SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory
Wednesday, February 3, 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 Thursday, February 4 through Sunday, February 7, 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.

For real-time updates during the week, follow us on www.twitter.com/sfmta_muni or visit http://www.sfmta.com/signup to sign up for real-time text messages or email alerts.

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.

SUPER BOWL 50 EVENTS

Saturday, January 30 through Sunday, February 7 (Closures in effect through February 12):  Super Bowl 50 is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area with activities taking place across the region. The SFMTA is working with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, regional transportation partners, City and community leaders to ensure that residents, commuters and visitors can get where they are going safely, securely and with minimal disruptions during the Super Bowl festivities.

The Super Bowl will be played in Santa Clara, but many Super Bowl 50 activities will take place in San Francisco. A million visitors are expected. Whether you are visiting, working or a resident, prepare for longer travel times.  Event organizers encourage all participants to take transit, bike or walk where they need to go.  No matter how you choose to travel, please plan ahead and know your options before you go.

More details are available at sfmta.com/SB50.

Customers using Bay Area public transportation systems are strongly encouraged to purchase their fares in advance or use Clipper® Card to attend Super Bowl activities. 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 Card on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

Muni customers may also use MuniMobile, an official SFMTA app, which lets customer buy tickets for Muni bus, rail, cable car, and paratransit services on their iPhone and Android devices. Tickets can be purchased instantly through a credit/debit card or PayPal account and can be activated for one or multiple riders on one smartphone. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time before the Super Bowl crowds and activated when customers are ready to ride.

Super Bowl City in Downtown

Super Bowl City is a free-to-the-public fan village taking place in downtown San Francisco along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. Super Bowl City will be open for nine days from Saturday, January 30 to Sunday February 7.

Street Closures and Transit Reroutes A Week Before, During and A Week After Super Bowl City

Saturday, January 23 through Friday, February 12:  Super Bowl 50 festivities that take place at Justin Herman Plaza will require the following street closures beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday, January 23 and through 8 p.m., Friday, February 12.  Closures will be required for a week after the Super Bowl to allow for safe tear down of Super Bowl City.

Closures will facilitate the set up and take down for the event.  Closures affect transit, motor vehicles, commercial deliveries, pedestrian and bicycles:

  • Market Street between Beale and Steuart streets
  • Southbound Embarcadero between Washington Street and Don Chee Way
  • Steuart Street between Market Street and Don Chee Way
  • Spear and Main streets between Market and Mission streets
  • Intersections of Main, Spear, Drumm, and Steuart streets at Market Street

The following Muni routes will be affected by the street closures from January 23 through February 12.  Most routes listed below will terminate within two to three blocks of regular downtown terminal.  To review specific changes to your route, check out sfmta.com/SB50:

  • E Embarcadero**
  • F Market*
  • 1AX California Express
  • 1BX California Express
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 5 Fulton
  • 5R Fulton Rapid
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 7 Haight/Noriega
  • 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid
  • 7X Noriega Express
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 9R San Bruno Rapid
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 14X Mission Express
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
  • 31AX Balboa Express
  • 31BX Balboa Express
  • 38 Geary
  • 38R Geary Rapid
  • 38AX Geary Express
  • 38BX Geary Express
  • 41 Union
  • 76X Marin Headlands Express
  • 81X Caltrain Express
  • 82X Levi Plaza Express
  • N-Owl
  • L-Owl
  • Metro shuttles

*F Market & Wharves Line will operate with buses on Market Street and with streetcars on The Embarcadero.  Customers wishing to connect from The Embarcadero to Market Street will need a transfer between a bus and a streetcar at Don Chee Way and Steuart Street.

**The weekends only E Embarcadero streetcar service will not operate on the following weekends:  1)  January 23-24; 2)  January 30-31 and 3)  February 6-7.

SB50 Muni Service Map: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-Muni%20-1.13.16.pdf

Supplemental Muni Services

SFMTA will provide supplemental Muni Metro shuttle service after the concerts in Super Bowl City to get customers home on the following dates:

  • Saturday, January 30
  • Monday, February 1
  • Wednesday, February 3
  • Thursday, February 4
  • Friday, February 5
  • Saturday, February 6

Driving and Parking

Motorists are encouraged to find alternative forms of transportation in and around San Francisco during Super Bowl 50 activities. Take transit, bicycle or walk to the area. If you must drive, pack extra patience and expect crowded and congested driving conditions.

Parking will be restricted during Super Bowl 50 activities:

  • There will be no event parking
  • On-street parking near the event area will be restricted
  • Curb space (i.e. parking) will be very limited to make room for transit, emergency vehicles and event loading

For parking alternatives outside the Super Bowl City zone, check out city parking page.

Auto Detours Map: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-AutoBike%20-1.13.16.pdf

Paratransit

Private cars will not be allowed within the Super Bowl City perimeter on or beyond streets that are closed. Paratransit vehicles and taxis will have access to “transit only” lanes and access to these zones beyond street closures.

There will be Paratransit loading zones at the following locations:

  • Washington Street, north side, The Embarcadero to Drumm Street
  • Mission Street, south side, The Embarcadero to Steuart Street
  • Market Street, south side, existing cut-out between Fremont and Beale streets
  • California Street, south side, Davis to Front streets
  • 3rd Street, east side, existing loading zone north of Howard Street.

Taxis

Temporary taxi stands will be in place to serve customers traveling to and from the Super Bowl events. Stands will have signs posted indicating, “No Parking Taxis Only”:

  • California Street, south side, between Davis and Drumm streets
  • Steuart Street, west side, between Mission and Howard streets
  • Howard Street, north side, east of Third Street, to serve the Moscone Center

Auto Detours Map: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-AutoBike%20-1.13.16.pdf

Bicycles

A bicycle detour will be in place between The Embarcadero and Market Street is on 2nd street via Howard or Folsom Street. Due to the anticipated crowds, bicyclists should plan to walk bikes on the east sidewalk in front of the Ferry Building.

Bike Route Maps: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-AutoBike%20-1.13.16.pdf

Security and Safety Measures for Super Bowl City

Increased security measures will be in place for Super Bowl City that will limit access to the area streets.

Super Bowl City will be fenced off with security entrances. See list of Allowable and Prohibited items.

There will be four main public entrances – one on Market Street (just east of Beale/Davis) and three along The Embarcadero (at Washington, Harry Bridges Plaza and Don Chee Way).

Vehicle access will be available to closed streets only with Designated Passes:

  • Market Street from First to Beale streets will be open only to Paratransit, transit, taxis, commercial and local-access vehicle traffic with designated passes
  • Beale, Main, Spear, and Steuart streets, between Market and Mission streets, will be open only to vehicle traffic with designated passes
  • Beale, Main, Spear, and Steuart streets, between Mission and Howard, will be open only to Paratransit, transit, taxis, commercial and local-access vehicle traffic with designated passes
  • Mission Street between First and Steuart streets, will be open only to Paratransit, transit, taxis, commercial and local-access traffic with designated passes

Maps and Detour Details for Super Bowl City

There will be significant detour for all modes of transportation, check out for detour maps below:

SB50 Muni Service Changes:

https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-Muni%20-1.13.16.pdf

Pedestrian Map and Bicycle Detours, including Paratransit Zones:

https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-Ped%20Bike%20-1.15.16.pdf

Bike Routes and Auto Detours:

https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/2016/SB50-Map-AutoBike%20-1.13.16.pdf

Paratransit and Accessibility Details:

https://www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog/super-bowl-50-paratransit-and-accessibility-details

Other Key Events

NFL Experience at Moscone Center

Saturday, January 30 through Sunday, February 7:  NFL Experience is a ticketed fan theme experience taking place at Moscone Center.

There will be minimal street closures that are comparable to what occurs during other conferences at Moscone Center. These closures affect all modes except walking:

  • Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets
  • Two northernmost lanes on Howard Street between 4th and 5th streets

NFL Honors at Bill Graham Auditorium

Saturday, February 6:  NFL Honors Ceremony will take place at Bill Graham Auditorium from 2 to 7 p.m. and will require the following street closures:

From Friday, January 29 through Sunday, February 8:

  • Two traffic lanes on Hayes Street between Polk and Larkin streets
  • One traffic lane on Larkin Street between Grove and Hayes streets
  • Grove Street between Polk and Larkin streets
  • Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets (Parking spaces will remain available)

From 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, February 6:

  • Polk Street between McAllister and Hayes streets
  • Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street
  • Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets

The 21 Hayes Muni route will be affected, the stop at Larkin and Hayes streets will be closed from January 29 through February 8.

For specific details, go to sfmta.com/SB50.

Make sure to plan more time to reach your destination.

For the latest transit reroutes, auto detours and transportation plans, visit sfmta.com/SB50.

Download our guide to Getting Around During Super Bowl 50.

For regional trip planning, visit 511.org

For specific inquiries, please contact 311 or go to http://sf311.org/.

Metallica Concert at AT&T Park

Saturday, February 6:  A Metallica Concert will be held at AT&T Park. The event will take place from 7:30 to 11 p.m.  Gates will open at 6 p.m.

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 event.  Use of public transit, taxi, bicycles or walking is recommended.

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

Muni Ticket Sales

Metallica fans are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using 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 also provide a reciprocal single-ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. For more information on using Clipper Card on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

Metallica fans may also use MuniMobile, an official SFMTA app, which lets customer buy tickets for Muni bus, rail, cable car, and paratransit services on their iPhone and Android devices. Tickets can be purchased instantly through a credit/debit card or PayPal account and can be activated for one or multiple riders on one smartphone. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time before the event and activated when customers are ready to ride.

Customers may also purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station Muni Faregate east entrance three hours prior to the start time of the concert.

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King Streets. Transfers will be sold from 8 p.m. until 30 minutes after the concert.

Transfers will be valid for up to two hours after the end of event.

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.

Fans can also take a ferry to AT&T Park:

Taxi Service

Temporary taxi stands for the event will be in place from 6 p.m. until midnight at the following locations:

  • East side of 2nd Street between King and Townsend streets, 7 spaces
  • West side of 2nd street between King and Townsend streets, 2 spaces
  • West side of 2nd street between Townsend and Brannan streets, 5 spaces
  • West side of 3rd street between King and Townsend streets, 5 spaces

Concerts at Pier 70

Thursday, February 4 and Friday, February 5:  There will be concerts held at the Pier 70 venue.  Doors will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 9 p.m. on Friday.

Heavy traffic should be expected approaching 3rd and Illionois streets between Cesar Chavez Street to 16th Street. Use of public transit, taxi, bicycles or walking is recommended. Those who choose to drive should allow extra travel time.

A temporary taxi stand will be in place on Illinois between Humboldt and 23rd streets, to service Pier 70 events.

CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

There will be NO Sunset Tunnel construction work scheduled for this weekend.

N Judah rail service will continue to operate on its regular weekend schedule.

There will be three weekend shutdowns tentatively scheduled for this project:

  • Weekend of February 12-14
  • Weekend of February 26-28
  • Weekend of March 4-6

Additional shutdowns may be required.

The Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project includes track and infrastructure replacements inside the Sunset Tunnel, located between Cole Valley and Duboce Triangle, Transit Signal Priority (TSP) upgrades for nine intersections along the N Judah line and construction of two accessible platforms at Judah Street and 28th Avenue. The TSP work takes place concurrently with the Sunset Tunnel construction scheduled for weekends only. Construction of the accessible platforms at Judah Street and 28th Avenue was successfully completed in March 2015.

ONGOING:  Central Subway Construction

Now until Further Notice:  Central Subway construction work on Stockton Street in Union Square has resumed.

One traffic lane is open on Ellis Street between Powell and Stockton streets.

ONGOING:  Safer Market Street  - Turn Restrictions

Enforcement of turn restrictions on Market Street between 3rd and 8th streets has been in effect.  The Safer Market Street project supports the city’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by improving safety conditions and reducing conflicts for all road users.

Locations where turn restrictions are enforced are indicated on the turn restriction notice.

Note:  With the temporary reopening of Ellis Street to eastbound traffic, private vehicles are prohibited from turning onto Market Street from Ellis Street, instead cars will proceed straight onto 4th Street from Ellis Street. Muni, paratransit, bicycles, taxis, commercial and emergency vehicles are exempt from the turn restrictions.

For more project details, please visit https://www.sfmta.com/safermarketst.