SFMTA Transit and Traffic Advisory for Thursday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 6, 2023
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this holiday week, from Thursday, Aug. 31 through Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023.
For details of Muni re-routes, visit SFMTA.com/Updates. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
Following the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), masks are strongly recommended but no longer required in any SFMTA facilities, transit hubs or on vehicles including Muni buses, streetcars, light rail vehicles or cable cars or in taxis or on paratransit.
Labor Day Holiday Muni Service
Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day Holiday), Muni will operate on a Saturday schedule.
Parking Enforcement on Labor Day Holiday
Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day Holiday), parking meters (all meters including color capped), white zones, nightly street sweeping (street cleaning) and safety violations (no stopping, no parking, red and blue zones) will be enforced.
Other SFMTA parking programs will not be enforced:
- Residential Parking Permits (RPP) Zones
- General Parking Time Limits
- Weekday Daytime Street Sweeping (Street Cleaning)
- Commuter Shuttle Towaway Zones
- Unmetered Yellow and Green Zones
Vehicles creating a hazard and/or an unsafe condition (i.e. double parking, blocking a bike lane, 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 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
- On and near The Embarcadero roadway
- In the Special Event Area around Oracle Park and Chase Center
- 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)
Events at Chase Center
Friday, Sept. 1: Performance by the LL Cool J will take place at Chase Center. Show will begin at 8 p.m. with doors open at 7 p.m.
Supplemental Muni Service
- Muni will operate supplemental 78X Arena Express service:
- Pre-event express shuttle service from 16th Street BART Station to Chase Center will start two and a half hours before each game/event and will end one hour after game/event starts.
- Post-event express shuttle service from Chase Center on 16th Street to 16th Street BART Station will run until the area clears.
Special Event Parking Rates
During basketball games and other major events with more than 10,000 expected attendees at the arena, parking meters close to the arena will charge a special event rate of $10 per hour. These rates help reduce congestion and keep parking spots available in the neighborhoods near the arena, discouraging circling for free or cheap parking. Start times for special event rates vary based on the start time of the event. More information on special event parking regulations can be found on www.sfmta.com/special-event-parking.
To accommodate events that will take place at the arena, the following street closures will be enforced two hours before and one hour after each event:
- 16th Street between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Warriors Way between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Northbound 3rd Street between 16th Street and Warriors Way will also be closed approximately 30 minutes before and 45 minutes after an event.
- Only local access will be allowed on Northbound Illinois Street between Mariposa and 16th streets.
No Parking Zone
To facilitate loading and pick up for Muni customers and patrons, NO PARKING will be in effect at these locations during events:
- 16th Street between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Warriors Way between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Between the 500 and 700 blocks of Terry Francois Boulevard (TFB)
There is one taxi stand located on southbound Terry Francois Boulevard.
Ramp Taxis should use the loading zone on eastbound Warriors Way at Bridgeview Way.
Additional Passenger Loading
- 4th Street which connects to Chase Center via Gene Friend Way pedestrian path which cuts through UCSF campus.
- Owens Street connects to Chase Center via Gene Friend Way pedestrian path which cuts through UCSF campus.
For details about transportation to the Chase Center, including Muni service and connections from the Bay Area transit system to Muni, visit SFMTA.com/ChaseCenter.
SF Chinatown Car & Parade Weekend 2023
Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept 3: The Chinatown History and Culture Association, Chinese Herb Trade Association of America, BeChinatown and TPS Motorsports will host the SF Chinatown Car Weekend 2023 on Grant Avenue.
The following street closures will be required from 6 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3:
- Grant Avenue between California Street and Broadway
- Commercial Street between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street
There will be no impact on Muni service.
Monday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept 17: A street closure of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets will be required for the Dreamforce Convention.
Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Sept 14: The Salesforce Corporation will be holding its yearly Dreamforce Convention at the Moscone Center. Conference hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Registration will begin at 6 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11. An attendance of approximately 30,000 to 35,000 is expected at Moscone Center North, South and West. For more event details, visit https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/.
Significant traffic congestion is anticipated in and around Moscone Center between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily for the duration of the closure, particularly on streets immediately east of 3rd Street and on 4th Street between Market and Howard streets during mornings and afternoons. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or use alternate routes. There will be heavy pedestrian traffic in the area.
Howard Street traffic will be detoured via southbound 2nd Street to Harrison Street, or via New Montgomery Street to Hawthorne Street to either Folsom or Harrison streets.
There will be a signed bicycle detour for people on bikes on Howard Street to turn north at 2nd Street to Market Street. People on bikes who wish to stay on Howard Street will have the option to dismount at Howard and 3rd streets and walk their bicycle through the event along the north sidewalk.
Signage will be placed in advance of the street closures and detour routes.
Caltrans will activate electronic message signs on major freeways entering the city to notify motorists of the closures.
SFMTA Parking Control Officers and San Francisco Police Officers will be deployed at key intersections throughout the closures.
In addition to the full closure of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets, there will be lane closures on Folsom, Howard, 3rd and 4th streets.
There will be no impact on Muni service.
There will be temporary taxi stands for pick up and drop off only:
- Eastside of Third Street (northbound) between Howard and Minna streets
- Southside of Howard Street (westbound) between 4th and 5th streets
San Francisco Giant Race 2023
Sunday, Sept. 3: The 14th annual San Francisco Giants Race 10K and 5K run will take place. Both 10K and 5K course tours the scenic San Francisco waterfront and finish on the field at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The runs will start at 9 a.m. An estimated number of 10,000 runners is expected. For more event details, visit http://www.race-sfgiants.com/san-francisco.
The following street closures will be required:
From 11 p.m., Saturday, to 1 p.m., Sunday:
- 3rd Street between King and Channel streets
- King Street between 3rd and Townsend streets
From 4 to 1 p.m., Sunday:
- Jefferson Street between Jones Street and The Embarcadero
- Jones Street between Beach and Jefferson streets
- The Embarcadero between Townsend and Jefferson streets
- Beach Street between The Embarcadero and Jones Street
The following Muni lines and routes will be affected: Powell/Hyde Cable Car; F Market & Wharves; N Judah; N Owl; 39 Coit and N Judah Early Morning Shuttle.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
UPDATE: Muni’s Service Network
For details on Muni’s current routes and service, visit individual route webpages or the Muni Routes and Stops webpage.
Since Saturday, Aug. 19, the SFMTA added Muni service to ease crowding and help students get to school. This includes bringing back the 28R 19th Avenue Rapid and bus stop changes to the 29 Sunset to improve travel times.
- As part of the 29 Sunset Improvement Project, 11 stops have been removed in each direction on the 29 Sunset to improve reliability and make the 29 quicker. The 29 Sunset’s northern terminal have been changed from Baker Beach to 25th Avenue and California Street after 10 p.m. Though some customers may need to start using a different stop, the route is faster, more reliable and less crowded. The new night-time terminal implements the following stops: Bowley Street at Lincoln Boulevard, Bowley Street at Gibson Road, Lincoln Boulevard at Bowley Street and 25th Avenue at El Camino Del Mar. Riders boarding at these stops and traveling south will need to wait for the operator’s layover at California Street.
- With the return of the 28R 19th Avenue Rapid, the 28 19th Avenue will see a decrease in weekday frequency from every 10 minutes during morning and evening peaks to 12 minutes all day. However, combined weekday frequency with the 28R 19th Avenue Rapid is every six minutes on shared stops along the corridor.
- To address crowding on the 14R Mission Rapid during the early morning and afternoon school hours, more frequent morning service starts at 6 a.m. and service for students departing schools ramps up around 2 p.m.
- The 31 Balboa has been extended to Townsend and 4th (Caltrain) serving eight (8) new stops on weekdays only.
- The 38 Geary service to Geary and 32nd Avenue has been increased from 9 to 11 p.m. on weekends to address evening crowding. The frequency 6 to 8 a.m. on weekends will decrease from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
- The southern terminal for the 19 Polk in the Hunters Point Shipyard has been changed to Donahue & Innes, from Galvez Avenue at Hill Drive. All current stops on the line will continue to be served. The terminal has been moved to a location with better lighting to prioritize operator and passenger safety.
- The 30 Stockton has been terminated at Sports Basement (Crissy Field) until 8 p.m. The northern terminal after 8 p.m. is on Divisadero at Chestnut.
- Inbound (16448) and outbound (16449) Inbound stops on Sloat at 43rd Avenue served by the 18 46th Avenue and 23 Monterey has been discontinued as part of the Sloat Quick Build Project.
- The 6 Parnassus and 43 Masonic inbound stop at Parnassus at Hillway (15892) is temparorily out of service due to long-term construction.
- The 28 19th Avenue, 30 Stockton and 91 3rd Street-19th Avenue Owl eastbound stop at North Point and Larkin (15465) are removed due to long-term construction.
- The 48 Quintara-24th Street pilot reroute and eastern terminal change to 22nd at Iowa is permanent and will also apply to the 48 Owl. One weekday bus being added to the 48 Quintara-24th Street to address crowding.
- To improve reliability without sacrificing frequency on the 57 Parkmerced, we are adding a bus on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This will allow the line to continue providing service every 20 minutes while contending with severe traffic congestion along the route. Weekend frequencies has been changed to 25 minutes from 20 minutes to account for more running time due to congestion.
- The 55 Dogpatch has been decreased in frequency from 15 minutes to 20 minutes to account for additional running time due to congestion and construction on 16th Street.
For additional service details and impacted routes, visit latest service changes blog.
UPDATE: 16th Street Improvement Project
As part of the Muni Forward Program and to improve reliability, speed and increase overall system effectiveness for the key 22 Fillmore route, the 16th Street Improvement Project is part of a larger network of proposed or planned improvements to the Muni system.
There is no active construction scheduled for this weekend.
For more project details and the latest construction updates, visit www.sfmta.com/16thStreet.
UPDATE: L Taraval Improvement Project—Segment B
The L Taraval Improvement project continues construction along Segment B replacing and repairing the infrastructure along the L Taraval line between Sunset Boulevard and 15th Avenue, and on Ulloa Street near West Portal.
The project is a comprehensive infrastructure rehabilitation of sewer and water lines and streetscape project. The project will address safety concerns for customers boarding Muni, address the much-needed rehabilitation of aging sewer and water lines while bringing streetscape improvements to the Taraval corridor for added vibrancy.
Work continues on water lines, as well as on the overhead contact system (OCS) that powers the trains. OCS work has transitioned to underground conduit work to support power to the trains and the new and existing streetlights. Curb ramp work has started with demolition and grading areas in preparation for construction of the new boarding ramps and to upgrade existing boarding ramps. Track work is expected to begin over the next few weeks.
The rail tracks west of the intersection of Ulloa and Madrone streets have been taken offline to facilitate the reconstruction of the water and sewer mains as well as replace the tracks and overhead lines. The upgraded sewer and water lines, permanent boarding islands and increased accessibility will make riding safer and more reliable.
The L Bus now runs between West Portal and the SF Zoo. Customers can transfer to a train at West Portal Station to travel downtown.
To facilitate the project during track in each section (except at 15th Avenue), there are temporary bus stop changes:
- The inbound bus stop at Taraval Street and 15th Avenue has been relocated across the intersection until fall 2024.
- The 19th Avenue outbound L Bus stop will be temporarily relocated from the northeast corner to the northwest corner until Friday, Sept. 15.
- The 17th Avenue inbound L Bus stop will be temporarily discontinued until Friday, Sept. 15. Customers can use alternate stops at 15th and 19th avenues on Taraval Street
Crews are performing track replacement on the L Taraval line, starting with pulling and now placing and setting rails.
The tracks along Taraval Street have been prepped for foundation pours and installation of new rail. Since last month, crews have been working on pouring concrete slabs, block by block from 28th to 29th avenues, then from 29th to 30th avenues, and then from 30th to 31st avenues. Concrete pours will continue from track work between 16th and 19 avenues.
During track work, east and west bound lanes will remain open. Only right turn will be allowed when traffic approaching Taraval Street in areas with rail work.
During construction, the following impacts to travel in the track areas are in effect:
- No parking along the construction areas will be allowed.
- By car: Taraval Street will be open to through traffic traveling east- and westbound, however, vehicles approaching from 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th avenues will only be able to access Taraval Street by making right turns. At times, traffic may be stopped briefly to allow large machinery to perform work. Please allow extra travel time.
- By bus: The L Bus may be rerouted around the construction area when heavy equipment is present.
- On foot: Pedestrians will be able to cross Taraval Street in the construction area at 30th Avenue via a pedestrian access during non-construction hours and weekends.
Construction is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extreme weather conditions may impact the construction schedule.
ONGOING: Northeast Van Ness Station Entrance Closure
Since Saturday, April 1, due to installation of the roll-up gate, the entrance located at the northeast corner of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue (next to the construction site) is closed for approximately three months.
To access Van Ness Station, customers can use the other three entrances on Market Street and Van Ness Avenue located at the:
- Southeast corner
- Southwest corner
- Northwest corner
For more information, visit SFMTA.com/VNentranceClosure.
ONGOING: 19th Avenue (CA Route 1) Combined City Project
San Francisco Public Works is leading a multi-agency project to replace aging infrastructure and improve safety along 19th Avenue between Holloway Avenue and Lincoln Way.
Construction work for the first and second segment of this project along 19th Avenue between Lincoln Way and Taraval streets was completed. Construction work for bulbouts in the third and fourth segment along 19th Avenue between Taraval Street and Holloway Avenue is ongoing.
As part of the 19th Avenue Combined City Project, the SFMTA will implement transit priority and safety improvements for people walking along 19th Avenue. The improvements will make it safer to walk, remove stops to make transit service more reliable, and enhance customers’ experiences—on and off the bus.
To improve safety along 19th Avenue, the SFMTA will: 1) install pedestrian bulbs at 19 intersections and transit bulbs at 13 intersections; 2) modify traffic and pedestrian signals to give people who walk more time to cross the street; and 3) extend the bus zone at one intersection. Installing transit bulbs allow Muni vehicles to stop for passengers without having to pull out of traffic, and pedestrian bulbs increase the visibility at intersections of people who walk.
As part of the project, seven Muni stops were removed on 19th Avenue between Irving Street and Ocean Avenue last October. The following Muni routes have been affected with the stop removal:
- 28 19th Avenue
- 91 3rd Street/19th Avenue Owl
ONGOING: Essential Trip Card Discount Program
The SFMTA’s program, Essential Trip Card (ETC) Program, assists people with disabilities and older adults to make essential trips using taxis. The program provides two to three round trips at an 80% discount per month, i.e. rider pays $6 to receive a value of $30 or pays $12 to receive a $60 value. If essential needs require it, riders may receive additional value up to $120 of taxi service per month.
To qualify for the program: customer must be either age 65 or older or an adult with disabilities. Eligible adults may apply for the ETC program by calling the Paratransit Mobility Management office at 415-351-7053. Staff are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Visit https://www.sfmta.com/etc for additional details and for a list of San Francisco taxi companies, visit https://www.sfmta.com/taxi/directory.
SFMTA’s Shop-a-Round program which offers registered seniors and people with disabilities personalized assistance and rides to and from grocery stores and farmers markets is available as well. For more information, visit https://www.sfmta.com/shop-round.
ONGOING: Shared Spaces Program
The city’s multi-agency Shared Spaces program opened some parts of streets in San Francisco to create public space for outdoor dining, retail, cultural activities and physical distancing. The program allows the use of sidewalks, parking space, full or partial streets, or other nearby public spaces like parks and plazas for a wide range of activities responding to the COVID pandemic, as allowed by San Francisco’s Public Health Order.
For details about the new legislated program requirements, permit fees and training opportunities, visit Shared Space/San Francisco(sf.gov).
For details, locations and updates on street closures related to Shared Spaces, visit SFMTA.com/SharedSpaces.