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SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory

Thursday, October 18, 2018


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, Saturday, October 20 through Monday, October 22, 2018.

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San Francisco Decompression

Saturday, October 20 through Sunday, October 21: The annual San Francisco Decompression will be held at Potrero Power Station. Event will take place from 2 p.m., Saturday to 4 a.m., Sunday. For more details, visit https://burningman.org/events/san-francisco-decompression-2018-black-top-city/.

A street closure of 23rd Street between Illinois Street and the easterly terminus will be required from 6 a.m., Saturday to 6 a.m., Sunday.

The following Muni lines and routes may experience heavier than normal ridership: T Third Street and 22 Fillmore.

Potrero Hill Festival

Saturday, October 20: The annual Potrero Hill Festival will take place in the Potrero Hill neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri streets. Attendance of 8,000 is expected. For event details, visit http://potrerofestival.com/.

The following street closures will be required from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri streets
  • Connecticut Street between 19th Street and southerly terminal
  • Missouri Street between 19th and 20th streets
  • Intersection:  Connecticut and Missouri streets at 20th Street

The 10 Townsend Muni route will be affected.

Wharf Fest

Saturday, October 20: 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, 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.

Bayview LIVE

Saturday, October 20: The Bayview LIVE Music-Tech-Arts festival will take place on Egbert Avenue between 3rd and Jennings streets from noon to 7 p.m. For more event details, 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.

Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld will take place beginning Monday, October 22 through Thursday, October 25 at the Moscone Center and Moscone West. For more event details, please visit https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html.

From Wednesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 27: From 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 17 until 8 a.m., Saturday, October 27, a full street closure of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets is in effect to accommodate this event.

Significant traffic congestion is anticipated in and around Moscone Center between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily for the duration of the closure. 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 are signed bicycle detours 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 have the option to dismount at Howard and 3rd streets and walk their bicycle through the event along the north sidewalk. Signage has been placed in advance of the street closures and detour routes. Caltrans has activated 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.

Taxi Service

Oracle OpenWorld Howard Street

Sunday, October 21 through Thursday, October 25: There will be limited number of temporary taxi stands for the event for pick up and drop off only:

  • Howard Street (northside) between New Montgomery and 3rd streets, 5 spaces
  • Howard Street (southside) between 4th and 5th streets, 10 spaces

Oracle CloudFest18 at AT&T Park

Wednesday, October 24: During the event hours, between 7 and 11 p.m., there will be temporary taxi stands for pick up and drop off only:

  • Both east and west side of 2nd Street between King and Brannan streets


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: M Ocean View Improvements

Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21: The final repaving work to complete the M Ocean View Improvement Project is scheduled for this weekend. This project is a partnership between the SFMTA and SF Public Works that will bring vital pedestrian safety and transit system upgrades to keep M trains moving safely and reliably through busy 19th Avenue traffic. For project information, visit: sfmta.com/mon19thavenue.

 From approximately, 8 p.m., Friday, October 19, crews from SF Public Works will begin work and will partially close southbound traffic lanes on 19th Avenue between Eucalyptus and Winston drives. Work will continue through the night until 5 a.m., Saturday, October 20. Work will continue again at 8 p.m. Saturday October 20 through 5 a.m. Sunday, October 21.To keep traffic moving during construction, two southbound lanes will remain open and northbound lanes will be unaffected. Crews will grind out old pavement and then repave the roadway in sections. This same work is planned to continue overnight next weekend on Friday, October 26 and potentially Saturday, October 27. Nearby residents may notice some noise when the pavement is being ground out.

UPDATE: Geary Rapid Project

The Geary Rapid Project, aims to bring much-needed pedestrian safety improvements and more reliable bus service to the 54,000 daily customers who rely on the 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid Muni routes. The project is on Geary and O’Farrell streets between Stanyan and Market streets. On October 6, bus stops at Masonic, Presidio, Fillmore, Webster and Hyde streets were removed or relocated. Service for 38R Geary Rapid has been discontinued at the Spruce Street stop, 38 Geary local and 38BX Express service remain. For more project details, visit SFMTA.com/Geary.

Implementation of the first set of transit and safety treatments began on October 1 and is expected to continue until about mid-November. These treatments include:

  • New transit-only lanes on most blocks between Stanyan and Gough streets to improve bus service and reduce unpredictable delays:
    • To make room, one travel lane in each direction is being removed.
    • On-street parking has been removed on the south side of Masonic to Presidio avenues; the north side of Steiner to Fillmore streets; and the south side of Fillmore to Webster streets.
  • Several intersections are being “daylighted” by painting red curb at intersection corners to make people crossing the street more visible to drivers. Some parking spaces will be removed.
  • Some locations will be painted as safety zones. This temporary treatment will provide a visual cue to motorists to slow down until pedestrian bulbs are installed.
  • New bicycle markings to help cyclists to cross Geary Boulevard at Webster Street, Steiner Street and Masonic Avenue.

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 sfmta.com/vanness.

Friday, October 19, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.:

  • From Post to O’Farrell streets: Crews are scheduled to work on updating the emergency firefighting water system. 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: https://www.sfmta.com/missionbayloop.

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

Sewer replacement work continues Monday through Friday, from 8 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 east of Stockton. For project updates, visit: https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/central-subway-project.

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 project updates and to sign up for email updates, visit: https://www.sfmta.com/projects/ucsf-mission-bay-arena-platform-upgrade.

Upcoming Events

Critical Mass

Friday, October 26: The Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Embarcadero Plaza (formerly Justin Herman Plaza) at 6 p.m.

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

Pilgrimage of St. Jude Thaddeus

Saturday, October 28: the 15th annual St. Jude Pilgrimage will begin at 10 a.m. and will finish around 1 p.m. For more details, visit:


Parade formation and staging will be in the grounds of Corpus Christi Church on Santa Rosa between Alemany and Mission. The procession will start at the Corpus Christi Church, then head southeast on Santa Rosa Ave. toward Mission St., turn left on Mission St., right on 14th St. then left on South Van Ness Ave to Van Ness Ave., left on Pine St. and left on Steiner St. to St. Dominic Church where the parade will disband.

There will be no street closures for the event. Routes crossing Mission Street and Van Ness Avenue may experience minor delays during the pilgrimage parade.

The following Muni routes will be rerouted: 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 33 Ashbury/18th; 47 Van Ness; and 49 Van Ness/Mission.


Wednesday, 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.