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Weekend Transit Advisory: Union Street Easter Parade, Easter Sunrise Service on Mount Davidson

Straight from the SFMTA, here are your weekend transit advisory.

Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade
On Saturday and Sunday, the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with the Grand Parade being held on Sunday. For more event details, please visit www.sfcherryblossom.org.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

2 Clement
3 Jackson
5 Fulton
19 Polk
21 Hayes
22 Fillmore
31 Balboa
38 Geary
47 Van Ness
49 Van Ness-Mission
76X Marin Headlands

The following street closures will be required for the festival.

From 4 a.m., Saturday to 11 p.m., Sunday:
Post Street between Steiner and Fillmore streets
Webster Street between Geary Boulevard and Sutter Street
Buchanan Street between Sutter and Bush streets
Intersection: Post Street at Webster Street

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday:

Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place between Grove and McAllister streets
From noon to 6 p.m., Sunday:

Post Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets
Avery Street between Geary Boulevard and Post Street
Intersection: Avery Street at Post Street

The parade units will gather at Civic Center at 11 a.m. on Sunday for the Cherry Blossom Grand Parade. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and follow a route from Polk and McAllister streets, north on Polk Street and west on Post Street to disband between Fillmore and Steiner streets.

All intersections along the parade route will remain open except when the parade passes. Streets will re-open as soon as possible after the parade passes and the streets have been cleaned.

Union Street Spring Celebration
On Sunday, the 24th Union Street Spring Celebration will take place on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be an Easter parade at 2 p.m.

Formation of the parade will be on Green Street between Franklin and Gough streets. The parade will begin on Green Street, then proceed north on Gough Street, west on Union Street, north on Fillmore Street and east onto Filbert Street where the parade will disband.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

22 Fillmore
30 Stockton
45 Union-Stockton

The following street closures will be required from 2 a.m. to midnight:

Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets
Green Street between Franklin and Gough streets
Octavia Street between Filbert and Green streets
Laguna Street between Filbert and Green streets
Webster Street between Filbert and Green streets
Buchanan Street from Filbert and Green streets
Intersections: Octavia, Laguna, Buchanan and Webster street on Union Street

Easter Sunrise on Mount Davidson
On Sunday, the annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the top of Mount Davidson beginning at 6:30 a.m. The SFMTA will provide Muni service on the 36 Teresita beginning at 5 a.m. until the start of the service from Forest Hill Station to Myra Way and Dalewood Way. After the service concludes, Muni will provide service from Myra Way and Dalewood Way to Forest Hill Station.

Event at Golden Gate Park

On Sunday, A large group of participants is expected to gather at Sharon Meadows inside Golden Gate Park.

The following street closures will be required by the San Francisco Police Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Kezar Drive between Lincoln Way and John F. Kennedy Drive
Stanyan between Frederick and Oak streets
Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan streets

During the street closures, Muni buses will be allowed through the closed streets. Personnel from SFPD and SFMTA will determine to re-route Muni buses as crowds grow. Muni bus re-routes will be expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected around the event area.

Today in history: 3 amazing photos of cable powerhouses after the 1906 earthquake

muni cable car san francisco earthquake
Photo via SFMTA Photo Shelter by John Henry Mentz

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, a powerful earthquake shook San Francisco. Here are three terrible yet amazing photos from the SFMTA photo shelter of the cable car powerhouses after the quake. In the photo above, take at the Washington and Mason powerhouse, a cable car is covered in falling debris from the power and car house smokestack. This photo was taken by John Henry Mentz.

Two more photos from the archive, both taken at the Oak and Broderick powerhouse.
oak and broderick power house san francisco earth quake muni

muni sfmta 1906 earthquake cable car power house

Head over to the SFMTA Photo Shelter to see rest of “United Railroads 1906 | After the Earthquake” gallery.

Transit News: Outrage at possible fare hike while Sunday meters are free, BART disability protest

new bart train design
Photo via SFAppeal

  • BART passengers with disability to protest new train design (SFWeekly)
  • BART’s new train design opens to jeers and cheers (SFAppeal)
  • SFMTA repeals paid Sunday parking meters, loses $9.8 million (SFBG)
  • SFWeekly’s Joe Eskanazi on the insanity of raising Muni fare by 25 cents while doing away with Sunday parking meters (SFWeekly)

SFMTA Approves Free Sunday Parking But May Raise Cash Fare by 25 Cents

muni fare gate

SFMTA approved a two-year budget that might result in an increase in Muni fares but allows drivers to park for free again. The free Sunday meters means that the agency is giving up about $11 million in annual revenue, reports SFGate.

The panel voted unanimously to scrap Sunday parking charges, setting up another showdown at the Board of Supervisors when it considers the MTA budget. The members also voted to prioritize expanded service to low-income seniors and youths, banking on some of a $15 million surplus the agency has, and delayed some planned fare increases.

More about those fare increases via the Examiner:

The transit agency’s approved two-year budget also calls for a Muni single-trip fare increase of a quarter to $2.25, a 10 percent boost in service systemwide and expanding the free Muni for low- and moderate-income youth into a permanent program that includes 18-year-olds. These and a bevy of other changes will go into effect July 1, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors. The budget is set to increase to $943.2 million next fiscal year and $962.6 million the following year.

Officials Say Woman Jumped In Front of BART Train Last Night and Survived

embarcadero bart station crowded after medical emergency at montgomery station
Photo via @JimMcNutty

Officials have confirmed that the woman who was under the BART train yesterday evening had jumped in front of it, but that she survived, according to SFAppeal. At about 4:50 p.m. on Monday, we got word via Twitter from witnesses that Montgomery station was closed due to a medical emergency. BART was single-tracked and bypassed Montgomery station, which reopened around 6:15 p.m. There were massive crowds at other stations. Traffic above ground was also delayed.

From SF Appeal:

Investigators used witness statements and video to reach the conclusion that the woman jumped from the platform shortly before 5 p.m., BART police Lt. Paul Kwon said. The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but Kwon did not know the extent of her injuries.

SFWeekly says that the woman was treated for head injuries but was still talking. She’s expected to survive.

News: Montgomery Station Reopened After Report of Person Under BART Train

embarcadero bart station crowded after medical emergency at montgomery station

Update: 6 p.m.

Passengers report that Montgomery Station has re-opened after the person under the train was transported to the hospital. @SFBART says that service restoration is in progress.

KTVU reports that although the station has re-opened, other stations are still jam-packed with passengers.

Update: 5:49 p.m.
Riders are packed at other BART stations due to the Montgomery Station closure, as seen in the above photo from the Embarcadero Station from @JimMcNutty.

Original post (5:32 p.m.):
The Montgomery BART station is currently closed after reports that a person is under a BART train. Fire trucks and police vehicles are in front of the station, as witnesses on Twitter report. As of 5:32 p.m., the station is still closed and there are delays SFO, Daly City, and Millbrae bound trains, according to KRON4. In the photo below, passengers are jam-packed in the train as they await for the delay to clear up.

montgomery bart crowded
Photo by Tolebon

More from riders:

The Chronicle’s Vivian Ho tweeted that the person under the train is still alive and being transported to a hospital to treat for head injuries.

We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.