SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory For Saturday, May 30, 2020
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31.
For details of Muni re-routes, visit SFMTA.com/Updates. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
During the rapidly changing environment caused by COVID-19, the SFMTA has been continuing with reduced service adjustment to Muni service in order to focus our limited resources to the busiest lines and those that most critically serve essential trips. The Core network allows Muni to continue to serve San Francisco’s medical facilities and focuses on equity to ensure service for our customers most reliant on transit. The frequency of buses varies by line so that lines experiencing some crowding will have more frequent service than others.
- These Core service lines are currently in service: N Judah Bus; L Taraval Bus; M Bus Community Shuttle (Balboa Park to West Portal, weekday only); T Third Bus (Sunnydale to Castro); 1 California; 5 Fulton; 8 Bayshore (rerouted to Stockton); 9 San Bruno, 9R San Bruno Rapid (weekday only); 12 Folsom/Pacific (Financial District to Russian Hill), 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 19 Polk; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 25 Treasure Island; 28 19th Avenue (Daly City BART to Geary Boulevard, weekday only); 29 Sunset; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 44 O’Shaughnessy (Forest Hill to Evans); 49 Van Ness/Mission (extended from North Point to Powell and Beach) and 54 Felton (Balboa Park to Hunters Point, weekday only).
- Late-night Owl routes have started early every night at 10 p.m. instead of 1 a.m. All regular Owl routes are in operation, except these routes that have been temporarily discontinued: 5 Fulton and 48 Quintara/24th Street
- The following routes are running 24 hours a day or providing special Owl Service: L Owl; N Owl; 14 Mission; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 25 Treasure Island; 38 Geary; 44 O'Shaughnessy; 90 San Bruno Owl; 91 3rd Street/19th Avenue Owl.
Note: Some routes have been modified. Please visit each route’s webpage or the Muni Core Service Plan for more details.
Essential Trip Card Discount Program
To assist people with disabilities and older adults with making essential trips under Muni’s temporary transit changes, the SFMTA recently launched the Essential Trip Card (ETC) Program to address this need. This is a temporary special program that 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. The discount is limited to a value of $60 taxi service per month per customer.
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 311 and mentioning the program. Staff will be available between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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 pre-existing Shop-a-Round program that offers registered seniors and people with disabilities personalized assistance and rides to and from grocery stores and farmers markets is still available and will continue post public health order. For more information, visit https://www.sfparatransit.com/shop-a-round.
On some lower-traffic residential streets, through traffic is being limited to prioritize walking or biking and to provide more space for social distancing during essential travel. Sometimes it is difficult to maintain social distance, especially outside of grocery stores and other essential services. Because of this, many pedestrians are choosing to walk in the street, exposing themselves to vehicle traffic. The SFMTA is implementing the Slow Streets program to allow roadways to be used more as a shared space for foot, bicycle and wheelchair traffic, taking advantage of low vehicle numbers on some roads.
- Streets are not closed completely and local vehicle access is allowed (e.g., driveway access for residents).
- Slow streets are shared streets, all users must give way to others as appropriate. People walking/running/biking do not have exclusive right-of-way over motor vehicles.
- Once installed, Slow Streets corridors will be in effect 24/7.
We plan to install two or three Slow Streets corridors per week. We will continue to monitor the use of Slow Streets to minimize impacts on surrounding streets. Learn more about current and proposed Slow Streets locations by visiting SFMTA.com/SlowStreets.
Temporary Loading Program
The COVID-19 health crisis is creating a temporary increase in take-out/delivery service for many restaurants and essential businesses. To encourage physical distancing and reduce crowding, the SFMTA is fast-tracking converting some adjacent street parking into temporary loading zones.
If you are engaged in an essential business, there is no fee, simply complete the form for review and processing. Due to high demand on this program, SFMTA staff are working diligently to review applications and to respond as soon as they can.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
Caltrans crew is continuing with work to replace concrete slabs in two lanes of the four-lane roadway on U.S. 101 between northbound Vermont Street and the Cesar Chavez exit. Construction work takes place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., every day, Monday through Sunday.
- Two traffic lanes on U.S. 101 between northbound Vermont Street and the Cesar Chavez exit will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, Monday through Sunday.
- There will be on- and offramp closures around the construction area.
Motorists are reminded that various lane closures related to the Alemany Deck Replacement Project located south of Vermont Street on U.S. 101 are also remain in effect. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds when travel through the construction zones.
UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project
On Friday, May 29, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., crews are scheduled to work on installing a joint-utility trench, traffic striping and sewer main at the following locations:
- Van Ness between Lombard and Greenwich streets
- Van Ness between Greenwich and Filbert streets
- Van Ness between Filbert and Union streets
- Van Ness between Union and Green streets
- Van Ness between Green and Vallejo streets
- Van Ness between Vallejo Street and Broadway
- Van Ness between Broadway and Pacific Avenue
- Van Ness between Pacific Avenue and Jackson Street
- Van Ness between Sutter and Post streets
- Van Ness between Post and Geary streets
- Van Ness between Geary and O’Farrell streets
- Van Ness between O’Farrell and Ellis streets
- Van Ness between Ellis and Eddy streets
- Van Ness between Eddy and Turk streets
- Van Ness between Turk Street and Golden Gate Avenue
- Van Ness between Golden Gate Avenue and McAllister Street
- Van Ness between McAllister and Grove streets
- Van Ness between Grove and Hayes streets
- Van Ness between Hayes and Fell streets
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: L Taraval Improvement Project
Since August 2019, traffic pattern on lower Great Highway between Ulloa and Santiago streets has been changed. Northbound travel lane on lower Great Highway has been rerouted to 48th Avenue for two blocks between Ulloa and Santiago streets. Southbound travel lane will continue on lower Great Highway as usual. This will be in effect until project completion in Fall 2021. For project details, visit sfmta.com/LTaraval.
Effective Wednesday, April 8, the construction shuttle service has been suspended until further notice. Construction on Jefferson Street will continue by San Francisco Public Works. For information regarding Muni service adjustments, visit SFMTA.com/COVID-19.
For more information about Phase Two of the Jefferson Streetscape Improvement Project, visit http://www.sfpublicworks.org/jefferson.
ONGOING: Muni Rail Rehabilitation Project
Muni track maintenance work at Judah and 25th Avenue originally scheduled to be completed in April has been suspended until further notice due to the public health emergency.