SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory for Weekend of Saturday, September 18, 2021
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, from Friday, Sept. 17 through Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.
For details of Muni re-routes, visit SFMTA.com/Updates. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.
Federal Law Requires Face Masks on Muni
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, federal law requires wearing a mask in Muni stations and while riding transit. Violations can result in denial of boarding or removal from Muni and may carry federal penalties. Face coverings like scarves and bandanas do not meet this requirement. Under guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taxi drivers are required to wear a face covering while transporting passengers. For more information, please visit sfmta.com/COVID.
UPDATE: Resuming of Enforcement of Peak Hour Tow-Away Zones
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SFMTA’s towing programs were temporarily suspended in March 2020. As the city has reopened and traffic has returned, beginning on Monday, Sept. 20, the SFMTA will resume enforcement of peak hour commuter tow-away zones. For additional information visit SFMTA.com/COVID19.
- Vehicles parked at tow-away zones during restricted peak hours will be subject to citation and towing.
- The reinstated tow-away enforcement will not apply to shared spaces that allow merchants to use sidewalks, full or partial streets and other nearby outdoor spaces under San Francisco’s Public Health Orders.
Note: Towing for all other violations will continue. These include but are not limited to tows for violations of 72-hour overtime parking limits, vehicles with expired registrations over six months and vehicles with five or more delinquent parking citations.
San Francisco Giants Baseball Game
Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19: The San Francisco Giants will play three home games against the Atlanta Braves at the ballpark. Listed below are start times for these games: 1) 6:45 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17; 2) 6:05 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18; and 3) 1:05 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19.
To accommodate events that will take place at the ballpark, the following street closures will be enforced:
- Two and a half hours before the opening pitch, the SFMTA will close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets to vehicle traffic. King Street will reopen after first pitch until the seventh inning.
- From the seventh inning until post-game traffic dies down, the SFMTA will again close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets to vehicle traffic in order to reduce congestion on city streets.
- Additionally, the northbound portion of the 4th Street Bridge (Peter R. Maloney Bridge) will be closed to all traffic except Muni, taxis and bicycles during the post-game period.
- 2nd Street, west side, between Brannan and King Streets
- 2nd Street, east side, between Townsend and King Streets
- 3rd Street, east side, north of King Street
Special Event Parking Rates
During baseball games and other major events with more than 10,000 expected attendees at the Oracle Park, parking meters close to the ballpark 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 ballpark, 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.
San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association Event
Saturday, Sept. 18: 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 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday.
The 25 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected.
Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival
Saturday, Sept. 18: The Richmond District Autumn Moon Festival will take place on Clement Street between 6th and 9th avenues, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The following street closures will be required from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday:
- Clement Street between 6th and 9th avenues
- 7th Avenue between Cornwall Street and Geary Boulevard
- 8th Avenue between Cornwall Street and Geary Boulevard
- Intersections: 7th and 8th avenues at Clement Street
There will be no impact on Muni Service.
San Francisco Marathon
Sunday, Sept. 19: The annual San Francisco Marathon will begin from The Embarcadero and Mission Street at 5:30 a.m., with staggered starts continuing until 6:30 a.m. The route for the full marathon looped north along The Embarcadero, through Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina into the Presidio, crossed Golden Gate Bridge, then returns to the Presidio and continues into the Richmond District, running south on 26th and 27th avenues. The race continues through Golden Gate Park, and then through the Haight, crossing Market Street at Guerrero Street, and then runs through the Mission District primarily on 16th Street to Mission Bay, then heads up Terry Francois to return to The Embarcadero and the finish line. There are six additional races that are staged on portions of the route for the full marathon. Approximately 10,000 runners are expected. For more event details, visit https://www.thesfmarathon.com/.
This will be a large citywide running event. Traffic in the area will be affected as soon as the race begins. The following are travel options to cross the marathon route:
- Richmond District: all streets with exceptions of Lake Street and El Camino Del Mar
- Dogpatch: 18th and 20th Street
- Great Highway
- 19th Avenue
- Steiner Street
- Fillmore Street
- Valencia Street
- Mission Street
- South Van Ness Avenue
- Folsom Street (from 15th to 17 streets)
- Bryan Street
- Potrero Avenue
- Kansas Street
- De Haro Street
Travelers should expect transit and travel 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 5:30 a.m. and conclude in the early afternoon.
Various additional street closures will be required between 5 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. throughout the race route including in the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Additional detail of race day traffic advisory with suggested detours can be found at http://www.thesfmarathon.com/race-weekend/traffic-advisory/.
During the street closures, the following Muni lines and routes will be affected: F Market; K Ingleside (AM Bus); K/T Ingleside/Third Street; N Judah; N Judah (AM Bus); T Third Street (AM Bus); 1 California; 5 Fulton; 7 Haight/Noriega; 8 Bayshore; 9 San Bruno; 12 Folsom/Pacific; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 19 Polk; 22 Fillmore; 24 Divisadero; 27 Bryant; 28 19th Avenue; 29 Sunset; 31 Balboa; 33 Ashbury/18th; 37 Corbett; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid; 39 Coit; 43 Masonic; 44 O’Shaughnessy; 48 Quintara/24th Street; 49 Van Ness/Mission; 55 Dogpatch.
29 Sunset: There will be NO service to Baker Beach until 10 a.m.
Taxi Service: Between 12:01 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, there will be temporary taxi stands for the event at the following locations:
- Clay Street between Drumm and Davis streets
- North side of Drumm Street (Six Spots Only)
Sunday, Sept. 19: The historic march through SoMa will take place on Sunday.
This year the Leather Walk will begin at City Hall at 11 a.m. and proceed down Polk Street to Market Street, then down to 11th Street to Folsom Street, then to various locations within the Leather Cultural District, ending up at Eagle Plaza at 12th and Harrrison streets.
There will be a street closure of 12th Street between Bernice and Harrison streets from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday.
There will be no impact on Muni service.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 26: A street closure of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets is required for the Dreamforce Convention beginning at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 and continuing through 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26.
Tuesday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 23: Salesforce will be holding its yearly Dreamforce Convention with a select few attendees at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, while the rest of the world will be joining virtually. Conference hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Attendance will be drastically reduced from past years with no pedestrian crowds anticipated. For more information, visit https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/.
Significant traffic congestion is anticipated around Moscone Center between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily for the duration of the closure, particularly to the east of 4th Street. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or use alternate routes.
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 will be a signed bicycle detour 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 will have the option to dismount at Howard and 3rd streets and walk their bicycle through the event along the north sidewalk.
Signage will be placed in advance of the street closures and detour routes.
SFMTA Parking Control Officers and San Francisco Police Officers will be deployed at key intersections throughout the closures.
The following Muni routes will be affected: 8 Bayshore; 8AX Bayshore A Express; 8BX Bayshore B Express; 12 Folsom; 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton.
Nearby taxi stands at the following location
- 692 Howard Street, in front of the W San Francisco Hotel
- 888 Howard Street, in front of the InterContinental Hotel
CONSTRUCTION WORK AND OTHER UPDATES
UPDATE: Van Ness Improvement Project
On Friday, Sept. 17, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, crews are scheduled to work on traffic improvements, remaining overhead power installations, traffic signal wiring and hardware installations, light pole setting, and related work at the following locations:
- Van Ness between Filbert and Union streets
- Van Ness between Union and Green streets
- Van Ness between Grove and Hayes streets
- Van Ness between Hayes and Fell streets
- Van Ness between Market and Mission streets
Work that requires reducing Van Ness Avenue to one lane in each direction will be 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 www.sfmta.com/vanness.
Change to SFMTA’s Customer Service Center
The SFMTA’s Customer Service Center (CSC) has been providing service including: 1) Sales of Residential Parking Permit; 2) Community Service Enrollment; 3) Payment Plan Enrollment; and 4) Lifeline Program Enrollment. Sales of Lifeline monthly passes will be available. For more information on the Lifeline program and sales locations, visit www.SFMTA.com/Lifeline For more information on the Customer Service Center, visit www.SFMTA.com/CustomerServiceCenter.
Since Saturday, Sept. 4, business hours for the following transit kiosks have been changed:
- Hyde and Beach Service Kiosk
- Bay and Taylor Service Kiosk located next to the Cable Car turnaround (reopened since closure in March 2021)
- Powell and Market Service Kiosk located next to the Cable Car turnaround
Operation hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., seven days a week, including holidays. These kiosks are closed for two 30-minute breaks daily: 1) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 2) from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Since Saturday, Sept. 4, business hours at the Presidio Service Kiosk (located at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Presidio Avenue) have been changed.
Operation hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, seven days a week, excluding major holidays. This kiosk is closed for break from 12:30 to 1 p.m. daily.
The following SFMTA services are available at all locations:
- Purchase of Parking Meter Card
- Purchase of Cable Car Tickets
- Purchase of 1-day, 3-day and 7-day Passports
The following Clipper service is 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
The following services are available at Presidio Service Kiosk (located at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Presidio Avenue):
- Retrieve paper applications for Community Service and Payment Plan. Application for Enrollment of Low-Income Discount Program
- Customers can also drop off complete applications for these programs at any of these locations.
- Payments for Parking and Transit citations (citation number or license plate required)
The last day of lifeline monthly passes sales at 170 Otis Street will be Wednesday, Sept. 15, the SFMTA service kiosk at 170 Otis Street will be permanently closed for business effective Thursday, Sept. 16.
Sales of Lifeline Passes
Effective the month of Oct. 2021, sales of monthly lifeline pass run by Human Service Agency (HSA) will reopen:
- 170 Otis Street: sales will be available the last three business days of the month and the first three business days of the subsequent month.
- 3120 Mission Street: sales will be available the last two business days of the month and first two business days of the subsequent month.
ONGOING: Muni’s COVID-19 Core Service Network
Some Muni routes have been modified as a result of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and the city’s former health order. On Saturday, Aug. 14, the SFMTA implemented another round of COVID-19 Core Service changes, with 18 routes being restored, expanded or modified. Services hours were also extended on select bus routes, visit the Service Changes webpage for details. Muni’s transit system is expected to normalize in 2022. For details on Muni’s current routes and service, visit individual route webpages or the Muni Core Service Plan. For more information about Muni Metro rail service and Metro bus substitution, visit the Rail Recovery 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.
Until further notice, Muni buses will continue to serve the L Taraval Metro line.
- Core Routes in Service: F Market & Wharves (Fisherman’s Wharf and Castro & Market streets); J Church (Balboa Park to Church & Duboce streets); 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); 9 San Bruno, 9R San Bruno Rapid (weekday only); 12 Folsom/Pacific (Financial District to Russian 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; 54 Felton (Daly City BART to Hunters Point); 55 Dogpatch; 56 Rutland; 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.
- The following routes are running 24 hours a day or providing 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: 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: 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: 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.