SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory for Weekend of Saturday, May 14, 2022
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Friday, May 13, through next Monday, May 16, 2022.
For details of Muni re-routes, visit SFMTA.com/Updates. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
Following the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), masks are strongly recommended but no longer required in any SFMTA facilities, transit hubs or on vehicles including Muni buses, streetcars, light rail vehicles or cable cars or in taxis or on paratransit.
Basketball Games at Chase Center
Friday, May 13: The Warriors’ Playoff Game 6 against the Memphis Grizzlies may take place. If needed, game will begin at 7 p.m. with doors to open at 5:30 p.m.
Supplemental Muni Service
Muni will operate supplemental 78X Arena Express service:
- Pre-event express shuttle service from 16th Street BART Station to 16th and 3rd streets will start two and a half hours before each game/event and will end one hour after game/event starts.
- Post-event express shuttle service from 16th and 3rd streets to 16th Street BART Station will run until the area clears.
Special Event Parking Rates
During basketball games and other major events with more than 10,000 expected attendees at the arena, parking meters close to the arena will charge a special event rate of $8 per hour. These rates help reduce congestion and keep parking spots available in the neighborhoods near the arena, discouraging circling for free or cheap parking. Start times for special event rates vary based on the start time of the event. More information on special event parking regulations can be found on www.sfmta.com/special-event-parking.
To accommodate events that will take place at the arena, the following street closures will be enforced two hours before and one hour after each event:
- 16th Street between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Warriors Way between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Northbound 3rd Street between 16th Street and Warriors Way will also be closed approximately 30 minutes before and 45 minutes after an event.
- Only local access will be allowed on Northbound Illinois Street between Mariposa and 16th streets.
No Parking Zone
To facilitate loading and pick up for Muni customers and patrons, NO PARKING will be in effect at these locations during events:
- 16th Street between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Warriors Way between 3rd Street and Terry Francois Boulevard
- Terry Francois Boulevard (TFB) between Warriors Way and the east and west side of the 700 block south of 16th Street
- Terry Francois Boulevard (TFB), east side of the 500 block south of Mission Bay Boulevard South
- There is one taxi stand located on southbound Terry Francois Boulevard.
- Ramp Taxis should use the loading zone on eastbound Warriors Way (formerly South Street) at Bridgeview Way.
Additional Passenger Loading
- There is passenger loading on 4th Street which may be accessed by walking west on Gene Friend Way pedestrian path.
- There is also passenger loading on Owens Street by continuing west on Gene Friend Way pedestrian path.
For details about transportation to the Chase Center, including Muni service and connections from the Bay Area transit system to Muni, visit SFMTA.com/ChaseCenter.
Annual Bay to Breakers Race
Sunday, May 15: 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 and Fell Street for approximately four hours. This effectively cuts the city into 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. 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, visit http://baytobreakers.com/ or call 415-231-3130.
For event course map, 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. Regular 5 Fulton service will also be available.
The N Judah Bus will depart from Judah and La Playa streets traveling to Caltrain, as part of regular service.
Post-Race Service, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to the local Muni routes that serve Golden Gate Park, supplemental post-race 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.
There will be extra trains for the N Judah LRV to provide regular service on the south side of Golden Gate Park from Judah and La Playa streets to Caltrain/Ballpark.
The 5RX Fulton Rapid Express Bus will depart from Fulton and La Playa streets, operate regular service to Civic Center Muni/BART Station and will serve all 5R stops in between.
28 19th Avenue will provide extra service between Geary Boulevard and Daly City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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, Great Highway and John F. Kennedy Drive for approximately four hours. This effectively cuts the city into half.
- Affected Muni routes on Saturday after 7 p.m.: 12, 18
- Affected Muni routes and lines on Sunday before 4 p.m.: 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 14R, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 38R, 43, 44, 45, 49, F, J-Bus, K-Bus, L-Bus, M-Bus, N-Bus, T-Bus.
- 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.
- Post-race 5RX Fulton Rapid Express bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street. These buses will travel express to Grove and Hyde streets.
- Post-race extra service on N Judah LRV and 28 19th Avenue.
- 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 and Caltrain 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 run select service to limited BART stations to get to Bay to Breakers. For more information visit BART offers special early service with limited stops for Bay to Breakers 5/15/22 | bart.gov 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, visit Bay to Breakers 2022 | CaltrainBay to Breakers Caltrain Schedule.
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project
There is no active construction scheduled for this weekend. For more project details and the latest construction updates, visit SFMTA.com/VanNess.
UPDATE: L Taraval Improvement Project—Segment B
The L Taraval Improvement project continues construction along Segment B replacing and repairing the infrastructure along the L Taraval line between Sunset Boulevard and 15th Avenue, and on Ulloa Street near West Portal.
The rail tracks west of the intersection of Ulloa and Madrone streets have been taken offline to complete construction. Work needs to be performed during construction to facilitate the reconstruction of the water and sewer mains as well as replace the tracks and overhead lines. The S Shuttle train will turn around at West Portal. The L Bus will continue to provide service between Embarcadero and the SF Zoo.
The upgraded sewer and water lines, permanent boarding islands and increased accessibility will make riding safer and more reliable.
The current construction phase is focused on replacing water and sewer lines. Construction is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
ONGOING: Muni’s COVID-19 Core Service Network
Some Muni routes have been modified as a result of ongoing resource constraints from the COVID-19 pandemic. For details on Muni’s current routes and service, visit individual route webpages or the Muni Core Service Plan. For the latest service change information, visit the Service Changes webpage.
Current Muni Service:
The following Muni routes run from 5 a.m. to midnight daily: 1 California, 5 Fulton, 8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 25 Treasure Island, 28 19th Avenue, 29 Sunset, 30 Stockton, 38 Geary, 43 Masonic, 44 O’Shaughnessy, 48 Quintara/24th Street and 49 Van Ness.
Metro service runs until midnight daily.
Until further notice, Muni buses will continue to serve the L Taraval Metro line.
Routes in Service: F Market & Wharves (Fisherman’s Wharf and Castro & Market streets); J Church (Balboa Park to Embarcadero); KT Ingleside-Third; M Ocean View; N Judah (Ocean Beach to 4th and King streets); L Taraval Bus (all buses) (SF Zoo to Embarcadero); 1 California; 5 Fulton; 5R Fulton Rapid; 7 Noriega; 8 Bayshore (rerouted to Stockton); 8AX Bayshore A Express; 8BX Bayshore B Express; 9 San Bruno, 9R San Bruno Rapid (weekday only); 12 Folsom/Pacific (Financial District to Rincon Hill), 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 15 Bayview-Hunters Point Express; 18 46th Avenue; 19 Polk; 22 Fillmore; 23 Monterey (modified route); 24 Divisadero; 25 Treasure Island; 27 Bryant (modified route); 28 19th Avenue; 29 Sunset; 30 Stockton; 31 Balboa; 33 Ashbury-18th Street; 35 Eureka; 36 Teresita; 37 Corbett (Twin Peaks and Van Ness & Market Street); 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 39 Coit; 43 Masonic (Geary Boulevard to Crocker Amazon); 44 O’Shaughnessy; 45 Union-Stockton; 48 Quintara/24th Street (modified route); 49 Van Ness/Mission (extended from North Point to Powell and Beach); 52 Excelsior (modified route); 54 Felton (Daly City BART to Hunters Point); 55 Dogpatch; 56 Rutland (extended to provide connection to Burton High School); 57 Parkmerced (modified route); 58 Lake Merced (NEW); 66 Quintara (modified route) and 67 Bernal Heights.
Daily Owl Service: Starts at midnight, except for the L Owl which begins service at 10 p.m.
24-Hours Daily Special Owl Service: L Owl; N Owl; 5 Fulton; 14 Mission; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 25 Treasure Island; 38 Geary; 44 O'Shaughnessy; 48 Quintara/24th Street; 90 San Bruno Owl; 91 3rd Street/19th Avenue Owl.
ONGOING: Muni Track Repairs & Maintenance
Now through Friday, May 20: The SFMTA crews are performing track repair work on Church and 24th streets. Work hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The work includes track repairs and concrete excavation. Businesses and residents adjacent to the project area will experience construction noise, drilling and dust during work hours.
To facilitate the repair work, below are the traffic and parking impacts in the area:
- There will be traffic detours in the intersection. One traffic lane in each direction on 24th street between Chattanooga and Vicksburg streets will be closed.
- Left turns onto Church Street from westbound traffic on 24th Street will not be allowed. Traffic control, signage and flaggers are in place. Local access and delivery trucks will be accommodated.
- A few street parking spaces will be inaccessible at the following locations:
- 24th and Chattanooga streets
- Church and Jersey streets
- Church Street between Elizabeth and 23rd streets.
Muni service of the J Church line and the 48 Quintara/24th Street route are not affected.
ONGOING: Castro Westbound Platform Elevator Closed for Upgrades
The rehabilitation on the westbound platform elevator at Muni Castro Station has begun and will continue for about six months. During this time, the elevator will be closed for upgrades.
The SFMTA is committed to continuously improving safety and reliability for all Muni customers even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Castro elevator is the eighth of 12 being rehabilitated systemwide as part of the Muni Elevator Improvement Project. The project will greatly improve accessibility and convenience, especially for wheelchair users, seniors, and others with disabilities who benefit from elevator access.
For information on alternative Castro elevator service, visit SFMTA.com/Elevator.
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.
Construction work for the first segment of this project along 19th Avenue between Lincoln Way and Noriega Street has begun.
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 last October. The following Muni routes have been affected with the stop removal:
- 28 19th Avenue
- 91 3rd Street/19th Avenue Owl
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, cultural activities and physical distancing. The program allows the use of sidewalks, parking space, full or partial streets, or other nearby public spaces like parks and plazas for a wide range of activities responding to the COVID pandemic, 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. Riders may receive additional value up to $120 of taxi service per month per customer upon request.
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.
Broadway Tunnel Roof Repair Work
Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2022: Crews from San Francisco Public Works will be closing the southern bore of the Broadway tunnel over Memorial Day weekend to perform roof construction.
The tunnel closure will start at 8 p.m., Friday May 27 and will continue until 5 p.m., Monday May 30. During closure:
- Northern bore of tunnel will be converted to two-way operation
- Eastbound traffic will be detoured to the northern bore
- Signs and message boards will be placed along alternate routes which will bypass the tunnel onto other city streets. These routes are as follows:
- Eastbound Broadway to Northbound Van Ness Avenue to Eastbound Bush Street to Northbound Kearny Street to Broadway
- Northbound Van Ness Avenue to Eastbound Bush Street to Northbound Kearny Street to Broadway
- Northbound Van Ness Avenue to Eastbound Bay Street to southbound Columbus Avenue to Broadway
- Northbound Embarcadero to Westbound Bay Street to Van Ness Avenue
- Westbound Broadway to Northbound Columbus Avenue to Westbound Bay Street to Southbound Van Ness Avenue to Broadway