SFMTA Transit Updates: Baseball, Cherry Blossoms, Eid Festival & More

April 19, 2024
    Hi Mooviters, 
    A lot is going on in the San Francisco area this weekend. Heading to one of these events or have other weekend plans? Stay informed and travel smart. 
    Check out SFMTA’s transit advisory for this weekend. Details below.

    SFMTA Weekend Transit Advisory, April 19th – April 24th, 2024

    San Francisco Giants Baseball Game

    Thursday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 24The San Francisco Giants will play seven home games at the ballpark. Listed below are start times for these games:

    • Four games against the Arizona Diamondbacks1) 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 18; 2) 7:15 p.m., Friday, April 19; 3) 1:05 p.m., Saturday, April 20; and 4) 1:05 p.m., Sunday, April 21.
    • Three games against the New York Mets1) 6:45 p.m., Monday, April 22; 2) 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 23; and 3) 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 24.

    Street Closures

    To accommodate events that will take place at the ballpark, the following street closures will be enforced:

    • Two and a half hours before the opening pitch, the SFMTA will close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets to vehicle traffic. King Street will reopen after first pitch until the seventh inning.
    • From the seventh inning until post-game traffic dies down, the SFMTA will again close eastbound King Street between 3rd and 2nd streets to vehicle traffic in order to reduce congestion on city streets.
    • Additionally, the northbound portion of the 4th Street Bridge (Peter R. Maloney Bridge) will be closed to all traffic except Muni, taxis and bicycles during the post-game period.
    Taxi Stands
    • 2nd Street, west side, between Brannan and King Streets
    • 2nd Street, east side, between Townsend and King Streets
    • 3rd Street, west side, north of King Street

    Special Event Parking Rates

    During baseball games and other major events with more than 10,000 expected attendees at the ballpark, parking meters close to the ballpark will charge a special event rate of $10 per hour. These rates help reduce congestion and keep parking spots available in the neighborhoods near the ballpark, discouraging circling for free or cheap parking. Start times for special event rates vary based on the start time of the event. 

    Cherry Blossom Festival and Grand Parade

    Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21: The 57th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For event details visit

    The following street closures will be required:

    • From 4 a.m., Saturday, April 20 to 11 p.m., Sunday, April 21:
      • Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets
      • Webster Street between Geary Boulevard and Sutter Street
      • Intersection: Webster Street at Post Street
    • From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 21:
      • Post Street between Fillmore and Steiner streets

    The parade units will gather at Civic Center at 10 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.

    The following Muni routes will be affected with reroutes2 Clement; 5 Fulton; 19 Polk and 21 Hayes.

    The following Muni routes will be affected with delays22 Fillmore; 31 Balboa; 38 Geary; 38R Geary Rapid and 49 Van Ness/MissionMuni riders on these routes should allow extra travel time.

    Special Event Parking will be available for the weekend days for the festival: Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21:

    • Japan Center Main Garage at 1650 Geary Boulevard will open from 7 a.m. until midnight, regular hourly rate applies.
    • Fillmore Street Annex Garage at 1650 Fillmore Street will open from 7 a.m. until midnight. A $30 flat-rate event parking fee will be charged for valet-assisted parking between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., NO in and out privileges will be allowed. Regular hourly rate will apply between 6 p.m. and midnight.

    Temporary Tax Stand: There is one located at 1574-1598 Geary Boulevard.

    Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) Tenderloin Eid Festival

    On Saturday, April 20the Tenderloin Eid Festival event will take place in the Tenderloin community on Ellis Street between Leavenworth and Hyde streets, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details visit

    Ellis Street between Leavenworth and Hyde streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday.
    There will be no impact on Muni service.

    San Francisco Lowriders Council Tribute to Selena

    On Saturday, April 20the San Francisco Lowrider Council will pay tribute to Selena with a lowrider cruise along Mission Street and through the local area. Lowriders will gather at 4 p.m. on Mission Street between Cesar Chavez and 22nd Street. Some transit corridors may become blocked for temporary periods of time.

    There is no planned street closure. Temporary transit detour and traffic congestion should be expected. Travelers to the area should allow extra travel time.

    Bus stops on Mission Street will be relocated to South Van Ness Avenue. Affected routes are: 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; 27 Byrant; 48 Quintara/24th Street; 49 Van Ness/Mission and 67 Bernal Heights.

    Haight Ashbury Activity

    Saturday, April 20: Heavy pedestrian traffic may be anticipated around the intersection of Haight and Stanyan streets and on Haight Street between Stanyan Street and Masonic Avenue between 1 and 5 p.m. Drivers are advised to use caution. Some Muni delays may occur. No street closures are planned, but personnel from San Francisco Police Department may implement closures if necessary for public safety.

    The following Muni lines and routes may be affected: N Judah 5 Fulton; 7 Haight/Noriega; 33 Ashbury/18th Street; 37 Corbett and 43 Masonic.

    Traffic delays may occur in the area. Motorists who normally use Lincoln Way, Fell or Oak streets to travel between the Sunset District and downtown may consider using alternate routes.


    UPDATE: L Taraval Improvement Project—Segment B

    The L Taraval Improvement Project is a multi-agency collaboration to improve safety, accessibility, and transit reliability, and to rehabilitate aging rails, utility lines and roadway pavement along the L Taraval line between Sunset Boulevard and 15th Avenue and on Ulloa Street near West Portal.

    Infrastructure replacement work on sewer and water lines have been completed. The last remaining area of track installation work between 33rd Avenue and Sunset Boulevard is almost complete. Construction of accessible curb ramps and handrails, barriers and pavers that are part of the boarding islands continues.
    Street base work is expected to continue until Friday, May 10. During street base work, the block will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for cement pouring and curing on one side of the street at a time. Parking will be removed on both sides of the street and traffic detoured around the area. Parking and road restriction will be in place and released once the cement cures at the end of the day.

    Starting on Monday, May 6, both repaving work for the entire corridor and the special track work at 46th Avenue is expected to begin.

    Construction work performed and at locations:

    Taraval Street

    • 15th to 19th avenues: Curb ramp, boarding platforms and street-base
    • 19th to 22nd avenues: Street base work, build accessible and boarding platform
    • 23rd to 31st avenues: Reconstruct sidewalks, boarding islands and accessible boarding platforms and street-base
    • 31st to 34th avenues: Construct boarding island and platform
    • 34th Avenue to Sunset Boulevard: Track removal and installation
    Ulloa Street
    • Forest Side to 15th avenues: Sidewalk and driveway reconstruction, street base work and boarding island
    Nighttime work is scheduled from Sunday through Friday, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sundays through Fridays
    • Ulloa Street between 15th and Forest Side avenues: OCS prep work for installation, removing and reconstructing existing poles, upgrade the Overhead Contact System (OCS) that powers the trains. Work on any given block will vary and is expected to take a few hours to a few days per location. OCS work is expected to be completed in June 2024.

    The L Bus now runs between West Portal and the SF Zoo. Customers can transfer to a train at West Portal Station to travel downtown.

    During construction, the L Taraval bus stops are being relocated. The inbound bus stop at Taraval Street and 15th Avenue has been relocated across the intersection until fall 2024.

    The following L Taraval bus stops are being relocated temporarily during construction:

    • L Taraval Bus / L Special / L Owl (Effective from Monday, Feb. 12 to Friday, May 10, 2024)
      • Inbound
        • From Taraval and 22nd Avenue to Ulloa Street and 22nd Avenue, southwest corner
        • From Taraval Street and 19th Avenue to northeast corner (28 19th Avenue stop)
        • From Taraval Street and 17th Avenue to Santiago Street and 17th Avenue, southwest corner
        • From Taraval and 15th Avenue to northwest corner 
      • Outbound
        • From 23rd Avenue and Taraval Street to southeast corner
        • From Taraval Street and Sunset Boulevard to northwest corner
    • L Taraval Bus / L Special / L Owl (Present to Fall 2024)
      • Inbound
        • From Taraval Street and 15th Avenue has been relocated to the southeast side of the intersection

    You ride, we guide

    The USA Moovit Team