SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory For Saturday, May 18, 2019
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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For details of Muni re-routes, visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association Event
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19: The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.
A street closure of Avenue “H” between 11th and 13th streets will be required from 7 a.m., Saturday to 6 p.m., Sunday.
The 25 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected.
Ruth Jackson Sunnydale Family Day
Saturday, May 18: The Ruth Jackson Sunnydale Family Day at Hertz Playground provides community members a chance to gather for a fantastic day of fun and entertainment that will feature a parade, car show, performances, a raffle, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.
The parade will start at Velasco Avenue and Santos Street proceeding along Santos onto Sunnydale Avenue culminating on Hahn Street at Visitacion Avenue.
Due to street closures and heavier than usual pedestrian activity, consider using public transportation. Muni routes 8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno and 56 Rutland will get you close to the festivities.
The 8 Bayshore and 56 Rutland Muni routes will be re-routed.
The following street closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
- Visitacion Avenue between Sawyer Street and Visitacion Valley Middle School Parking Lot
- Hahn Street between Leland and Sunnydale avenues
Annual Bay to Breakers Race
Sunday, May 19: The annual Bay to Breakers Race will take place. The SFMTA will provide pre- and post-race service on several Muni rail lines and bus routes for the event.
Significant service disruptions to Muni bus routes and rail lines are anticipated because the race route closures include Howard Street, 9th Street, Hayes Street, Fell Street and John F. Kennedy Drive for approximately four hours. This effectively cuts the City in half.
One of the largest running events in the world, Bay to Breakers will close many streets from the starting line at Main and Howard streets on the east side of San Francisco to the finishing line on the west side of the city on the Great Highway near Fulton Street. Once the race begins, travelers will only have two options to cross the north/south portion of the race course: The Embarcadero and Crossover Drive (which connects 19th Avenue, south of Golden Gate Park to Park Presidio Boulevard and 25th Avenue, north of Golden Gate Park). Travelers should expect delays due to street closures during the race and crowds of racers and spectators both before and after the race. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude in the early afternoon.
For additional event details, please visit: http://baytobreakers.com/ or call 415-231-3130.
For event course map, please visit http://baytobreakers.com/course-info/.
Pre- and Post- Event Muni Fare
Muni customers are strongly encouraged to purchase their fare in advance or use Clipper Card to attend this event. For more information on using Clipper on Muni, visit clippercard.com/muni.
Muni customers may also use MuniMobile, an official SFMTA app, to save time by instantly buying tickets for Muni bus, rail, cable car, and paratransit services on their iPhone and Android devices. Tickets can be purchased through a credit/debit card or PayPal account for individual or multiple riders on one smartphone. Customers can buy tickets ahead of time and activate when they are ready to ride - with MuniMobile, your phone is your fare.
Single Ride Muni Fare
A single ride fare on Muni is good for two hours of travel, whether it be on a single route or a trip with multiple transfers across buses and light rail. Customers who purchase their fares in advance using a Clipper® Card or to use the official SFMTA app, MuniMobile, can save 25 cents per trip. For more details visit https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes/single-rides-transfers.
Pre-Race Express Service, 6 to 8 a.m.
The 5R Fulton Rapid bus will depart from Fulton Street and 47th Avenue, making stops at all rapid stops between 47th Avenue and Beale and Mission streets.
The NX Judah Express bus will depart from Judah and La Playa streets, making local stops to 19th Avenue, then travel express to Sansome Street between Bush and Sutter streets.
The N Judah train will depart from 19th Avenue and Judah Street, making regular stops and run to 4th and King streets (Caltrain Station).
Post-Race Service, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to the local Muni routes that serve Golden Gate Park, post-race Express Muni service will be located on both the north and south sides of Golden Gate Park. All post-race express service will end at 2 p.m.
NX N Judah Express Bus will provide express service on the south side of Golden Gate Park from Judah and La Playa streets, will operate on regular stops until 19th Avenue and express to Sansome and Sutter streets (Montgomery BART station).
5X Fulton Express Bus will depart from Fulton and La Playa streets and will operate to Civic Center Muni/BART Station
Muni Service Details:
- Significant service disruptions to Muni bus routes and rail lines are anticipated because the race route closures include Howard Street, 9th Street, Hayes Street, Fell Street and John F. Kennedy Drive for approximately four hours. This effectively cuts the City in half.
- Affected Muni lines: F, N, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 14R, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49; Sunday morning bus service on K, M, N and T lines through the areas of Downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, and Golden Gate Park during the race.
- Affected city areas: Downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, Golden Gate Park.
- Pre-race service hours: 6 to 8 a.m., post-race hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Pre-race bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street and Judah and La Playa streets.
- Pre-race Muni Metro service will be provided from West Portal, Castro, Church and Van Ness stations to Embarcadero Station.
- Pre-race N Judah service will be provided from Judah Street and 19th Avenue.
- Post-race 5 Fulton express bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street. These buses will travel express to Grove and Hyde streets.
- Post-race 5 Fulton bus service will be provided from Fulton Street and 47th Avenue and will operate on regular stops to Beale and Mission streets.
- Post-race N Judah express bus service will be provided from Judah and La Playa streets to Sansome and Sutter streets, make regular stops until 19th Avenue and express to Sansome and Sutter streets.
- Streets will be re-opened once the runners have passed and the streets have been cleaned.
- Large crowds are expected. Participants and spectators should plan for additional return travel time.
Regional Transit Options
BART, Caltrain, and Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry will operate special early Sunday morning service and Private Chartered Buses will operate express buses from Mill Valley, Emeryville and Millbrae BART stations for the race. Race participants and fans using Bay Area public transportation systems are strongly encouraged to purchase their fares in advance or use Clipper® Card to attend this event. For details of race day transportation, visit http://baytobreakers.com/transportation/.
- Instead of the usual Sunday morning start at 8 a.m., BART will open at 6 a.m. For more information visit https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2019/news20190418.
- Caltrain will offer four extra pre-race trains to San Francisco and one local train after the race to San Jose. For this special event schedule, see: Bay to Breakers Caltrain Schedule.
- Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry has added early morning ferry service to Bay to Breakers. For more information, see: Bay to Breakers Golden Gate Ferry Schedule.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
UPDATE: Central Subway Project
Wednesday, May 15 to Monday, May 20: Work to build a portion of the roadway and surface track foundation at the intersection of 4th and Bryant streets will begin on Wednesday, May 15 and will go through Monday, May 20. Work hours will be 24x7 with potential detours and lane closures. At times, the 4th Street exit off I-80 freeway off ramp will be reduced to two lanes. In Chinatown, the sidewalk on the west side of Stockton Street, south of Washington Street, adjacent to the worksite is temporarily closed to facilitate utility upgrade work. There is currently one lane of traffic open on both sides of Stockton between Clay and Jackson streets. For project updates, visit: https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/central-subway-project.
UPDATE: UCSF Mission Bay Arena Platform Project
Thursday, May 16 through Friday, May 17: To facilitate sewer work in the south lane of 3rd Street, a street closure of 3rd Street between 16th Street and Mission Bay Boulevard South will be required during certain period of time:
- 8 p.m., Thursday, May 16 to 6 a.m., Friday, May 17
- 6 p.m., Friday, May 17 to 6 a.m., Saturday, May 18
During construction hours, the 55 16th Street and T Third Owl buses will be re-routed to 4th Street. Signage will be in place to alert customers.
Saturday, May 25: To facilitate additional work in association with the construction of the new platform, an additional T Third bus substitution is planned to begin on Saturday, May 25 and will continue for about ten days. For more information visit www.SFMTA.com/MissionBayPlatform.
Buses will be providing T Third service between The Embarcadero and Sunnydale beginning Saturday, May 25 and will continue for about ten days in order to accommodate the next phase of construction.
During construction, the E Embarcadero will be temporarily canceled. Alternative routes include F Market & Wharves for the E Embarcadero line.
In anticipation of the new Golden State Warriors’ arena, the SFMTA is constructing a new 320-foot center platform along 3rd Street between South and 16th streets. The existing platform has been demolished. The new track alignment will include one single and one double crossover to facilitate the movement of vehicles as operations requires. Other associated work includes modification of the overhead contact system, and both above and below ground utility relocation work. Construction will require four phases that will necessitate three separate transit service plans. For more information visit www.SFMTA.com/MissionBayPlatform.
UPDATE: Geary Rapid Project
The first phase of construction as part of the Geary Rapid Project continues. Work to replace aging water and sewer lines between Masonic and Van Ness avenues is being done in coordination with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Learn more at SFMTA.com/Geary.
The following construction forecast is subject to change due to weather delays or unexpected field conditions.
Weekend street closures between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.:
- North and southbound traffic on Scott Street between Post and O'Farrell streets will be closed to vehicles on Saturday, May 18 while crews work on water main replacement. Street closures are also expected the following weekend on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.
- Only local vehicle access will be allowed, including drop-offs. Parking will be temporarily restricted in the area.
- No bus stops will be affected, and east and westbound traffic on Geary Boulevard will be maintained.
UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project
On Friday, May 17, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., crews are scheduled to work on street light conduits at the following locations:
- Van Ness at Washington Street
- Van Ness at Clay Street
- Van Ness at Sacramento Street
- Van Ness at California Street
- Van Ness at Pine Street
- Van Ness at Bush Street
On Saturday, May 18, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., crews are scheduled to work on street paving street light conduits at the following locations:
- Van Ness at Lombard Street
- Van Ness at Greenwich Street
- Van Ness at Filbert Street
- Van Ness at Jackson Street
Because some work requires reducing Van Ness Avenue to one lane in each direction, some work is limited to nighttime hours. Construction scheduling is subject to change due to weather delays or unexpected field conditions. For more project details and the latest construction updates, visit sfmta.com/vanness.
ONGOING: Construction of Mission Bay Loop
The SFMTA has resumed construction on 18th, 19th and Illinois streets, the project is expected to be completed in summer 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 through summer of 2019. 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. For project details or to sign up to receive project updates, visit: https://www.sfmta.com/missionbayloop.
San Francisco Giants Baseball Games
May 20 through Wednesday, May 26: The San Francisco Giants will play seven home games at the ballpark:
For details about transportation to the ballpark, including connections from Bay Area transit system to Muni, visit https://www.sfmta.com/places/oracle-park.
San Francisco State University Commencement at Ballpark
Tuesday, May 28: San Francisco State University’s 2019 Commencement will be held at the ballpark. The ceremony will begin at around 6:30 p.m. and conclude with fireworks at around 9:30 p.m. Gates will open at 3 p.m. An attendance of 35,000 is expected.
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26: The 41st annual Carnaval Festival will take place in the Mission District, on Harrison Street from 16th Street to 24th Street. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For more event details, visit http://www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org/.
Sunday, May 26: The Carnaval Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. The staging area for the parade will be on Bryant Street between 18th and Cesar Chavez streets. Assembly for the parade will begin at 5 a.m. and the parade will finish by 4 p.m.
Memorial Day Holiday Muni Service, Parking Will Be Enforced
Monday, May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day Holiday), Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Parking meters and seven-day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced. Seven-Day night street sweeping will 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.
Note: Parking meters in the City are enforced Monday through Saturday with the 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 AT&T Park
- 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)
Memorial Day Holiday Parking Garage Closure
Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day Holiday): One of the City’s parking garages, Performing Arts Garage located at 360 Grove Street will be closed on Memorial Day Holiday:
Customers should consider other alternatives. For a list of parking garages and lots, visit https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots-list.
Friday, May 31: 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.