SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Wednesday, October 19, 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 Saturday, October 22 through Sunday, October 23, 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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For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

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Wharf Fest

Saturday, October 22:  The annual Wharf Fest and Chowder Competition will take place at Pier 43, Jefferson and Taylor, and on Little Embarcadero between Taylor and Powell from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more event details, please visit http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/events/wharf-fest.

A street closure of Little Embarcadero between Powell and Taylor streets will be required from 1 a.m. to midnight, Saturday.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Superhero Street Fair

Saturday, October 22:  The Superhero Street Fair will take place on Napoleon Street between Jerrold and Evans streets from noon until 10 p.m.

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

A street closure of Napoleon Street between Jerrold and Evans streets will be required from 7 a.m., Saturday to 1 a.m., Sunday.

There will be no impact on Muni service.

Golden Gate Rugby Club West Coast Sevens

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23:  The finest college rugby 7s team competition will take place at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby on Treasure Island from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day, Saturday and Sunday.

For more event details, please visit:


Muni route 25 Treasure Island will be affected.

Bayview LIVE

Saturday, October 22:  The Bayview LIVE Music-Tech-Arts festival is a new event that will take place on Egbert Avenue between 3rd and Jennings streets from noon to 7 p.m.

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

A street closure of Egbert Avenue between 3rd and Jennings streets will be required from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday.

There will be no impact on Muni service.


NEW:  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.

Monday, October 17:  Starting the week of October 17, construction began 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.

ONGOING:  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 December 2016.  Temporary impacts include:

Beginning September 6, Tuesday, the K-Ingleside and J Church Muni lines have been temporarily re-routed for approximately four months.

Temporarily Change to K-Ingleside Rail Service:

  • The first and last stop for both inbound and outbound travel will be at the City College Pedestrian Bridge on Ocean Avenue
  • There will be 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 Phelan bus loop 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.

Temporarily Change to J-Church Rail Service:

  • Both inbound and outbound service will be on San Jose Avenue

Customers travelling inbound should board at the temporary stop in the southeast corner of San Jose Avenue and Geneva Avenue, 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)

Sidewalk Closure:

The sidewalk on the west side of San Jose Avenue, between Geneva Avenue and Ocean Avenue, will be closed for construction for approximately one month. Please use the east sidewalk on the other side.

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

ONGOING:  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:


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NEW:  Van Ness Improvement Project

This civic improvement project will bring San Francisco its 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.

Project benefits include more reliable and efficient public transit with shorter travel times, safety enhancements for people walking and driving, and reduced vulnerability and increased reliability for our utility systems.

Monday, October 24:  The roadway will be prepared for construction starting the week of October 24.

Traffic/Transit Impact

  • The bus stop on southbound Van Ness Avenue at Vallejo Street will be temporarily relocated at Green Street.
  • The left turns on southbound Van Ness Avenue at Broadway will be adjusted to two dedicated left turn lanes (from a dedicated left turn lane and a permissive left/southbound lane).
  • Left turn lanes at all intersections from Van Ness Avenue will be eliminated in November with the following exceptions:
    • Southbound at Broadway
    • Northbound at Lombard Street
    • Northbound at Hayes Street (until April 2017)

Motorists currently making left turns from Van Ness Avenue are advised to test new routes before the left turns are eliminated.

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

Ghost Ship Atlantis

Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29:  The annual Ghost Ship Halloween event will take place at Pier 70.  Event hours will be from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., each night, Friday and Saturday.

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

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

Critical Mass

Friday, October 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.

Inner Sunset Sundays

Sunday, October 30:  The Inner Sunset Sundays will take place on Irving Street from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more event details, please visit http://www.issundays.org/2016-events/.

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


Monday, October 31:  The SFMTA will provide regular Muni service for Halloween. Transit customers and motorists may experience delays and should allow extra travel time.

While no street closures have been planned in the Castro/Noe/Mission areas, San Francisco police officers will monitor pedestrian and automobile traffic for any necessary public safety street closures.

Festival of Altars and Day of the Dead Procession

Wednesday, November 2:  The annual celebration of Festival of Altars and Day of the Dead Procession will take place in the Mission District.  Staging of Day of the Dead procession will begin on Bryant Street and the Festival of Altars will take place in the Garfield Park from 6 to 11 p.m.

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

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

Bay Area Science Festival - Annual Discovery Day

Saturday, November 5:  The 6th annual Discovery Day will take place at AT&T Park.  Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more event details, please visit:


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

Golden Gate Half Marathon

Sunday, November 6:  The Golden Gate Half Marathon will commence from Aquatic Park.  The 5K course will take runners across the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Aquatic Park. The race will begin at 7 a.m.

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

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