Weekend Traffic And Transit Disruptions: Bay To Breakers, Giants Games, Asian Heritage Festival

Muni Express Service for Bay to Breakers Race
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will provide pre- and post-race Express service on several Muni rail lines and bus routes for the annual Bay to Breakers Race on Sunday, May 18. In addition, BART will operate special early Sunday morning service and Bauer will operate express buses from Mill Valley, Emeryville and Millbrae BART stations for the race. The SFMTA strongly encourages race participants to use public transportation to this event.

One of the largest running events in the world, the Bay to Breakers will close many streets from the starting line at Howard and Beale streets on the east side of San Francisco to the finish line on the west side of the city on the Great Highway near Fulton Street. Once the race begins, travelers will only have two options to cross the race course from north-south, 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 street closures, please visit this page.

For event course map, please visit this page.

Pre- and Post- Event Muni Fare
Muni customers may purchase their fare in advance. SFMTA staff will sell Muni fares at the following locations:

Pre- Race (From 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
Van Ness Station
Castro Station
West Portal Station

Post-Race (From 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

47th Avenue and Fulton Street

All express Muni service will be provided at the regular fare.

Pre-Race Express Service, 4:45 to 6:30 a.m.
The 5 Limited Bus will depart from Fulton Street and 47th Avenue, making stops at all limited stops between 47th Avenue and Beale and Mission streets.
The 38 Limited Bus will provide regular route service departing from 48th and Point Lobos avenues to Beale and Mission streets.
The N Judah Express Bus will depart from Judah and La Playa streets, making local stops to 19th Avenue, then travel express to 1st and Market and Battery streets.
Muni Metro service will run from West Portal to Embarcadero Station, making stops at Forest Hill, Castro, Church and Van Ness stations, then express to Embarcadero Station.
N Judah Line will provide service from Judah and 19th Avenue to Van Ness Station, then express to Embarcadero Station

Post-Race Service, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to the local Muni routes that serve Golden Gate Park, post-race Express 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.
5 Fulton Express Bus will depart from Fulton Street at 47th Avenue and will operate to Sansome and Sutter streets (Montgomery BART station).
5 Limited Bus will depart from Fulton Street and 47th Avenue and will operate on regular limited stops with last stop at Beale and Mission streets.
5 Fulton Bus will depart from La Playa and Cabrillo streets and will operate on regular inbound route with last stop at Beale and Mission streets.
N Judah Express Bus will provide express service on the south side of Golden Gate Park from Judah and La Playa streets, will operate on regular stops until 19th Avenue and express to Sansome and Sutter streets.

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 and John F. Kennedy Drive for approximately four hours. This effectively cuts the City in half.
Affected Muni lines: F, N, 2, 5, 6, 8x, 9, 10, 12, 14, 14L, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49, 71, 108; Sunday morning bus service on K, M, N and T lines.
Affected city areas: Downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, Golden Gate Park.
Pre-race service hours: 4:45 to 6:45 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 to Market and Battery streets.
Pre-race Muni Metro service will be provided from West Portal, Castro, Church and Van Ness stations to Embarcadero Station.
Pre-race N-Judah service will be provided from Judah Street and 19th Avenue.
Post-race 5 Fulton express bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street. These buses will travel express to Sansom and Sutter streets.
Post-race 5 Fulton bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street and will operate on regular limited stops to Beale and Mission streets.
Post-race N Judah express bus service will be provided from Judah and La Playa streets to Sansome and Sutter streets, make regular stops until 19th Avenue and express to Sansome and Sutter streets.
More than 25 Muni routes and lines will be affected.
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.

Baseball Game Traffic Reroutes and Other Transportation Options
From Friday and through Sunday, the San Francisco Giants will play four home games at AT&T Park against the Miami Marlins. Listed below are start times for these games:

7:15 p.m., Friday
6:05 p.m., Saturday
1:05 p.m., Sunday

The SFMTA advises motorists of the increased congestion in downtown San Francisco related to these special events and advises commuters to use transit, taxis, bicycles or walk and to avoid using the Bay Bridge in the two hours before or after these games.

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 post-game period. 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.

Asian Heritage Festival
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 9th annual Asian Heritage Street Festival will take place in the Civic Center area.

The following street closures will be required from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
Larkin Street between Hayes and Ellis streets
McAllister Street between Hyde and Polk streets
Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets
Eddy Street between Polk and Hyde streets
Turk Street between Polk and Hyde streets
Golden Gate Avenue between Polk and Hyde streets
Intersections at Larkin Street: Fulton Street, McAllister Street, Golden Gate Avenue, Turk Street, Eddy Street and Willow Street
Access to the Civic Center Garage will be available via Van Ness Avenue to McAllister Street or from Polk Street during the event street closure.

The following Muni routes may be affected:
5 Fulton
19 Polk
31 Balboa

Uncorked! SF Wine Festival
On Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m., the 9th annual Uncorked! SF Wine Festival will be held at and around Ghirardelli Square.

The following street closures will be required from 12 a.m. to midnight, Saturday:
Beach Street between Larkin and Polk streets
Polk Street between North Point and Beach streets
The 19 Polk Muni route will be affected.

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  • Chris

    Three Cheers for providing early Sunday morning muni metro service to the start of the race!!! I don’t believe muni has ever provided this before. It makes things SO much easier! THANK YOU!