Weekend Traffic/Transit: Lombard Street Closes, Streetcars Change Course, Sunday Parking Meters Still Enforced

Lombard Street between Larkin and Leavenworth Closures

A pilot project designed to increase safety and reduce congestion on the part of Lombard Street known as the “Crooked Street” begins this weekend, the first of four such weekends. Lombard Street between Larkin and Leavenworth streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on a trial basis from approximately noon to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

June 21, 22, 28, 29;
July 4, 5, 6, 12, 13

During the closures vehicular access for residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed. Taxis will be allowed during the pilot closures. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will not be restricted, and Muni service will not be affected.

Historic Streetcar Facility Relocation
Starting on Friday evening, June 20, all historic streetcars on the F Market and Wharves Line will be relocated from Cameron Beach Yard at San Jose and Geneva avenues to operate out of the Muni Metro East (MME) light rail maintenance facility near Third and Cesar Chavez streets due to continued ridership growth on the F Line and extensive construction at the Green and Beach yards. As a result, the historic streetcars will no longer operate along the J Church Line.

Beginning Saturday, June 21, the historic streetcars will begin pulling in and out of the MME yard. The F Line route will remain the same. The historic streetcars will operate out of service along the T Third Line.

No major impacts on the J Church, N Judah, and T Third Lines are expected due to the relocation.

Sunday Parking Meter Changes Coming Soon
Starting July 6 on-street meters and off-street parking meters will not require payment on Sundays, except meters on SF Port property.

Exceptions to this change in policy are areas where meters operated on Sundays prior to the addition of Sunday operating hours in January 2013. This includes:

Port of San Francisco jurisdiction meters
Fisherman’s Wharf area meters
Some (but not all) SFMTA-managed metered parking lots (retaining those that operated on Sundays prior to 2013)
In order to help remind the public of the change, during the first three Sundays in July, SFMTA Parking Control Officers will place informational flyers on vehicles parked at expired meters in areas where Sunday meters will remain operational.

UPDATE: Market and Haight Streets Transit and Pedestrian Improvement Project
The Market and Haight Streets Transit and Pedestrian Improvement Project, collaborated with several city agencies, around the Market and Haight streets neighborhood will reduce transit travel time, enhance pedestrian safety and create a more seamless pedestrian route to and from Haight Street. This ongoing project includes:

Construction of an eastbound transit-only lane between Laguna and Market streets to allow Muni buses to travel in both directions, thus reducing transit travel time;
Widening of sidewalks and the construction of bulb outs to enhance pedestrian safety; and
A more seamless pedestrian route to and from Haight Street by upgrading the traffic signals
The reroute of the outbound 6 Parnassus will continue between Market and Larkin streets and Haigh and Buchanan streets until Sunday, June 22.

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  • sebra leaves

    Not to rain on our parade, but, the SFMTA can’t leave it
    simple. We knew about the Port meters, but now they are claiming they
    are going to enforce other meters around town. The whole point was to
    make life simple and stress-free. Evidently SFMTA didn’t get that
    message or they want to stress us out.

    If this annoys you as much as it does us, support the Restore
    Translation initiative by signing, circulating and or donating to the
    cause. Details: http://www.restorebalance14.org/

    • Pontifikate

      Why leave it simple when it’s all the confusion that enables them to collect money on tickets from baffled visitors and residents too. I got a ticket a few Sundays ago when after hearing that the mayor wanted to eliminate Sunday parking and hearing about it again, i thought it was a done deal. Silly me.

      • neutral_corner

        Silly you, indeed.

    • neutral_corner

      Sounds like a car-first initiative that seeks to flush MUNI further down the toilet.

      • sebra leaves

        Au contraire. We want to return Muni to the service it had before the SFMTA took over, raided Muni’s coffers and tried to shift the blame for their poor management skills to the Muni drivers and operators. We want to get Muni out of the planning and construction business (TEP) and back to the business of transporting of humans across the city. SFMTA bit off too much and are not doing anything well except patting themselves on the back and spending tax payer money.