SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Wednesday, August 24, 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 Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28, 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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Critical Mass

Friday, August 26:  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.

Baseball Games and Transportation Options

Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 and Next Tuesday, August 30 and Next Wednesday, August 31:  The San Francisco Giants will play five home games at AT&T Park.  Listed below are start times and teams for these games:

Three Games against the Atlanta Braves

  • 7:15 p.m., Friday, August 26
  • 6:05 p.m., Saturday, August 27
  • 1:05 p.m., Sunday, August 28

Two Games against the Arizona Diamonbacks

  • 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, August 30
  • 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 31

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.

Sunday Parking Enforcement

On Sunday, August 28, 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.


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:

K-Ingleside Bus Substitution

Sunday, August 28:  To install a temporary crossover in preparation for upcoming work, K-Ingleside rail service will be provided with bus substitution between West Portal and the Balboa Park stations. The K-Ingleside/T-Third Street metro service between West Portal and Sunnydale will not be impacted.

  • Passengers heading outbound toward Balboa Park from West Portal Station should board bus shuttles on West Portal Avenue and Uloa Street, in front of Squat and Gobble.
  • Passengers heading inbound from Balboa Park Station should board bus shuttles on San Jose Avenue at Geneva Avenue, in front of Crazy Pepper.

Temporary Bus Stop Adjustments

During construction customers travelling inbound from Balboa Park Station should board at temporary stops listed below:

  • San Jose and Geneva avenues, in front of Crazy Pepper
  • Ocean Avneue and Howth Street
  • Junipero Serra Boulevard and Ocean Avenue
  • West Portal Avenue and Sloat Boulevard

During construction customers travelling outbound from West Portal Station should board at temporary stops listed below:

  • West Portal and Uloa Street, in front of Squat and Gobble
  • Junipero Serra and Sloat boulevards
  • Junipero Serra Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, in front of Citibank
  • Ocean and Phelan avenues
  • Customer can board on the following bus routes from Ocean Avenue and Howth Street towards San Jose Avenue:  29 Sunset and 49 Van Ness/Mission

Bus Stop Relocation

The bus stop located westbound on Geneva Avenue between I-280 and San Jose Avenue has been temporarily relocated until Tuesday, August 30 to finalize the striping and red transit lanes.

  • 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

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

Sansome Street Improvement Project

The extension of southbound traffic lane designated for transit, taxis and commercial vehicles on Sansome Street from Washington Street to Broadway Street provides two-way service for the 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific Muni routes and save customers up to three minutes for each southbound trip is complete.  This project is part of Muni Forward Program designed to improve customers’ travel time and reliability:

  • The left northbound lane on Sansome Street between Washington and Broadway streets has been converted to a southbound traffic lane with restricted hours designated for use by certain vehicles:
    • Between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Daily:  Only buses, taxis, commercial vehicles and emergency vehicles are allowed.
    • Outside of those hours:  All vehicles are allowed.
  • Fifteen metered parking spaces on the west side of Sansome Street in the project area have been converted to commercial loading zones.

Since Saturday, August 13, Muni routes 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific travelling southbound no longer provide service on Battery Street between Broadway and Washington streets.  The route travels on the newly designated southbound transit lane on Sansome Street with the following stops:

  • Sansome Street at Jackson Street
  • Sansome Street at Broadway Street

Customers can contact muniforward@sfmta.com with questions on this project.

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:

Upcoming Events

BART Weekend Closures

The Weekend of September 3-5 (Labor Day Weekend):  As part of the regional track work around the BART system started earlier this year, BART stations between Daly City and Glen Park will be closed over seven weekends for vital repairs to their tracks and to add equipment for the reduction of noise from trains.

Below are subsequent closures:

  • September 17-18
  • October 1-2
  • October 15-16

During the shutdown, there will be free bus shuttle service available for customers:

  • SamTrans will provide free express shuttles between the Daly City and Glen Park stations.
  • Muni will provide free local shuttles between the three stations: Glen Park, Balboa Park and Daly City.

There will be signs and extra BART personnel on site to assist customers.  Travelers should allow extra time during these shutdowns.

While regular SamTrans and Caltrain service will be available as an alternative for travelers going to the Peninsula, customers may also use regular Muni paid service that connects with affected BART stations:

  • J-Church (from Balboa Park Station to Glen Park Station)
  • M-OceanView (from Balboa Park Station to Civic Center Station)
  • 14-Mission (from Daly City Station to 24th St. Station)
  • 14R-Mission Rapid (from Daly City Station to 24th Street Station)
  • 49-Van Ness/Mission (from Balboa Park Station to 24th St. Station)
  • 54-Felton (from Daly City Station to Balboa Park Station)

For more information, please check: https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2016/news20160615-2.