SFMTA Transit and Traffic Advisory for Thursday, September 7 through Wednesday, September 13, 2023
San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this holiday week, from Thursday, Sept. 7 through Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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.
Effective 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 street
JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge
Thursday, Sept. 7: The annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge will take place from McCovey Cove to The Embarcadero between 7 and 8:30 p.m. For more event details, visit https://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/en/san-francisco.
The following street closures will be required on Thursday, Sept. 7 during time specified:
From 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Terry A Francois Blvd from 16th St to Warriors Way (northbound lanes)
- Warriors Way from Terry A Francois Blvd to Bridgeview Way
From 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Terry Francois Blvd between 16th St and Warriors Way (southbound lanes)
- Terry A Francois Blvd from Warriors Way to Mission Bay Blvd South
From 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- 16th St from Terry A Francois Blvd to Illinois St (westbound lanes)
From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- King St from 3rd St to The Embarcadero
From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Terry Francois Blvd between Mission Bay Blvd South to northernly terminus at San Francisco Bay Trail
- Mission Rock St between 3rd St and Terry Francois Blvd (access lane created for SFFD)
- 3rd St (northbound lanes) between 16th St and Berry St
- 3rd St (northbound lanes 2, 3, and 4) between Berry St and King St
- 3rd St (southbound lane 1) between Berry St and Channel St
- King St (eastbound lanes) between 3rd St and The Embarcadero
- The Embarcadero (northbound lanes) between King St and Howard St
- Mission Rock St from Terry A Francois Blvd to 3rd St
There will be reroutes to the 22 and 15 lines.
San Francisco Giants Baseball Games:
Friday, Sept. 8 to Tuesday, Sept. 12: The San Francisco Giants will play six home games at the ballpark. Listed below are start times for these games and the SF Giants to play:
- Three games against the Colorado Rockies: 1) 7:15 p.m, Friday, Sept. 8; 2) 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; 3) 1:05 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10.
- Three games against the Cleveland Guardians: 1) 6:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11; 2) 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12; 3) 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13.
- For more event details, visit www.mlb.com/giants.
To accommodate events that will take place at the ballpark, the following street closures will be enforced:
- Two and a half hours before the opening pitch, the SFMTA will close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets to vehicle traffic. King Street will reopen after first pitch until the seventh inning.
- From the seventh inning until post-game traffic dies down, the SFMTA will again close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets to vehicle traffic in order to reduce congestion on city streets.
- Additionally, the northbound portion of the 4th Street Bridge (Peter R. Maloney Bridge) will be closed to all traffic except Muni, taxis and bicycles during the post-game period.
- 2nd Street, west side, between Brannan and King Streets
- 2nd Street, east side, between Townsend and King Streets
- 3rd Street, east side, north of King Street
Special Event Parking Rates
During baseball games and other major events with more than 10,000 expected attendees at the ballpark, parking meters close to the ballpark 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 ballpark, 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.
For additional details and about transportation to ballpark, visit www.sfmta.com/oracle-park.
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. 8: Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire will play at Chase Center beginning at 6:30 pm.
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.
Bhangra and Beats Night Market
Friday, Sept. 8th: A dance party and social event will take place in the vicinity of Battery and Clay streets from 5 to 10 p.m. as part of Downtown Revitalization activities. For more details, visit bhangraandbeats.com.
The following street closures will be required from noon to midnight on Friday, Sept. 8th:
- Battery St from Jackson St to California St
- Clay St from Sansome St to Front St
- Merchant St from Sansome St to Battery St
- Halleck St from Sansome St to Front St
- Grant Avenue between California Street and Broadway
There will be reroutes to the 1-line.
Bike MS: Waves to Wine Race
Saturday, Sept. 9: The Bike MS: Waves to Wine bike race to raise money for Multiple sclerosis treatment will depart from Battery Street before going over the Golden Gate Bridge.
The following street closure will take place from 2:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Battery St from Greenwich St to Union St
There will be no impact on Muni service.
Fiesta on the Hill
Sunday, Sept. 10: BHNC will hold its Fiesta on the Hill in the Bernal Heights neighborhood on Cortland Avenue between Bocana Street and Folsom Street. The community event will host seven blocks of food vendors, arts and crafts and local goods and services and will be open until 7:00 p.m.
The following street closures will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Cortland Ave from Bocana St to Folsom St
- Moultrie St from Eugenia Ave to Cortland Ave
- Ellsworth St from Eugenia Ave to Cortland Ave
- Anderson St from Eugenia Ave to Jarboe
There will be reroutes on the 24 line.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
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, September 15. Please use alternate stops at 15th and 19th avenues on Taraval Street
- The 22nd Avenue inbound L Bus stop will be temporarily relocated to 22nd and Ulloa Street until September 15.
- The 23rd Avenue outbound L Bus stop will be temporarily relocated to Ulloa and 23rd Avenue until September 15.
- The 26th Avenue outbound L Bus stop will be temporarily relocated across the street to the west side of the intersection until September 15.
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.
To help with your travel plans to special events in the City of San Francisco, this release will be updated on a weekly basis. Whether you are a visitor or a local resident in the City, we hope you have an enjoyable weekend!
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