Weekend Traffic And Transit Disruptions: Potrero Hill BMX Event, N Judah Disruptions

Red Bull BMX Event

On Saturday:  The Red Bull BMX event will take place between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

De Haro Street between Southern Heights and 18th Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday.

The 19 Polk Muni route will be affected.

Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

The Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project includes track and infrastructure replacements inside the Sunset Tunnel, located between Cole Valley and Duboce Triangle, Transit Signal Priority upgrades for nine intersections along the N Judah Line and construction of two accessible platforms at Judah and 28th Avenue.  This multiple system upgrades to the N Judah Metro Line will make transit safer and more reliable.

Seismic upgrades to Sunset Tunnel are important part of the safety enhancement project.  It will involve structural retrofit of the tunnel portal retaining walls and their foundations.

Project Update:

Beginning at approximately 8 p.m., Friday and through 5 a.m., Monday, the SFMTA will continue the weekend construction to replace track and other infrastructure inside the Sunset Tunnel.  The construction work is scheduled for 15 weekends between November 2014 and June 2015.

Additional construction work will take place on the weekend of November 21.  The work will be suspended for the rest of this year and will resume in early 2015 after the holidays.

During weekend construction, the SFMTA will provide bus substitution service:

  • The N Judah rail service will be substituted with bus shuttles between Church/Duboce streets and Ocean Beach.
  • The bus shuttles will begin to operate at about 7 p.m. on Friday and will run during regular service hours until the morning of the following Monday.
  • The bus shuttles will follow the N Judah Line route making regular stops except for the tunnel portion where buses will be operated off on Haight Street.
  • Regular N Judah rail service will continue to provide service between Caltrain Depot and Church/Duboce streets.
  • The N Judah stops at Church/Duboce will provide a transfer point between bus shuttles and trains for Muni customers.
  • The weekend N Judah Owl bus service will not be affected.

Other Ongoing N Judah System Improvements:

In order to maximize construction opportunities, the SFMTA has integrated multiple construction components under the Sunset Tunnel project in order to minimize the inconveniences for both N Judah riders and the community around the construction area:

  1. The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades are taking place at nine intersections sequentially along the N Judah Line. Currently, crews are working on Irving Street between 3rd and 9th avenues.  The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwelling time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.
  2. The construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue has begun. Crews are working to reconstruct the inbound stop from Mondays to Fridays. The stop is currently not in service. Muni customers can board N Judah rail vehicle at the temporary stop at 27th Avenue. This work requires traffic lane closures.

The new platform will include longer boarding islands and in compliant of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramps, making Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.

Castro Streetscape Improvement Construction Project

The Castro Streetscape Improvement Construction Project is a joint collaboration between the SFMTA, San Francisco Public Works and San Francisco Planning Department.

Beginning Tuesday, November 5, crews started paving and adding barrier improvements to the Jane Warner Plaza.

During construction, the F Market and Wharves Line will be rerouted from the turnaround in Jane Warner Plaza located at Castro and 17th/Market Streets until Thursday, November 20.

Inbound boarding location of F Market and Wharves Line will be changed:

  • Stops at Market/Castro streets and Market/Noe streets will be relocated to Noe and 17th streets
  • Stop at Market and Sanchez streets will be relocated to Church and Market streets, using J Church Line platform on Church Street
  • Customers who need accessible service can use the Market/Noe streets stop for outbound travel and Church/Market streets stop for inbound travel.

UPDATE: Central Subway Construction

Construction of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station will continue.  4th Street between Howard and Folsom streets is reduced down to one lane for eight weeks from Saturday, September 13 through mid-November. Heavy foot, auto and transit traffic is expected. Motorists should expect traffic delays and to use alternative routes.

UPDATE: Folsom Street Off-Ramp Realignment Project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) continues re-construction of the Folsom Street off-ramp from westbound Interstate 80 to Fremont Street.  This off-ramp configuration will facilitate a better gateway that leads into a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.  Installation of a new traffic signal at the off-ramp intersection will allow for a newly constructed continuous sidewalk and bike lanes on the east side of Fremont Street.

This construction work is anticipated to be completed in March of 2015.

During the construction period, the 108 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected during all hours of service.

UPDATE: Balboa Park Station Muni Light Rail Platform Construction Project

To improve customer safety and enhance transit reliability, the SFMTA is building a new accessible boarding platform and ramp on San Jose Avenue at the Balboa Park BART Station for the J Church and K Ingleside light rail lines.

During the remaining construction, all temporary bus stop relocation for the J Church and K Ingleside discontinued as of Wednesday, November 13.  Regular bus service resumes for all operation hours.

The project is on-going and is anticipated to be completed by December of this year.

Construction work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Muni Forward: Rapid Network Improvements on Market Street

The installation of new, red transit-only lanes on Market Street will continue. The durable, new red transit-only lanes consist of a red thermoplastic bonded to the existing lanes and will run between 5th and 12th streets.  The red carpet treatment makes the dedicated transit-only lanes more visible to motorists to ensure the lanes are kept clear for Muni and taxis. The Market Street red carpet lane will be similar to the ones already installed on Church, 3rd, Geary and O’Farrell streets.

The installation of red lane treatment will be conducted over Friday and Saturday nights through November.

All traffic will be diverted to the curb lane during the installation work.  Cross traffic will be allowed at all intersections.

All eastbound Muni buses will operate on the curb lane in the construction area and use existing curb lane bus stops.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • F Market and Wharves
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 71 Haight-Noriega
  • N-Owl
  • L-Owl

Project Update:

  1. Paint work will be conducted from 11 p.m., Friday to 5 a.m., Saturday and from 11 p.m., Saturday to 5 a.m., Sunday.
  2. Paint work will be conducted on westbound direction between 8th and 9th streets and eastbound direction from 12th Street to Van Ness Avenue.

UPDATE: Sewer Restoration Work

Crews from the Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Public Works will continue the installation work of a new sewer main pipeline on Spear Street between Market and Mission streets. This construction project is anticipated to last until spring of 2015.

Project Update:

Construction work will continue to take place at the intersection of Spear and Mission streets.  Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

During the construction hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.:

  • No street parking will be allowed
  • Sidewalk will remain open for pedestrian traffic
  • Local access will be allowed
  • With an exception of Muni buses, the intersection of Spear and Mission streets will be close to all other traffic

During the closure, there may be brief delays on the following Muni lines and routes:

  • 2 Clement
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 14 Mission
  • 14 Mission Limited
  • 14 Owl
  • 21 Hayes
  • 31 Balboa
  • L Owl
  • K Morning Shuttle
  • M Morning Shuttle


REMINDER:  Sunday Parking Meter Enforcement

As a reminder, most on-street meters and off-street parking meters will no longer require payment on Sundays, 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
  • Along 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)

Parking meters in the remainder of the City are enforced Monday through Saturday throughout the year except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

* Parking meters in the Special Event Area operate on Sundays only when there is an event.

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