Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Veterans Day parade, construction, construction, construction

We’ve got you covered Saturday night. But for all your other weekend plans, here’s some things to keep in mind:

Veterans Day Holiday Muni Schedule

On Tuesday, the Veterans Day Holiday: Muni service will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Veterans Day Parade

On Sunday: The annual Veterans Day Parade will take place on Market Street from 2nd Street to the Civic Center Plaza. Staging will begin at 7 a.m. on 2nd Street between Market and Folsom streets. No traffic will be allowed on 2nd Street. Cross traffic on Folsom, Howard and Mission streets at 2nd Street will be allowed until the parade begins. After the parade units have passed and the street is cleaned, 2nd Street will be re-opened for traffic.

Traffic along Market Street will start closing beginning at 10 a.m. No traffic will be allowed on Market Street between 2nd and 7th streets after 10:30 a.m. SFMTA traffic control officers and SFPD officers will be present to facilitate cross traffic across Market Street between 2nd and 7th streets until 10:30 a.m.

Streets will be re-opened once the parade units have passed and the streets have been cleaned.

At 11 a.m. the parade will proceed north on 2nd Street, west on Market Street, west on McAllister Street, south on Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and pass the reviewing stand. The parade will disband on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Larkin Street.

During the parade, vehicles will be re-routed around the parade route except Muni buses.

The following Muni line and routes will be affected:

  • F Market
  • 2 Clement
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 8X Bayshore Express
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • 27 Bryant
  • 30 Stockton
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 45 Union-Stockton
  • 71 Haight-Noriega

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 kick off 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.

After the work on the first weekend of November 7, it will continue on the weekends of November 14 and November 21. This construction project will resume in early 2015 after the holidays.

During the weekend when the tunnel is under construction, N Judah rail service will be substituted with bus shuttles between Church and Duboce streets and Ocean Beach. Bus substitution will start at approximately 7 p.m., Friday and will operate during all regular service hours until 5 a.m., Monday. The bus shuttles will follow the N Judah Line making regular stops except for the tunnel portion where buses will operate on Haight Street. There will be no impact on the weekend N Judah Owl bus service.

Regular N Judah rail service will continue to provide service between Caltrain Depot and Church/Duboce. The N Judah stops at Church/Duboce will provide a transfer point between bus shuttles and trains for Muni customers.

The ongoing work of “Transit Signal Priority” project to install the electric conduits within the trackway along Irving Street between 3rd and 9th avenues will conclude this weekend.

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.

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

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 construction, bus stops serving Balboa Park Station will be temporarily relocated:

  • Inbound boarding of the J Church is located at northeast of San Jose and Geneva avenues in front of Crazy Pepper Restaurant; accessible boarding will be available at the high-level platform located on San Jose Avenue at Seneca Avenue
  • The last stop of outbound J Church line is relocated to the M Ocean View island stop located at San Jose and Geneva Avenues
  • Inbound boarding of the K Ingleside relocated to San Jose Avenue inside the Balboa Park Station Muni Yard.

The J-Church and K-Ingleside light rail service will continue service during all operation hours.

The project is on-going and is anticipated to be completed by November 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

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

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

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