COVID-19 Developments & Response
We are closely monitoring what is happening with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.
Last updated on 7/1/20
July 1: Updated parking meter pricing
June 11: Added info about Shared Spaces permit to use the sidewalk or parking lane for businesses
June 9: Some Muni routes restored and frequency increases starting 6/13
June 5: Street cleaning enforcement will resume starting 6/15
Face coverings are required for people in San Francisco in public facilities and when outside of the home, including waiting for and riding transit, or taking a taxi or shuttle. Face coverings should:
- Securely cover the nose and mouth.
- Can be a homemade mask or bandanna, scarf or similar item. Please refrain from buying hospital-grade masks so those are available for health care workers and first responders.
- Cloth face coverings should be cleaned frequently with soap and water.
- Wash your hands before and after putting on and taking off a face covering.
- Remember that wearing a face covering is not a substitute for staying at home, staying six feet apart and frequent handwashing.
Please do not ride Muni if you are feeling ill, except as necessary to seek medical care after consulting with your medical provider. We're also asking customers to only take Muni for essential trips that can’t be made by walking, biking or other modes of transportation.
Backdoor boarding is required on all vehicles, except for passengers in wheelchairs or with other accessibility needs. If you need assistance, please request to board from the front door and an operator will help you access the ramp or the kneeler.
Muni Core Service Plan
In order to prioritize limited resources, Muni service has been reduced to focus on our most-used lines. This approach 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 core routes that remain in service, with some modifications include:
- L Taraval Bus, M Ocean View Bus (shortened), N Judah Bus, T Third Bus, 1 California, 5 Fulton, 8 Bayshore (modified route), 9 San Bruno, 12 Folsom (shortened), 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 19 Polk, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 25 Treasure Island, 28 19th Avenue (shortened), 29 Sunset, 38 Geary, 38R Geary Rapid, 44 O’Shaughnessy (shortened), 49 Van Ness/Mission (longer route), 54 Felton (shortened), 714 BART Early Bird Shuttle
- Get route-specific details on Muni lines that are currently in service
UPDATE: Beginning Saturday, June 13, the SFMTA will increase Muni service and frequency, add select routes back into service and extend some current routes to continue to support essential trips:
- N Judah Bus: Will begin using longer 60-foot buses (weekdays)
- 5 Fulton: Service extended to Ocean Beach to include the full route
- 7 Noriega: Service restored as a shortened route between Ortega/48th and Funston/Irving
- 28 19th Avenue: Service extended north to California/7th Avenue
- 30 Stockton: Full route restored
- 38 Geary: From 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the outbound 38 Geary will go to Fort Miley/VA Hospital and end at Geary/32nd instead of 48th/Point Lobos
- 43 Masonic: Service restored as a shortened route between Masonic/Geary and Munich/Geneva
- Increased frequencies on the L Bus, T Bus and 14R Mission Rapid (weekdays) and L Owl (daily)
This more frequent service will allow for better physical distancing on higher-ridership routes for essential trips. We are able to make these changes due to an increase in staffing availability and additional bus cleaning programs. Decisions about where to increase the frequency of Muni service are informed by ridership data.
Map of Muni Core Service effective June 13. Also included: Golden Gate Transit, BART and CalTrain services in San Francisco.
Muni Metro Service
Metro subway stations are closed, except for downtown stations remain open for BART service during their operating hours. Find wayfinding maps and a complete list of where Muni buses are stopping along Market Street.
Muni Owl Service
Late-night Owl service will begin at a new, earlier time starting every night at 10:00 p.m. instead of 1:00 a.m. All regular Owl routes will operate with the exception of the 5 Fulton and 48 Quintara/24th Street, which will be temporarily discontinued. The following lines will run 24 hours a day or provide 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 (*Owl route is different than daytime route)
- See the COVID-19 Muni Owl Service Plan map for route details
Golden Gate Transit: Additional Bus Service
Golden Gate Transit has begun picking up Muni passengers at all Golden Gate Transit bus stops in San Francisco. Stops that were drop-off only or pick-up only will temporarily support local travel for both drop-offs and pick-ups.
- Financial District service: Routes operate weekdays between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Financial District via Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf and Levi’s Plaza.
- Civic Center service: Routes operate daily between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Salesforce Transit Center via Lombard Street (and Geary Blvd on weekdays), Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street.
Golden Gate Transit fares apply, and Clipper customers will need to both tag on and tag off at the end of their trip. The following fare changes are effective July 1:
- Adult Cash: $4.75 / Adult Clipper: $3.80 / Youth/Senior/Medicare/Disabled: $2.25 (no change)
Paratransit service continues to operate as normal so that customers can travel for essential needs. Effective April 17 at midnight, face coverings are required when taking a taxi or shuttle. We ask riders to cancel any non-essential trips. If you are a paratransit customer and you need to cancel a previously scheduled SF Access trip, please call 415.285.6945 as soon as possible.
The SF Paratransit Office will operate with limited capacity during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.). Teller window hours are subject to change.
During this time, reduced staffing will be available to accept cash payments for monthly taxi debit card allotments only.
Essential Trip Card
Recent temporary transit changes are hard for many people with disabilities and older adults for whom walking farther to an alternate bus or paying for other transportation isn’t possible. To address this need, the SFMTA is announcing the Essential Trip Card to help older adults and people with disabilities take and pay for essential trips in taxis during this crisis.
The Essential Trip Card will provide about two to three round trips per month at 20% of the cost of a regular cab ride fare. If you are a 65+ years old or person with a disability, you can apply for the Essential Trip Card by calling 311 and mentioning the program or visiting the Essential Trip Card program page to learn more.
Shop-a-Round Helps You Get Around
Shop-a-Round is a convenient, low-cost shuttle or subsidized taxi ride that makes it easier to go grocery shopping. This SFMTA service offers registered seniors and people with disabilities personalized assistance and a ride to/from the grocery store.
- A customer does not have to be ADA-paratransit eligible to use the service.
- The service takes customers to select supermarkets in San Francisco to shop.
- The driver will help carry groceries on and off the shuttle/taxi.
Essential Worker Ride Home Program
The City’s new Essential Worker Ride Home program supports essential employees in San Francisco impacted by public transportation reductions. The program offers a taxi ride home from work to qualifying participants. To be eligible, you must commute to work via a sustainable mode of transportation and commute home between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about eligibility and how to apply on SF Environment's website.
Taxis and Ramp Taxis
Taxi services continue to operate as an essential service. Individual taxi companies are following best practices to minimize the risks of transmission. Effective April 17 at midnight, face coverings are required when taking a taxi or shuttle.
To request a taxi you can continue to hail them in the street or at the nearest taxi stand. You can also search the taxi directory or the wheelchair accessible ramp taxi directory for links to apps and contact information. During this time, the Emergency Ride Home program provided by official taxis will continue for individuals who work in San Francisco and are fulfilling essential job functions.
Taxi Drivers: Please see the COVID-19 Taxi Services Updates page or call 415.701.4400 for information on how Taxi Services is responding to the pandemic. The Taxi Services window is closed until further notice.
Bikeshare and Scooter Share
With roads that are relatively quiet, commuting by bike or scooter is easier than ever and an enjoyable alternative to getting around the city for essential trips. We are sharing best practices with operators that remain in service to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.
San Francisco bikeshare operators are offering free membership and rides to healthcare and essential workers, along with modified service. For more information, see the operator updates around COVID-19.
Car sharing services continue to provide short-term rental of vehicles of various sizes for grocery shopping and other essential trips. Effective April 17 at midnight, face coverings are required when riding in a carshare.
Beginning the week of April 20, some streets will be closed to through vehicle traffic 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 will not be closed completely and local vehicle access will be allowed (e.g., driveway access for residents).
- People walking/running in the street will not have the 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 Slow Streets and see a map.
Shared Spaces: Use the Sidewalk or Parking Lane for Your Business
Apply for a free, temporary Shared Spaces permit to use the sidewalk or parking lane for business operations, like seating, dining or retail pickup. This temporary permit is valid until December 31, 2020, though it may be revoked earlier.
Street cleaning update: To ensure our streets are clean and ready to support the city as we start reopening, parking violations for street sweeping will be enforced beginning on Monday, June 15. Please move your car on your designated street cleaning day(s).
Individuals who receive a street cleaning citation who are unable to move their vehicle should submit a citation protest to have their citation overturned. When completing the protest form you must either 1) submit proof of age (60+ years old), or 2) provide a letter from a health care provider indicating that you are part of a vulnerable population or have been instructed to quarantine/isolate.
Enforcement will be temporarily suspended for the following:
- 72-hour parking limit and towing
- All time limit parking (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, etc.)
- Residential Permit Parking (RPP) permits
- Commuter shuttles
- Peak-hour towaway zones
The SFMTA will prioritize enforcing parking rules that impact health and safety:
- Fire hydrant zones
- Red and yellow zones; and "No Stopping" or "No Parking" zones
- White passenger loading zones, except in front of schools while they are out of session
- Blocked driveways, double parking and parking on sidewalks
- Parking in bike or transit lanes
Parking Meters: Starting Monday, July 6, due to increasing demand for parking near local businesses and after a temporary reduction in meter rates and suspension of time limits during the initial shelter-in-place orders, the SFMTA plans to update meter pricing and reprioritize enforcement by:
- Restoring standard meter rates with a $0.50 discount. Meter rates vary throughout San Francisco, based on the demand for parking on the block and the time of day. We plan to restore meter prices back to pre-COVID-19 levels with a $0.50/hour decrease. The minimum rate will be $0.50 per hour. Motorcycle meter rates will be fully restored.
- Restoring pre-COVID parking meter time limits. This ensures that people don’t leave their vehicles in one space all day, preventing others from accessing commercial corridors.
- Accelerating the demand-responsive pricing process. We typically adjust meter prices (up, down or stay flat) based on demand data every 3 months. These increases or decreases are in $0.25 increments to make sure our policy is reflective of how many people are using an area. With so many unknowns during the health crisis, we will look to adjust rates every 6 weeks so we can better reflect San Francisco’s changing needs.
- Reprioritizing meter enforcement. SFMTA Parking Control Officers will begin regular meter enforcement on Monday, July 13th.
City Business Parking Permits: Expiration date on current permits has been extended from 6/30/20 to 9/1/20.
To minimize risk to the public and our garage staff, the SFMTA has closed some city-owned parking garages and limited others to monthly pass-holders only. We are prioritizing maintaining access to garages that are near essential services like medical facilities or markets.
The following garages will be closed to the public until further notice:
- Moscone Center Garage (call 415-765-9069 for assistance)
These garages will be open only to monthly pass holders:
- Kezar Lot (call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Ellis-O'Farrell Garage - Enter and exit on Ellis Street (call 415-765-9069 for assistance)
The following garages are currently open to the public:
- Zuckerberg General Hospital Garage
- St. Mary's Square Garage
- 5th and Mission Garage
- Sutter and Stockton Garage
- Union Square Garage
- Civic Center Garage
- North Beach Garage
- Vallejo Street Garage
- Pierce Garage
- Portsmouth Square Garage
- 7th and Harrison Lot
- Japan Center Garage (Modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Japan Center Annex Garage (Modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Golden Gateway Garage (Weekdays on modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Lombard Garage (Modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Mission-Bartlett Garage (Modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- 16th and Hoff Garage (Modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Performing Arts Garage (Modified hours only, please call 415-956-8003 for assistance)
- Polk-Bush Garage - (Modified hours only, please call 415-765-9069 for assistance)
Fines and Fees
Until further notice the SFMTA will take the following the actions:
- Suspend new late penalties on citations
- Extend deadlines for submitting citation protests
- Extend citation/boot/tow hearings deadlines – you may request 48-hour tow hearing at email@example.com or call 415.701.5401
- Extend deadlines for active community service programs
- Extend deadlines for completing active payment plans
- No longer forward additional delinquent citations to the Department of Motor Vehicles or Special Collections
- Correcting compliance tickets -DMV/PD sign-off is not required
- Mail in $10 payment with a letter noting that the issuance reason has been corrected
Customer Service Center and Passes/Cards
The Customer Service Center at 11 South Van Ness Avenue is temporarily closed.
- Lifeline Passes: No Lifeline passes will be sold until further notice. Lifeline IDs, regardless of the monthly sticker displayed, are valid as proof of payment.
- Clipper Cards: Go to the Clipper card website to order youth/senior Clipper cards by mail or for other sales locations
Regional Transit Card Discount ID Office
The Regional Transit Card Discount ID Office is temporarily closed.
You can download the RTC Renewal or Lost Card Application online to receive a new card through the mail. If you have any questions, please call 415.646.2224, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Special Event Street Closure Permits
All special events are cancelled through April 7, 2020.
Lost and Found
Muni Lost and Found will be processed on a reduced schedule. Items will arrive at the lost and found office two to three business days from the time they are located, and it may take up to seven business days for you to be contacted.
To minimize exposure, we will only return critical items such as phones, medication, wallets, keys, travel documents, identification documents, etc. at this time. All other items may be picked up when the public health order is lifted and business resumes as usual.
Safety Measures We Are Taking
The safety of SFMTA employees and customers is our top priority. There remains no specific risk to transit or paratransit riders regarding Coronavirus, however, we are taking extra precautions to limit exposure.
Muni car cleaners, station custodians, and paratransit personnel are cleaning vehicles and high-touch surfaces regularly. Daily vehicle cleaning includes safe, strong disinfectants on high-touch surfaces at the end of service. High-touch surfaces such as railings in Muni subway stations are cleaned approximately every four hours.
In addition to the extra cleaning protocols, we are requiring operators to always use their security partitions. Operators have been given guidance that they can skip stops if their vehicles become too crowded to maintain social distancing between passengers.
You can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend these simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Those who are 60 and older, or with a health condition or a weakened immune system should limit outings and avoid community events.
For city and local Department of Emergency Management updates about COVID-19, text "COVID19SF" to 888-777.
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