of the new trains:

  • Regular Muni buses will operate between Embarcadero Station and Saint Francis Circle.  Please allow for additional travel time on the bus shuttles.
  • Additional shuttle buses will be running between Embarcadero and Church/Duboce.  Please allow for additional travel time on the bus shuttles.
  • Shuttles buses will stop at all Muni Shuttle Flag stops (with yellow half-moon flags).

For more information, please see above or visit www.sfmta.com/newtrains.

Muni customers should expect delays for shuttle buses as the race crosses Market Street.

Taxi Service

Between 12:01 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, there will be temporary taxi stands for the event will at the following locations:

  • Clay Street between Drumm and Davis streets
  • North side of Drumm Street (Six Spots Only)

CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES

NEW:  245 First Street Construction Project

Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 23: Contractor will conduct construction for a new development at 245 First Street.

The following street closures will be required from 7 p.m., Saturday to 11 a.m., Sunday:

  • Folsom Street between 1st and Fremont streets
  • 1st Street between Howard and Folsom streets will be reduced to one lane of southbound vehicular traffic

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Motorists travelling in or through the area are advised to allow extra travel time.

NEW:  BART’S Major Escalator Repair at Montgomery Station

Monday, July 24 until Further Notice:  Crews from BART will conduct repair work on street-level escalator at the station entrance at Market and 2nd streets.  The work is estimated to continue until mid-October.

During the course of this repair work, BART/Muni station entrance at Market and 2nd streets will be closed.

BART will be upgrading more escalators throughout the system with completion scheduled for 2018.

For more information, please visit http://www.bart.gov/stations/escalators.

UPDATE:  Central Subway Project

Sewer replacement, roadway restoration, and track welding work is underway on 4th Street between Bryant and King streets.  Traffic reroutes remain in effect for the next several weeks.  Repaving work at 4th and Townsend streets may affect traffic patterns.  Some night work may occur on 4th Street between Bryant and King streets between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the next two weeks.

Sewer and water supply infrastructure replacement work continues at 4th and Folsom streets, Monday through Friday, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. During these work hours southbound 4th Street will be reduced to one lane and eastbound Folsom Street will be reduced to two lanes.

Night time closure of Ellis Street between Powell and Stockton streets continues 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.

The 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

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 is underway. 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 July and repairs to the existing roadway are ongoing.

There will be no active construction work this weekend.

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

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 aim 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.

The J-Church Rail Service remains rerouted until construction project is complete in Fall 2017.  The K Ingleside Line has resumed its normal route.

Temporary Change:  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 approximately 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 November 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.  Sewer work is scheduled to be completed by August 2017.

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

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

ONGOING:  Fuel Tank Replacement at Muni Kirkland Bus Yard

Now until further notice: SFMTA crews are working to replace two underground fuel tanks at Muni’s Kirkland Bus Yard in Fisherman’s Wharf.

This replacement project will bring the tanks up to code, improve safety and make fueling faster and more efficient.

During construction:

  • The streetcar stop at Beach and Stockton streets has been relocated from the southwest corner to the southeast corner.  The closest wheelchair accessible stop is at Beach and Mason streets.  The following Muni lines are affected:  1)  E Embarcadero and 2)  F Market & Wharves;
  • A sidewalk closure is required on the south side of Beach Street between Powell and Stockton streets.

The stop relocation and sidewalk closure is expected to last for three months.

For project details, visit sfmta.com/kirklandtanks.

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.

Upcoming Events

Critical Mass

Friday, July 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.

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt Concert at AT&T Park

Saturday, July 29:  James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt along with their bands, will make their first-ever appearance at AT&T Park.  The event will begin at 7 p.m.

For more event details, please visit http://giantsenterprises.com/gevent/james-taylor-and-bonnie-raitt/.

Muni Subway Service will Operate as a Muni Bus Shuttle Due to Subway Closure

Muni Metro service between West Portal and Montgomery stations will be closed throughout the weekend due to the testing of the new trains:

  • Regular Muni buses will operate between Embarcadero Station and Saint Francis Circle.
  • Additional shuttle buses will be running between Embarcadero and Church/Duboce.
  • Shuttles buses will stop at all Muni Shuttle Flag stops (with yellow half-moon flags).
  • Muni Metro will operate outbound trains from the ballpark for approximately 90 minutes after the event.  Customers can exit the stations only.
  • Muni Metro will operate additional trains from the Ballpark to the Embarcadero Station only.
  • Muni customers needing service to destinations beyond Embarcadero Station should transfer to a shuttle bus on Market at Spear Street.

Please allow additional travel time on the bus shuttles.

For more information, please see above or visit:
https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/new-muni-trains.

Up Your Alley Fair

Sunday, July 30: The Up Your Alley Street Fair will be held in the South of Market area between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For event details, please visit https://www.folsomstreetevents.org/up-your-alley/.

More details of street closures and transportation option to follow.

Outside Lands Music Festival

Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13:  The Outside Lands Music Festival will be held in Golden Gate Park from noon to 10 p.m., each day.  An attendance of 60,000 participants is expected each day. For more event details, please visit http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/.

Muni Subway Service Will Resume This Weekend

To accommodate heavy ridership during the annual Outside Lands Music Festival, there will be NO subway shutdown.  Muni will provide regular Metro subway service to transport event participants to and from the event throughout this weekend.

More details of street closures and transportation options to follow.