SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory For Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Thursday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Nov. 30.
For details of Muni re-routes, visit SFMTA.com/Updates. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
Parking Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday
Thursday, Nov. 26 (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, Nov. 27 (Black Friday): Parking meters (all meters including color capped), white zones, nightly street sweeping (street cleaning) and safety violations (no stopping, no parking, red and blue zones) will be enforced citywide. Residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced.
Other SFMTA parking programs will not be enforced:
- Residential Parking Permits (RPP) Zones
- General Parking Time Limits
- Weekday Daytime Street Sweeping (Street Cleaning)
- Commuter Shuttle Towaway Zones
- Unmetered Yellow and Green Zones
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 an 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)
Muni Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday
Thursday, Nov. 26: On Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Friday, Nov. 27: On Black Friday, Muni will operate on a weekday schedule to provide service for those visiting and shopping in the city.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
NEW: Eureka Curve Tunnel Work
Starting Monday, Nov. 30, construction crews will begin maintenance work inside the Twin Peaks Tunnel. Most materials and equipment will enter the tunnel at the Eureka Curve, the area on Market Street between Diamond and Collingwood streets. For more project details, visit SFMTA.com/EurekaCurve.
Construction work is scheduled between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Work hours are subject to change based on construction needs. Work will be limited to within tunnel area, no night work will be performed in the public right of way. It is anticipated the project will last for about three months.
While crews are working in the construction zone, there will be temporary changes in the area:
- One-lane street closure in each direction on Market Street between Diamond and Castro streets.
- Parking will be temporarily restricted on Market Street between Diamond and Castro streets.
- No access to Market Street from Collingwood Street. Local access will only be allowed from 18th Street.
- Material and equipment staging will be on both sides of Market Street between Diamond and Collingwood streets.
- Heavy equipment will enter through West Portal Station tunnel most morning for about an hour. There will be no parking impacts or traffic lane changes near West Portal Station area.
UPDATE: Geary Rapid Project
As part of the Geary Rapid Project, work to replace aging water and sewer lines along Geary Boulevard is almost complete. Surface improvements, including upgraded traffic signals and streetlights, sidewalk extensions at bus stops and intersection corners, improved median refuges and roadway repaving, are also underway. While majority of Geary Rapid Project construction is scheduled Mondays through Fridays, the following weekend work is planned:
- From Steiner to Webster streets on the Geary Boulevard frontage roads, final curb-to-curb asphalt roadway repaving is planned on Thursday, Dec. 3 (grinding) and Saturday, Dec. 5 (paving). There may be traffic delays while lanes are closed during work. Work is planned to begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 to minimize impacts to adjacent businesses.
- During paving in front of driveways, there will be a four-hour period with restricted vehicle access as the hot asphalt cools down. Affected properties will be notified in advance.
- The inbound and outbound 38/38R Geary bus stops at Fillmore Street will be temporarily relocated nearby briefly as the pavement cools. “Board Here” signs will be in place.
Forecasts are subject to change due to weather delays or unexpected field conditions. For complete Geary Rapid Project forecast, visit SFMTA.com/Geary.
UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there is no active construction scheduled for this weekend.
Current lane changes will remain in place. For more project details and the latest construction updates, visit SFMTA.com/VanNess.
ONGOING: Muni Service During the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order
Until further notice, Muni buses are serving all Metro lines including the J Church, K Ingleside, L Taraval, M Ocean View, N Judah and T Third.
To learn more information about bus substitution for Muni rail lines and recent service changes, visit Muni's Bus Substitution for All Rail Lines.
Some Muni routes have been modified under the current health order. For details of Muni’s individual lines/routes, visit each route’s webpage or the Muni Core Service Plan.
- Core Routes in Service: J Church Bus (Balboa Park to Church and 14th streets); K Ingleside (Balboa Park to Embarcadero); L Taraval Bus (all buses) (SF Zoo to Embarcadero); N Judah Bus (Ocean Beach to 4th and King streets); M Ocean View Bus (Balboa Park to West Portal); T Third Bus (Sunnydale to Castro); 1 California; 5 Fulton; 7 Noriega; 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 California Street & 6th Avenue); 29 Sunset; 30 Stockton; 37 Corbett (Twin Peaks and Van Ness & Market Street); 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 43 Masonic (Geary Boulevard to Crocker Amazon); 44 O’Shaughnessy; 45 Union-Stockton; 48 Quintara/24th Street (20th at 3rd streets and West Portal Station); 49 Van Ness/Mission (extended from North Point to Powell and Beach); 54 Felton (Daly City BART to Hunters Point); and 67 Bernal Heights.
- Late-night Owl routes start at 10 p.m. (instead of 1 a.m.) All regular Owl routes are in operation, except 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.
ONGOING: L Taraval Improvement Project
Since Tuesday, Nov. 10, track replacement work begun at the intersection of 46th Avenue and Taraval Street. For the track replacement work, the intersection of 46th Avenue and Taraval Street is closed to vehicular traffic at all hours until the work is complete, a approximately for one month. Signage is in place to alert drivers to detour before they approach the intersection.
Since Aug. 2019, the traffic pattern on lower Great Highway between Ulloa and Santiago streets has been changed. The northbound travel lane on lower Great Highway has been rerouted to 48th Avenue for two blocks between Ulloa and Santiago streets. The 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 Project.
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.
In the end of this month, construction work for the first segment of this project along 19th Avenue between Lincoln Way and Noriega Street will begin. There will be no impact on Muni bus stops.
As part of the 19th Avenue Combined City Project, the SFMTA will implement transit priority and safety improvements for people walking along the route of the 28 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 on Oct. 17. The following Muni routes have been affected with the stop removal:
- 28 19th Avenue
- 91 3rd Street/19th Avenue Owl
ONGOING: Parking Meters Pilot
Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, the SFMTA will test a pay-by-license-plate system at existing parking meters on Indiana Street in the Dogpatch area. Drivers who pay at the meter will enter their license plate number instead of their parking space number. This system allows drivers to pay at any meter on the block, even if it is across the street. It is hoped that the new system can allow the City to save money by streamlining enforcement and reducing the amount of infrastructure needed on the streets. For additional program details visit www.sfmta.com/dogpatch parking meter.
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 and physical distancing. The program allows the use of sidewalks, full or partial streets, or other nearby public spaces like parks and plazas for restaurant pick-up and other neighborhood retail activity, as allowed by San Francisco’s Public Health Order. For details, locations and updates on street closures related to Shared Spaces visit SFMTA.com/SharedSpaces.
ONGOING: Essential Trip Card Discount Program
The SFMTA’s temporary special program, Essential Trip Card (ETC) Program, will assist people with disabilities and older adults to make essential trips under Muni’s temporary transit changes. 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. 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.sfmta.com/shop-round.
ONGOING: SFMTA’s Customer Service Center Resumed Service and Operation Hours
Since Monday, Aug. 24, the SFMTA’S Customer Service Center (CSC) re-opened and began providing including: 1) Sales of Residential Parking Permit; 2) Community Service Enrollment; 3) Payment Plan Enrollment; and 4) Lifeline Program Enrollment. Sales of life-line monthly passes will not be available. Operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The SFMTA service kiosk at 170 Otis Street is open for business. Operation hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. This location only provides sales service of LifeLine stickers during the last 10 and first 15 days of the month.
The following SFMTA service kiosks are open for business. Operation hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, except holidays.
- Powell and Market Service Kiosk
- Bay and Taylor Service Kiosk
- Presidio Service Kiosk at Geary Boulevard
The following SFMTA services are available at all three locations:
- Payment for Parking and Transit citations (citation number or license plate required)
- Purchase of Parking Meter Card and School Coupon Booklets
- Retrieve and drop off completed paper applications for Community Service; Payment Plan; and Lifeline.
- Purchase of LifeLine stickers during the last 10 and first 15 days of the month.
The following Clipper services are available at services kiosks at Powell and Market streets and at Presidio Avenue:
- Purchase passes and load value
- Apply for and issue Senior and Youth Clipper cards