SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this holiday weekend, from Friday, May 27 through next Monday, May 30, 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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Memorial Day Muni Schedule and Parking Enforcement

Monday, May 30 (Memorial 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 (i.e. double parking, 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
  • Along The Embarcadero Roadway
  • In the Special Event Area around AT&T Park
  • Five metered off-street parking facilities listed below:
    • 8th Avenue at Clement Street
    • 9th Avenue at Clement Street
    • Geary Boulevard at 21st Avenue
    • 18th Avenue at Geary Boulevard
    • Pierce Street Garage (between Lombard and Chestnut streets)

San Francisco State University Commencement at AT&T Park

Friday, May 27:  San Francisco State University’s 2016 Commencement will be held at AT&T Park. The ceremony will begin at around 6:30 p.m. and conclude with fireworks at around 9:30 p.m.  Gates will open at 3 p.m.  An attendance of 35,000 is expected.

Motorists are advised to avoid the increased congestion in downtown San Francisco and to avoid using the Bay Bridge in the two hours before and after the ceremony.  Use of public transit, taxi, bicycles or walking is recommended.

Heavy traffic is expected in and around AT&T Park.  Those who choose to drive should allow extra travel time.

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 Metro train service to the existing M Ocean View line to the ballpark.

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

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/destinations/att-park.

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

Carnaval Festival

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29:  The 38th annual Carnaval Festival will take place in the Mission District, on Harrison Street from 16th Street to 24th Street. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

For more event details, please visit www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org.

The following closures will begin at 7 p.m., Friday and continue through 2 a.m., Monday:

  • Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets
  • 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd  and Mariposa streets between Treat Avenue and Alabama Street
  • 19th , 20th and 21st streets between Alabama and Folsom streets
  • Treat Avenue between 16th and 21st streets
  • Mistral Street between Harrison Street and Treat Avenue
  • Intersections:
    • Harrison Street at Mariposa, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and Mistral, streets
    • Treat Avenue at 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and Mistral streets

Temporary Taxi Stand

There will be a temporary taxi stand with five spaces available at the corner of 16th and Harrison streets during the event hours.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Carnaval Parade

Sunday, May 29:  The Carnaval Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. The staging area for the parade will be on Bryant Street between 18th and Cesar Chavez streets. Assembly for the parade will begin at 5 a.m. and the parade will finish by 4 p.m.

The parade will proceed west on 24th Street from Harrison Street, north on Mission Street and east on 17th Street to the dispersal area along 17th Street, South Van Ness Avenue and 15th Street.

Cross traffic along Bryant Street where parade staging will be allowed until 9 a.m.

Streets will be opened to traffic after the parade passes.

No public parking will be available for this event. Event and parade participants are encouraged to take public transportation.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 12 Folsom/Pacific
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 27 Bryant
  • 33 Ashbury/18th
  • 48 Quintara-24th Street
  • 49 Van Ness/Mission
  • 67 Bernal Heights

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 November 2016.  Temporary impacts include:

Bus Stop Relocation:  To complete sidewalk widening, the bus stop located westbound on Geneva Avenue between I-280 and San Jose Avenue has been temporarily relocated until Thursday, June 30.

  • Customers riding the following Muni routes will board from the temporary stop on Geneva Avenue at San  Jose Avenue:
    • 28R 19th Avenue Rapid
    • 8BX Bayshore B Express
    • 43 Masonic
    • 54 Felton
    • 88 BART Shuttle
    • 91-Owl

Pedestrian Pathways:

  • The sidewalk on the south side of Ocean Avenue near the Muni Metro Yard parking entrance has been partially closed to construct upgraded curb ramps. An accessible pathway has been provided around the work area.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Geneva Avenue, between I-280 and San Jose Ave has been partially closed for sidewalk widening. An alternative accessible pathway is provided around the work area.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Ocean Avenue between Howth Street and Balboa Park BART Station is closed to pedestrians for curb ramp and flashing beacon work. Pedestrians are being detoured to the south side of Ocean Avenue.

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. Postings about the construction will be posted around the project area. Construction is anticipated to complete within 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.

Double Stopping Helps Muni Metro Customers Get off the Train Faster

The SFMTA has implemented double stopping at Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center stations. The new feature, operated by an integrated computer system, allows two trains to stop on the same platform at the same time and open the doors. When two trains arrive at the same platform, the following things will happen:

  • Train 1 will pull into the front of the platform to let customers on and off.
  • Train 2 will pull in behind Train 1, allowing customers to get off the train immediately.
  • As Train 1 leaves the station, Train 2 pulls forward to allow customers to board.

For safety purposes, customers should board on train when it pulls to the front of the platform.

This feature occurs at times of heavy congestion, mostly during morning commute peak hours.

Upcoming Construction & Event

Union Street Festival

Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5:  The 40th annual Union Street Festival will take place on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day. For more details, please visit http://www.unionstreetfestival.com/index.html.

More details of street closures and Muni service impact to follow.

Statuto Race

Sunday, June 5:  The 96th annual Statuto Race will begin at 9 a.m. in North Beach. This race consists of an 8K-run and a two-mile walk.

For more event details, please visit http://www.active.com/san-francisco-ca/running/distance-running-races/96th-annual-statuto-5-mile-race-and-2-mile-walk-2016.

More details of street closures and Muni service impact to follow.

Sikh Parade and Festival

Sunday, June 5:  The Sikh Parade will take place along Market Street, and the festival will be held in the Civic Center Plaza.

Starting at 9 a.m., the parade units will gather along 2nd Street between Market and Howard streets.  Cross traffic will be allowed on Mission Street during staging.

At 11 a.m., the parade will move west along Market Street to McAllister Street, then proceed south on Larkin Street and enter the Civic Center Plaza from the Larkin Street side where the parade will disband and the festival will begin.

To ensure traffic delays are minimal, San Francisco Police Officers will be present to control traffic and will close the street when necessary.  Traffic will resume as soon as the parade units pass and street is cleaned by the SF Public Works personnel.  Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

Baseball Games and Transportation Options

Tuesday, June 7 through Wednesday, June 8:  The San Francisco Giants will play two home games against the Boston Red Sox at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times for these games:

  • 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 7
  • 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 8

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.

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.