SFMTA Weekend Transit & Traffic Advisory


SFMTA Weekend Transit and Traffic Advisory

San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) releases the following upcoming event-related traffic and transit impacts for this weekend, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Anyone traveling in San Francisco can check www.sfmta.com or call 311 to find out which of the 83 Muni lines will get them where they want to go.  All road users are encouraged to be aware, share the roadway and to follow all rules to ensure everyone’s safety.  Whether you are riding Muni, taking a taxi, walking, riding a bike or driving, please remain vigilant to keep everyone safe. If you see suspicious activity, please report it.

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For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

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Chinatown Community Street Fair

Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12:  The Chinatown Community Street Fair will be held this weekend.  The street fair will take place along Grant Avenue between Clay and Broadway streets from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more event details, visit www.sanfranciscochinatown.com.

The following street closures will be required for the event from 11 p.m., Friday, February 10 to 11 p.m., Sunday, February 12.

  • Grant Avenue between California Street and Broadway
  • Pacific Avenue between Columbus Avenue and Stockton Street
  • Jackson Street between Stockton and Kearny streets
  • Washington Street between Stockton and Kearny streets
  • Intersections:  Jackson Street, Washington Street and Pacific Street on Grant Avenue
  • All alleys in the area bounded by California Street, Stockton Street, Broadway and Kearny Street

There will be heavy traffic in the area.  Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom/Pacific

Chinese New Year Parade

Saturday, February 11:  The Chinese New Year Parade will start from 2nd and Market streets at 5:15 p.m.  The parade will travel west on Market Street, north on Kearny Street, west on Post Street, north on Powell Street, east on Sutter Street, north on Kearny Street to Columbus Avenue.  The parade will disperse on Columbus Avenue between Pacific and Washington streets.

SFMTA will provide extra LRV Metro service to support the expected crowds.

Staging of the floats will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lane of Main Street between Market and Harrison streets.  The following street closures will be required:

  • From 3 p.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m.:
  • 2nd Street between Market and Mission streets
  • From 4 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m.:
  • Market Street between Beale and 3rd streets
  • Main Street between Harrison and Market streets

Starting at 4 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m., Post Street between Mason and Market streets will be closed for camera positioning for TV stations.

Cross traffic will be allowed within the staging area until 4:45 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to approximately 9 p.m., the following closures will be required:

  • Geary Street between Montgomery and Mason streets
  • Post Street between Mason and Kearny streets
  • Powell Street between Geary and Bush streets
  • Sutter Street between Mason and Montgomery streets
  • Kearny Street between Geary Street and Columbus Avenue/Pacific Street
  • The Stockton Street Tunnel

Traffic along Market Street between 4th and 2nd streets will be diverted beginning at 4 p.m.:

  • Westbound to Howard Street
  • Eastbound to Folsom Street

Beginning at 3 p.m., Mission Street between Beale and 6th streets will be designated for transit only until Market Street re-opens.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • California Cable Car
  • Powell-Mason Cable Car
  • Powell-Hyde Cable Car
  • F Market
  • 1 California
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Haight-Parnassus
  • 7 Haight/Noriega
  • 8 Bayshore
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 14 Mission
  • 14R Mission Rapid
  • 21 Hayes
  • 30 Stockton
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 38R Geary Rapid
  • 45 Union/Stockton
  • 76X-Marin Headlands Express

Giants FanFest

Saturday, February 11:  The 24th annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at AT&T Park.  An attendance of more than 50,000 participants is expected.  For more details, please visit www.sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.

Street Closure

A street closure of Terry Francois between 3rd and South streets will be required between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, February 11.

Muni Service to AT&T Park

The following Muni service will be available to and from AT&T Park:

  • E Embarcadero
  • T Third
  • N Judah
  • 10 Townsend
  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union
  • 47 Van Ness

Muni Ticket Sales

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King streets and Willie Mays Plaza between 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Options of Buying Muni Tickets

Baseball fans are encouraged to use Clipper® Card to get to AT&T Park. Customers using Bay Area public transportation systems are strongly encouraged to purchase their fares in advance or use Clipper® Card to attend the ball games. Customers using a Clipper Card receive 50 cents off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry provide the same discount on return trips. To learn more about transfer discounts, please visit transfer discounts.

For more information on using Clipper on Muni, please visit clippercard.com/muni.

Baseball fans 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.

Taxi Service

Temporary taxi stands for the event will be in place at the following locations:

  • East side of 2nd Street between King and Townsend streets (seven spaces)
  • West side of 2nd street between King and Townsend streets (two spaces)
  • West side of 2nd street between Townsend and Brannan streets (five spaces)
  • West side of 3rd street between King and Townsend streets (five spaces)

Transbay Service

Fans can also take a ferry to AT&T Park:

Special Event Parking Enforcement

Parking meters on blocks within walking distance to AT&T Park will be enforced from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays when special events or ball games take place.  Operation hours are from 9 a.m to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on special event Sundays.

As a reminder to fans, in order to reduce congestion on city streets after all events at AT&T Park, the SFMTA will close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets from the seventh inning until after the post-game traffic has died down.  Additionally, the northbound portion of the 4th Street (Peter R. Maloney) Bridge will be closed to all traffic except streetcars, buses, taxis and bicycles during the duration of the event. Giants fans parked south of Mission Creek Channel who are heading north of the channel are encouraged to exit to the south along 3rd or 4th streets in order to avoid congestion on King and 3rd streets after AT&T Park events.

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/destinations/att-park.

Motorists should expect delays on all bridges and freeways leading into San Francisco for at least two hours before the start of the event and for at least two hours after the end of the event. Fans attending the event are encouraged to take public transportation.

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit www.sfmta.com.

For regional transit information for BART, Caltrain and the ferries as well as traffic, please go to www.511.org.

For directions going to AT&T Park by various means of transportation, please visit the Giants website at http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.



Sunday, February 12: The Third Street Bridge will undergo a structural inspection to prepare for the upcoming Third Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

The inspection will require a full street closure of 3rd Street between Berry and Terry A Francois streets, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

During the closure, motorists are advised to use alternate routes:

  • Vehicular traffic traveling along northbound and southbound 3rd Street may use 16th, 7th or Brannan streets.
  • Pedestrians or cyclists traveling along northbound and southbound 3rd Street may use Berry, 4th or Channel streets.

Construction scheduling is subject to change due to weather delays, equipment problems, and/or unforseen field conditions.

For more information and project updates, please visit www.sfpublicworks.org.

UPDATE:  Van Ness Improvement Project

This civic improvement project will bring San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. To maximize the benefits of construction, we will also be replacing major utilities including water, sewer and emergency firefighting water systems, repaving Van Ness Avenue, enhancing streetlights and landscaping, and installing new sidewalk lighting and rain gardens.

Construction in the median of Van Ness has begun and includes the removal of contaminated soil, 86 trees and the concrete curb. This work is necessary to provide room for construction activity and to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction over the next three years of construction. Curbside utility work is scheduled to begin in April.

Traffic Impact:

From Tuesday, February 7, through Friday, February 17, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the existing bus stop on Van Ness and Sutter will be temporarily relocated from the far side north to the far side of Van Ness and Fern.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 47 Van Ness
  • 49 Van Ness/Mission
  • 90 San Bruno Owl

On Sunday, February 12, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the Overhead Contact System that powers the electric buses will be removed on Sacramento Street.

Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen field conditions.

For more project details and the latest construction updates, please visit sfmta.com/vanness.


Monday, January 23 until Further Notice:  SF Public Works has closed southbound Great Highway between Sloat and Skyline boulevards.

Southbound Great Highway between Sloat and Skyline boulevards will be closed 24 hours a day until SF Public Works determines the roadway is safe to use. Northbound Great Highway remains open. Traffic is being routed to Skyline Boulvard via eastbound Sloat Boulevard.

There is no impact on Muni service.

ONGOING:  Green Light Rail Center Track Replacement Project

Since Tuesday September 6, the K-Ingleside and J-Church were rerouted around the Balboa Park Station and will last until approximately March 2017.

Temporary Change to K-Ingleside Rail Service:

  • The first and last stop for both inbound and outbound travel is at the City College Pedestrian Bridge on Ocean Avenue
  • There is no direct service to the Balboa Park Station

For direct K service, passengers can transfer at Ocean and Lee to the following frequently serviced Muni routes:

  • 8-Bayshore (transfer on the Phelan bus loop on Ocean and Phelan)
  • 29-Sunset (transfer at the Ocean and Lee stop in front of Whole Foods).
  • 49-Van Ness/Mission (transfer on the City College bus loop on Ocean and Phelan)

To reach Balboa Park Station, passengers can also walk about three accessible blocks from the City College Pedestrian Bridge stop to the Ocean Avenue entrance of the station.

Temporary Change to J-Church Rail Service:

  • Both inbound and outbound service is on San Jose Avenue

Customers traveling inbound should board at the temporary stop in the southeast corner of San Jose and Geneva avenues, across the street from the inbound stop for the M Ocean View line (Accessible boarding at Seneca Avenue).

Customers travelling outbound will be dropped off at the existing accessible M line stop on San Jose Avenue at Geneva Avenue (Accessible off-boarding at Wayside lift).

For more project details, please visit sfmta.com/greenlightrail.

ONGOING:  Construction of Mission Bay Loop

Now until Further Notice:  The SFMTA has resumed construction on 18th, 19th and Illinois streets, the project is expected to be completed in five to six months.

The Mission Bay Loop is a key component for San Francisco’s T Third rail line and is critical to operating the T Third Central Subway service plan. The loop provides turn-around capabilities for the T Third Street light rail line via a connection of trackway from 3rd Street to 18th, Illinois and 19th streets, which will allow the SFMTA to operate the necessary service levels needed to support current and planned growth within the eastern portion of San Francisco.

Traffic, including travelling by bike, may be affected by the construction work.  All work areas will be clearly marked and there will be flaggers to help direct traffic.  Travelling around and through the construction area should expect minor delays.

In November, the contractor began installation of six Overhead Contact System (OSC) poles which will hold electric wires that feed energy to Muni’s light rail vehicles. The work was completed on December 1.

On December 5, the contractor began the sewer excavation work starting at 19th and Illinois streets.  The work will take roughly two to three months to complete and will affect approximately 80 feet of space in all directions from the intersection.

Local access to properties along the project site will be maintained.

For project details or to sign up to receive project updates, please visit:


ONGOING:  Polk Streetscape Project

The Polk Streetscape Project is an effort to create a safer, more vibrant corridor for all residents of San Francisco. In addition to increasing safety for everyone traveling on Polk Street, this project will incorporate new lighting, landscaping and street infrastructure. The project is anticipated to be completed in six segments, with construction taking approximately 24 months to complete. General work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Construction began on October 17 with sewer work on North Point Street, from Polk to Larkin streets.

San Francisco Public Works will be working to incorporate key safety, sewer and water utility infrastructure improvements and streetscape enhancements along Polk Street, from Beach to McAllister streets. Improvements also include: paving, ADA curb ramps installation, alleyway improvements, sidewalk bulb-outs and bus bulb-outs, traffic signal upgrades, street light upgrades and bicycle lane improvements.

Traffic/Transit Impact

  • At times, there may be temporary intersection or lane closures as crews perform work resulting in possible travel delays. Please plan to allow for extra travel time during construction due to possible delays.
  • Traffic will be routed around construction activity as necessary. Pedestrian pathways and access to driveways and commercial/residential buildings will be maintained at all times.

For more project details, please visit sfpublicworks.org/polk.

Upcoming Events February and March

RSA Conference 2017

Monday, February 13 through Friday, February 17:  The annual RSA Conference, with more than 30,000 attendees, will be held at Moscone Center during the week.

For more event details, visit https://www.rsaconference.com/events/us17.

The following street closure will be in place to facilitate shuttle services from 5 a.m., Monday, February 13 to 3 p.m., Friday, February 17:

  • 4th Street (westernmost traffic lane only) between Minna and Howard streets

Traffic will be heavier than usual in the area.  Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

Chinatown New Year Run

Sunday, February 19:  The Chinatown New Year Run will begin at 8 a.m. and be followed by a festival in Portsmouth Square.

For more event details, visit http://www.chineseparade.com/ymca.asp.

More details to follow.

President’s Day Holiday Muni Service and Parking Enforcement

Monday, February 20 (President’s Day Holiday):  Muni service will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Parking meters, seven-day and night street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Residential parking permits, Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping and commuter towaway will not be enforced.

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 the 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)

Critical Mass

Friday, February 24:  The Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza at 6 p.m.

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

REMINDER:  Parking Meter Rate Adjustment

Wednesday, February 1:  A rate adjustment was made for on-street parking meters in SFpark areas which includes Civic Center/Hayes Valley, Downtown, Fillmore, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, Mission Bay, and SoMa.  The new adjustment takes effect on Wednesday, February 1.

The meter rate adjustment will:

  • decrease by 25 cents during 16% of metered hours
  • stay the same 74% of metered hours
  • increase by 25 cents during 10% of metered hours