SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Thursday, August 17, 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, August 17 through next Wednesday, August 23, 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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Subway Closure for Testing of New Light-Rail Vehicles

Now through Sunday, August 20:  Muni’s new light-rail vehicles (LRVs) are undergoing testing inside the Muni Metro subway in preparation for adding these new state-of-art vehicles into service later this year.  The closure takes place every weeknight and all day during weekends.

During testing, Muni Metro subway train service between Montgomery and West Portal stations will not operate on 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 surface train service outside of Muni Metro.

Weeknights (Mondays through Fridays):  Muni Metro subway train service between Montgomery and West Portal stations will stop operating at 9:30 p.m.  Last train will depart between 9 and 9:30 p.m.  Muni shuttle 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 (Start of service on Saturdays until start of regular service on Mondays):  Muni Metro subway train service between West Portal and Montgomery stations will not operate throughout the weekend.  Muni shuttle 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.

Surface Shuttle Buses

Shuttle buses will stop at all Muni Shuttle Flag stops (with yellow half-moon flags), similar to F Line stops.  Muni customers should 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

Subway Closures 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, along with the critical train testing.

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

Baseball Games Transportation Options

Thursday, August 17 through next Wednesday, August 23:  The San Francisco Giants will play seven home games at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times for these games:

  • Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20:  Four games against the Philadelphia Phillies:  1)  7:15 p.m., Thursday; 2)  7:15 p.m., Friday; 3)  6:05 p.m., Saturday; and 4)  1:05p.m., Sunday.
  • Next week, Monday, August 21 through Wednesday, August 23:  Three games against the Milwaukee Brewers:  1)  7:15 p.m., Monday; 2)  7:15 p.m., Tuesday; and 3)  12:45p.m., Wednesday.

Muni Service to AT&T Park

Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20:  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.

Monday, August 21 through Wednesday, August 23:  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.

Buying Muni Tickets t get to AT&T Park

Muni Ticket Sales - In Person

Muni customers may purchase their fare in advance on-board vehicles and at any Muni ticket vending machine.

Muni customers can also 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.

Use of Clipper Card

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 event. 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.

Purchase Muni Fare using MuniMobile

Participants may 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.

Purchase Single Ride Muni Fare Electronically

Muni customers who purchase fares in advance using a Clipper® Card or 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.

Other Transportation to AT&T Park

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 Enforcement

On Sunday, August 20, 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.

Festa Coloniale Italiana

Saturday, August 19:  The annual Festa Coloniale Italiana will take place in the North Beach area along Stockton Street between Union and Filbert streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Stockton Street between Union and Filbert streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The 39-Coit Muni route will be affected.

Sunday Streets - Tenderloin

Sunday, August 20:  The sixth 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://sundaystreetssf.com/season-schedule/tenderloin082017/.

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
  • East 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.

CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES

NEW:  Construction Project in Treasure Island

Monday, August 21 through Sunday, September 3:  Contractor will conduct construction work beginning Monday, August 21 on Treasure Island.

The following street closures will be required during the course of construction:

  • Avenue H between California Avenue and 3rd Street
  • Avenue H between 9th and 13th streets

The 25 Treasure Island Muni route will be rerouted during all hours of service.

NEW:  255 Fremont Street Construction Project

Saturday August 19:  Contractor will conduct construction for a new development at 255 Fremont Street.

Northbound Fremont Street between Folsom Street and I-80 Off-Ramp will be closed to vehicular traffic. Traffic will be detoured in the surrounding areas. There will be no impact to Fremont Street I-80 Off-Ramp traffic.  Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

UPDATE:  Van Ness Improvement Project

Friday, August 18 to Saturday, August 19:  Evening work is scheduled from approximately 10 p.m., Friday to 6 a.m., Saturday to remove existing traffic stripping and delineate new lanes. This will occur on Van Ness Avenue between Grove and Bush streets as well as from Washington to Lombard streets.

The SFMTA is planning to develop work zones for upcoming utility work on Van Ness Avenue. This planning work will create two construction zones:

  • Southbound on Van Ness Avenue from Sutter to McAllister streets
  • Northbound from Jackson to Lombard streets

These work areas that are being created will be approximately five feet from the building line to approximately the center of the roadway.

To make space for these construction zones, traffic lanes will be shifted in late August, parking will temporarily be relocated, sidewalk widths will be reduced and bus stops will be reconfigured.  Project staff is reaching out directly to businesses and residents on blocks that are impacted by these changes.

The Van Ness Improvement Project is a civic improvement project will bring San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. To maximize the benefits of construction, the City will also be replacing major utilities including water, sewer and emergency firefighting water systems.  Work will also be done to repave Van Ness Avenue, enhance streetlights and landscaping, and install new sidewalk lighting and rain gardens.

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

UPDATE:  Central Subway Project

Sewer replacement and roadway restoration work is underway on 4th Street between Bryant and King streets.  Traffic reroutes remain in effect for the next several weeks.  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.  Sewer replacement work has resumed at 4th and Howard streets, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  A 24/7 lane closure is now in place on the west side of 4th Street just south of Howard intersection.  Two through lanes are in place southbound 4th Street.

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

ON-GOING:  BART’S Major Escalator Repair at Montgomery Station

Now until Further Notice:  Since Monday, July 24 crews from BART has been conducting 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.

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.

Since early April, the contractor has been working on the sewer infrastructure within the center of Illinois Street 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: Since May SFMTA crews have been 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 are expected to last for about four months beginning in May.

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 and Construction Project

NEW:  Inner Sunset Streetscape Improvement and Muni Forward Project

To support the construction of the Inner Sunset Streetscape Improvement Project and the completion of Sunset Tunnel seismic retrofit, bus substitution for the N Judah line will be required from Church and Duboce streets to Ocean Beach for four weekend periods starting after Labor Day.

The first two weekend shutdowns are set:

  • Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, September 8 through start of service, Monday, September 11
  • Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, September 15 through start of service, Monday, September 18

Two more shutdowns are planned for this fall, dates to be decided.

During the tunnel closure, N Judah train service will operate from Church and Duboce streets to 4th and King streets.  Shuttle buses will be rerouted to Frederick Street and Lincoln Way between Carl Street and 7th Avenue, making stops at 7 Haight/Noriega stops.

The project is a partnership between the SFMTA and the San Francisco Public Works (SFPW) to add streetscape amenities to the proposed transit bulb-outs in the area.  The streetscape designs will enhance the beauty and walkability of the neighborhoods along the N Judah line from Cole Valley to 19th Avenue and to improve performance of the N Judah as part of Muni Forward program.

For more project details, visit https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/inner-sunset-streetscape-improvement-project.

Baseball Games

Thursday, August 31 through Sunday, September 3:  The San Francisco Giants will play four home games at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times for these games:

  • Thursday, August 31 through Sunday, September 3:  Four games against the St. Louis Cardinals:  1)  7:15 p.m., Thursday, August 31; 2)  7:15 p.m., Friday, September 1; 3)  1:05 p.m., Saturday, September 2 and 4)  1:05p.m., Sunday, September 3.

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.

More details of transportation options to follow.