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SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, Saturday, November 17 through Sunday, November 18, 2018.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Block Party

Saturday, November 17: A holiday event sponsored by a local church will take place on Sunnydale Avenue.

Sunnydale Avenue between Hahn and Sawyer streets will be closed.

The 56-Felton will be rerouted.

Homecoming: 40 Years after Jonestown

Sunday, November 18: An event and march commemorating the 40th anniversary of Jonestown will take place in the Fillmore.

Fillmore between Eddy Street and Golden Gate Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The 22-Fillmore will be rerouted.


REMINDER: Salesforce Transit Center Closure

With the temporary closure of the Salesforce Transit Center, all bus routes have been rerouted to the temporary Transbay Center at Howard and Main streets: The 5 Fulton, 5R Fulton Rapid, 7 Haight-Noriega, 25 Treasure Island, 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid are affected. The closure is ongoing until further notice.

NEW: Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvement Project

On Friday and Saturday nights during the weekend of November 16-18, there will be temporary overnight closures to the Twin Peaks Tunnel. The tunnel closure includes West Portal and Forest Hill stations. These closures are similar to those on previous weekends and only in effect when ridership is low late at night and early in the morning. Bus shuttles will be provided for the KLM lines and will run while additional work is done. Neighbors should expect minimal disruptions as most activity will be inside the tunnel. Crews plan to use this time to replace and upgrade 33 fire suppression valves, repair superficial cracks, and finish replacing the fiber optic cables that aid citywide emergency communications.

Weekend Overnight Details:

  • West Portal and Forest Hill stations close at approximately 11pm on Friday and reopen on Saturday at 8am.
  • West Portal and Forest Hill stations close at approximately 11pm on Saturday and reopen on Sunday at 8am.
  • Buses will operate K, L and M routes between Embarcadero and each line's terminal destination. Board where you see a Half Moon sign. Buses will run every 20 minutes until OWL services starts.
  • OWL and Sunday service will not be affected by these closures.

Customers can board all buses at Muni Shuttle route stops, designated with a "Muni Metro Shuttle" yellow half-moon sign. More information: Weekend overnight closures of the Twin Peaks Tunnel are also planned for December -- more information on these to come. More information:

UPDATE: Geary Rapid Project

The Geary Rapid Project aims to bring pedestrian safety improvements and more reliable bus service to Geary and O’Farrell streets between Stanyan and Market streets. To learn more or sign up for project updates, visit

The first set of transit and safety treatments began on October 1 and are expected to continue through November. These treatments include:

  • New transit-only lanes on most blocks between Stanyan and Gough streets to improve bus service and reduce unpredictable delays. Eastbound transit-only lanes between Baker and Gough streets have been completed; westbound lanes are underway.
    • To make room, one travel lane in each direction is being converted to transit-only.
  • Several intersections have been “daylighted” by painting red curb at intersection corners to make people crossing the street more visible to drivers.
  • Advanced limit lines are being painted to provide extra space between stopping vehicles and people in the crosswalk.
  • Some locations are being painted as safety zones to provide a visual cue to motorists to slow down.
  • New bicycle pavement markings are being painted to help cyclists to cross Geary Boulevard at Webster and Steiner streets, and along Geary Boulevard between Presidio and Masonic avenues.

UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project

Traffic lanes on Van Ness Avenue have been shifted to create two construction zones. Because some of this work requires reducing Van Ness Avenue to one lane in each direction, some work is limited to nighttime hours. For more project details and the latest construction updates, visit

Friday, November 16, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.:

  • On Clay Street: Crews are scheduled to work on water main installation. Intensive noise is expected.
  • On Sacramento Street: Crews are scheduled to work on sewer main installation. Intensive noise and vibration is expected.
  • On California Street: Crews are scheduled to perform water work.
  • On Pine Street: Crews are scheduled to work on sewer main installation. Intensive noise and vibration is expected. .
  • On Bush Street: Crews are scheduled to work on water main installation. Intensive noise is expected.
  • On Eddy Street: Crews are scheduled to perform streetlights work.
  • From Fell to Market streets: Crews are scheduled to perform water work.

Sunday, November 18, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.:

  • On Sacramento Street: Crews are scheduled to work on sewer main installation. Intensive noise and vibration is expected.
  • On California Street: Crews are scheduled to perform water work.
  • On Pine Street: Crews are scheduled to work on sewer main installation. Intensive noise and vibration is expected.
  • On Bush Street: Crews are scheduled to perform water work.
  • On Eddy Street: Crews are scheduled to perform streetlights work.
  • On Mission Street: Crews are scheduled to perform sewer work. Disruptive noise is expected.

UPDATE: Construction of Mission Bay Loop

The SFMTA has resumed construction on 18th, 19th and Illinois streets, the project is expected to be completed in spring 2019. 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. In order to conduct the work, parking on both sides including along the historical

Crane Cove Park fence (east side of Illinois Street) will be removed 24 hours, 7 days a week from 18th to 19th and Illinois streets for the duration of the project.

A partial street closure is currently in effect in order to accommodate duct bank work on Illinois Street between 18th and 19th streets until the end of 2018. Outer traffic lanes traveling both north and south on Illinois Street will remain open for through traffic. Immediately following the duct bank work, the track work will begin.

Local access to properties along the project site will be maintained. Sewer work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2018. For project details or to sign up to receive project updates, visit:

ONGOING: Third Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Now through January 2020: Crews have begun Phase Two of the Third Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project. For more project details, visit

ONGOING: Central Subway Project

Utility upgrade work is ongoing Monday through Friday, overnight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at 4th and Howard streets. Two through lanes are in place southbound 4th Street. Westbound traffic on Howard Street may be impacted. One lane on the south side of Ellis Street is open at all times for eastbound traffic. The parking garage between Ellis and O’Farrell is accessible on the north side of Ellis Street. Street and sidewalk restoration work continues on the north side of the intersection of Ellis and Stockton streets, as well as on O’Farrell at Stockton. For project updates, visit:

ONGOING: Townsend Corridor Improvement Project

The Townsend Corridor Improvement Project, which spans from 3rd Street to 8th Street, aims to create a safer and more efficient Townsend Street where all modes of travel are organized into comfortable and intuitive spaces.

Implementation of the first set of safety treatments began on October 30 with partial repaving of Townsend Street between 5th and 7th streets to provide a smoother surface to walk and bike. City crews will continue construction along this segment with roadway and curb paint installations, as well as sign installations. This is estimated to take place from now until the end of November.

During these times, temporary tow-away zones will be established to remove parked vehicles and allow crews space to complete construction. During construction, one travel lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Temporary loading zones will be established for commercial loading, passenger loading, and tour bus loading on both sides of Townsend Street west of 5th Street. The Ford GoBike station at Townsend and 5th Street will be temporarily relocated during construction. For project details, please visit

ONGOING: UCSF Mission Bay Arena Platform Project

In anticipation of the new Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center and growth in the Mission Bay, the SFMTA is constructing a new center platform along 3rd Street between South and 16th streets. This new, larger platform will service both inbound and outbound trains and greatly expand transit capacity in preparation for large crowds. Construction work is ongoing, with decommission of the Muni platform planned for mid-November and a new platform anticipated to be completed and in service in early summer of 2019. Bus substitutions will serve the T-Third line during parts of construction. For detailed information and to sign up for email updates, visit:

The UCSF Mission Bay Platform is now out of service through late April 2019. The T Third will continue to operate but will skip that stop. Please board at Mission Rock and Mariposa stations

In order to accommodate construction, bus shuttles will provide T Third service on the following dates:

  • Sunday, November 25;
  • Friday, November 30 to Monday, December 3;
  • Tuesday, January 4 to end of February 2019.

Upcoming Events

Parking Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday

Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day): The following parking regulations will not be enforced anywhere in the city: parking meters, seven-day street sweeping, residential parking permits, Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping, and commuter towaway.

Friday, November 23 (Black Friday): Parking meters and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide. Residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced.

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.

Muni Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday

Thursday, November 22: On Thanksgiving Day, Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Friday, November 23: On Black Friday, Muni will operate on a weekday schedule to provide service for those visiting and shopping in the city. There will be no express bus service on all express routes except the following routes: 8AX Bayshore A Express; and 8BX Bayshore B Express.

Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 23: The 28th annual tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Union Square Park. For more event details, please visit:

Winter Walk SF

Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 31, 2018: The annual Winter Walk Plaza will take place on Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis streets. A diverse program of activities is planned which includes open air beer and wine gardens, food vendors, live performances and lots of family-friendly activities. For more details of Winter Walk SF, visit