Weekend Traffic And Transit Disruptions: July 4th Fireworks, Fillmore Street Jazz Fest, 280 Closure, Sunday Meters

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
On Friday, July 4 the annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will start at 2 p.m. along the waterfront near the Municipal Pier and Pier 39. Entertainment will be at Pier 39, Aquatic Park and Ghirardelli Square. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m.

As many as 200,000 people are expected in this area. Traffic congestion and disruption of transit service are expected in the northern section of the city. To ensure safety of the riding public, customers should pay attention to their surroundings and allow extra travel time to get around the City.

The following street closures will be required:

9 to 11 p.m., Friday
Southbound Polk Street between Bay and Union streets (except for Muni, bicycles and taxis)
8:30 p.m. to midnight, Friday
Marina Boulevard exit off Doyle Drive may be closed
8 a.m., Thursday to 5 p.m., Friday
Jefferson Street from Aquatic Park to Hyde Street
6 a.m., Friday to 4 a.m., Saturday
The Embarcadero between Powell and Mason streets
8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday
Van Ness Avenue between North Point Street and the Municipal Pier Terminus
Beach Street from Polk Street to the Terminius
2 p.m., Friday to 4 a.m., Saturday
Jefferson Street between Hyde and Powell streets
9:20 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., Friday
Northbound Embarcadero at Broadway

To ensure safety of pedestrians in the area, the remaining areas of Fisherman’s Wharf bounded by The Embarcadero, Van Ness Avenue and Bay Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.

These additional closures could start as early as 2 p.m., with closures expanding southward throughout the day as ordered by SFPD and SFMTA Parking Enforcement Officers:

Embarcadero: Bay to Taylor
Jefferson: Embarcadero to Hyde
Beach: Hyde to west of Polk
Taylor: Beach to Embarcadero
Polk & Larkin: North Point to Beach
Van Ness: North Point to Muni Pier
Hyde: Beach to Jefferson
Leavenworth: Beach to Jefferson
Jones: Beach to Jefferson
Mason: Beach to Jefferson
Powell: Beach to Jefferson

To expedite transit flow following the fireworks, southbound traffic on Polk Street between Bay and Union streets will be restricted to buses, taxis and bicycles only between 9 and 11 p.m. Northbound traffic on Polk Street will not be affected.

Parking meters, posted time limit zones and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Commuter tow away, residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping will not be enforced.

Meters on Port of San Francisco property, including The Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf, are enforced seven days per week throughout the year, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Hazards are always subject to ticketing and towing.

Muni Service
Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule as well as the added service detailed below.

Starting at 2 p.m., the SFMTA will provide pre-event bus shuttles to Fisherman’s Wharf from the Ferry Building, Caltrain station at 4th and King streets to Ferry Plaza and Civic Center at Grove and Hyde Streets to Van Ness Avenue and Chestnut Street.

Supplemental Service
Starting at 2 p.m., the SFMTA will provide supplement Metro service in the Market Street subway between Embarcadero and West Portal Stations and the 108 Treasure Island Muni route.

Return shuttle service will begin at 10 p.m. at two staging areas after the fireworks display until 11:30 p.m. The return staging areas are:

The Embarcadero and Bay Street for service to the Ferry Building and Caltrain station
Polk and Francisco streets for service to Van Ness Avenue and Market Street and Civic Center Muni/BART Station

Caltrain riders are advised that the last Muni shuttle from The Embarcadero and Bay staging area will leave no later than 11:30 p.m. to meet the last Caltrain, which departs at midnight.

Once the crowds disperse, regular Muni service will resume. This can take at least a half hour. Participants and those traveling in the area are asked to allow extra travel time.

The following regular Muni lines and routes will be re-routed due to congestion in the event area:

F Market & Wharves (After 2 p.m., F Market & Wharves line trains will only operate on Market Street and will operate on bus shuttles along The Embarcadero.)
8x Bayshore Express
19 Polk
30 Stockton
39 Coit
47 Van Ness
49 Van Ness-Mission

The Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason cable car lines will operate on regular Muni buses at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

The following Muni routes may be affected after the fireworks due to the increased number of transit customers and the high volume of pedestrian traffic:

28 19th Avenue
91 Owl
22 Fillmore
45 Union-Stockton

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival
On Saturday and Sunday the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets. Please visit www.fillmorejazzfestival.com for more details.

The following street closures will be required:

From 12 a.m., Saturday to midnight, Sunday

Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets
Washington, Wilmot and Clay streets between Webster and Steiner streets
Intersections: Ellis, Wilmot, O’Farrell, Washington and Clay streets at Fillmore Street

From 7 a.m., Saturday to midnight, Sunday

O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets

The closure of O’Farrell Street is also designated for the Fillmore Farmers’ Market which will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

1 California
2 Clement
3 Jackson
22 Fillmore
24 Divisadero
31 Balboa
38 Geary
38L Geary Limited (Saturday Only)

Monitored bicycle parking will be available on Fillmore Street between Ellis and O’Farrell streets.

UPDATE: M Ocean View Line Rail Rehabilitation Project
As an ongoing effort to keep the infrastructure in a state of good repair, SFMTA is replacing the aging tracks on the M-Ocean View line on San Jose Avenue between Geneva and Niagara avenues.

Beginning Monday, crews will start on phase five of the re-railing construction project. Construction work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The construction work is estimated to be completed by September 2, 2014.

Beginning Monday, during construction hours, the M Ocean View line will operate on regular Muni buses between stops at Broad Street and Plymouth Avenue and at San Jose and Geneva avenues. These buses will serve the same rail stops. Regular train service will operate between Broad Street/Plymouth Avenue and Embarcadero Station.

Interstate 280 Bridge Hinge Replacement Project
Beginning at 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 2 and through 5 a.m., Monday, July 7, the California Department of Transportation will conduct construction work to replace a bridge hinge on Interstate 280 between Cesar Chavez and 24th streets.

A full closure of I-280 northbound will be required during the Fourth of July Holiday long weekend.

Northbound on-ramp closures include:
Alemany Boulevard
U.S. 101 connector to northbound Interstate 280
Indiana and 25th streets
18th street
Northbound off-ramp closures include:
Cesar Chavez Street
Mariposa Street
6th Street
King Street
Northbound I-280 traffic will be detoured to US-101. Southbound I-280 will remain open.

Muni delay is expected during the closure, customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Additional closure is planned for this project: Labor Day Holiday Weekend (Thursday, August 28 – September 2)

REMINDER: Sunday Parking Meter Changes This Weekend

Starting Sunday, 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.

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