Weekend Traffic And Transit Disruptions: Muni Goes On Spring Break, 3rd Street Closure, Church Street’s Transit Only Lane

3rd Street Segment Closure
As part of the Mission Bay Development, a roadway segment of 3rd Street is undergoing pavement renovation, curb and gutter work, from Monday, Feb. 25 to Monday, March 25.

Motorists are reminded of the closure of southbound lanes on 3rd Street, between 16th and Mariposa streets. During the closure, southbound traffic on 3rd Street will be detoured to Illinois Street, left onto 16th Street, right onto Illinois Street, right onto Mariposa Street and left back onto 3rd Street.

Muni service will not be affected.

Transit-Only Lane Pilot Project
From Saturday to Tuesday, the SFMTA will apply red paint on the track lane on Church Street for the “Transit-Only Lane” pilot project.

No traffic will be allowed on the track lane for both northbound and southbound Church Street between Duboce and 15th streets while painting is in progress.

On Saturday, Church Street between Duboce and Market streets will be painted. From 5 a.m., Saturday to 1 a.m., Sunday, J Church line will not operate in the subway. Inbound J Church customers continuing downtown will need to transfer from the stop on Church Street south of Market to Metro service in the Church Street Station. Outbound J Line customers should take a K Ingleside, L Taraval or M Ocean View train to Church Street Station.

On Sunday, Church Street between Market and 15th streets will be painted. J Church line will run on usual route. Bus stops served on Island will be moved to the curb. The following Muni routes will run on curb lane and will serve all stops:

· 22 Fillmore
· 37 Corbett

Church Street between 15th and 16th streets will be painted on the nights of Monday and Tuesday. Track lane on Church Street between 15th and 16th streets will be closed to traffic for painting and drying from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Reminder of Spring Break Muni Schedule
Due to a reduction in ridership during the spring breaks for San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Unified School District, Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29, Muni will implement minor daytime frequency adjustments. In addition, several commute routes will see permanent minor adjustments to provide greater efficiency for those schedules.

The SFMTA Strategic Plan calls for the Agency to make limited schedule adjustments during seasonal ridership lulls in order to be more efficient with public funds. The changes being implemented March 25 to 29 will be minor and reduce employee overtime and vehicle maintenance for the week—saving the Agency approximately $45,000. The first implementation of such changes made in December matched the reduced demand and saved the Agency $275,000. Similar schedule changes may also be put in place during the summer.

The upcoming changes are based on data collected last year that compared the number of people riding Muni during the 2012 spring break to a regular week during the spring. The data showed a nearly 17 percent decrease in riders at the busiest time in the morning and almost a nine percent decrease at the busiest point in the afternoon.

The following lines will have minor frequency adjustments during the morning and afternoon commutes March 25 to 29:

· 8AX/8BX Bayshore Express
· 9L San Bruno Limited
· 14 Mission Local
· 22 Fillmore
· 24 Divisadero
· 29 Sunset
· 31 Balboa
· 38 Geary
· 43 Masonic
· 48 Quintara-24th Street
· 49 Van Ness-Mission

In addition, the 28L 19th Avenue Limited which focuses on school trips will not operate. Regular weekday frequencies on these routes will be restored on Monday, April 1.

Permanent Muni Schedule Changes

Also starting on Monday, March 25, the following permanent schedule changes will go into effect in order to:

· 80X Gateway Express trip at 7:05 a.m. will be discontinued. Passengers may take the 82X Levi Plaza Express departing Caltrain at 7:05 a.m. The 82X serves all 80X stops.

· 82X Levi Plaza Express trip at 8:30 a.m. will be discontinued. Passengers may take the 8:25 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. 82X trips.

· 1AX, 1BX, 31AX, 31BX, 38AX, and 38BX – Minor adjustments to the afternoon commute departure times from downtown to improve service reliability.

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