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Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Critical Mass, Chinatown New Year Run, construction

Critical Mass

On Friday: The Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza at 6 p.m.

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

Chinatown New Year Run

On Sunday: The Chinatown New Year Run will begin at 8 a.m. and be followed by a festival in Portsmouth Square.

The race route will begin on Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street, travel along Grant Avenue, west on Pacific Avenue, north on Stockton Street, east on North Point Street and south-east onto The Embarcadero. The race route will continue along The Embarcadero, west on Washington Street, south on Battery Street, west on Pine Street and north on Kearny Street to Clay Street.

The following Muni line and route will be affected:

  • California Cable Car
  • 1 California
  • 8X Bayshore Express
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 30 Stockton
  • 39 Coit
  • 45 Union-Stockton

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

UPDATE: 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 Street and 28th Avenue. These 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.

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. The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwelling time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.
  2. Construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue which includes 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.

Project Update:

The N Judah rail service will operate on regular weekend schedule.

The Sunset Tunnel weekend construction is on hold, pending a Board of Appeals hearing on the neighborhood noise complaints. The SFMTA outreach staff continues to meet with neighbors to keep lines of communication open. We will notify the public before the work resumes.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line: Crews are working on the sidewalk of Irving Street between 7th and 9th avenues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue has begun. Crews will continue to reconstruct the outbound stop at 28th Avenue. This stop will be out of service until the end of March. Customers traveling to Ocean Beach can board N Judah trains at the outbound temporary stop at 27th Avenue. Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The street will remain open, however, westbound traffic lanes may be closed if needed.

UPDATE: Central Subway Construction

4th Street between Harrison and Bryant streets will remain closed to vehicular traffic while the construction of the portal is underway. This closure will be in effect until March 9, 2015.

REMINDER: 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 April of 2015.

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

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

REMINDER: 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.

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

For project updates, please visit sfwater.org/NorthShoreSewer.

New Dating App Keeps Track of Hotties On Your Commute

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It’s hard to strike up a conversation when you notice someone attractive on Muni, so what’s a single guy or gal to do? A new dating app called Happn is launching in San Francisco, and it promises to help you find the cuties you’ve crossed paths with as you go about your day. The app uses geolocation on your phone to connect Happn users who were in the same vicinities. It’s a pretty smart way to extend the way you meet people in San Francisco. You can check out the app and download Happn here.

Unlike other dating apps that use geolocation to find people near you now, Happn’s stream consists of people you’ve encountered throughout the day. So if you locked eyes with your potential soul mate on the 38 this morning, or if you were too shy to smile at the cute cyclist at the stop light on your lunch break, they may very well turn up in your Happn feed. The app uses approximate location and doesn’t tell you exactly where you’ve encountered each other, and you can only talk to each other if you are both interested. We already see plenty of local users on the app when we downloaded the app too.

Muni encounters can lead to some happy love stories. Who knows, you might be the next one-woman-band on stage regaling us with your tale of How We Met on Muni.

Download Happn here and let us know what you think!

This post is in partnership with Happn. All opinions are our own.

Transit News: Sonoma/Marin rapid transit progress, bikes and BART, Muni overtime, Muni on-time, late-night BART

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  • Sonoma/Marin’s SMART turning corner toward deciding who will run its trains (Marin IJ)
  • More action for bikes and BART (SF Bicycle Coalition)
  • Muni expands driver corps to reduce overtime (SF Bay)
  • It’s not your imagination: Muni’s on-time performance is getting worse (Matier and Ross)
  • Lack Of Overnight BART Service Biggest Concern Raised In Late-Night Transportation Report (SF Appeal)
  • Man arrested after allegedly evading Muni fare and assaulting a passenger (SF Examiner)

Photo by Brennan Browne

Rent this Muni shelter as your new SF pad for $4,000

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Getting creative with San Francisco’s skyrocketing rental prices, someone posted a Muni shelter in the Castro as your very own fancy open-air studio. According to this Craigslist ad that Hoodline found, the 15-square-foot studio is a steal for four grand:

This cozy Castro studio boasts ultra-modern design, chic red skylight, and cool fixtures – including built-in love seat. Easy access to the street, steps from bustling, trendy Castro eateries and bars. Very close to public transportation and Google bus-adjacent. Snap up this Castro gem before it’s gone!

Bonus: It comes powered with electrical outlets for your Apple devices, optional signage mod, and the occasional popup peep show. Just don’t try to live there when it rains.

Photo by David Lytle

Transit News: Muni bus shelters, Muni cameras, BART bike trains, Mission Street Muni stop removals

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  • Local Muni Shelters A Target For Persistent Anti-Tech Graffiti (Hoodline)
  • Falling Tree Takes Down Muni Lines, Blocks Traffic on Divisadero (CBS Bay Area)
  • BART helps connect homeless Vietnam veteran to a home of his own (BART.gov)
  • Expect More Surveillance Cameras On Muni Buses To Capture Close Calls (CBS Bay Area)
  • BART Testing New Cars To Include More Bike Space, But Only At One End (CBS Bay Area)
  • Mission Street Changes Are Coming, Including Muni Stop Removals, and You Can Influence Them (Mission Local)

Photo by Daniel Hoherd

Transit News: Fare evasion/anti-terrorism/WTF? Muni on-time stats, Warriors arena, Haight bus lanes, Muni operator shortage

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  • Former Muni top cop says fare-evasion enforcement is in line with anti-­terrorism efforts (SF Examiner)
  • Muni seeks fix for sinking on-time performance (SF Bay)
  • Warriors Working to Resolve Transportation Issues Prompted by New Arena (Potrero View)
  • Eyes on the Street: 3 Blocks of Bus Lane on Haight — How About One More? (Streetsblog SF)
  • Muni Expects to End Operator Shortage for the First Time This Century (Streetsblog SF)

Photo by Thomas Hawk