Passengers exit the T-Third Muni train at Third and Mariposa streets on March 8 in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Mission Bay train track construction will increase traffic impact until February

New sewer work for a transit project in Mission Bay may impact nearby traffic until February, according to transit officials.

That sewer excavation is part of the Mission Bay Loop Project and started “early this month,” according to a Friday blog post by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The loop isn’t expressly for passenger drop off on the T-Third Line, but will benefit Muni riders by allowing T trains to loop around earlier on its route for shorter, more frequent runs on the busiest sections of the line.

As part of the sewer excavation, No Parking signs were placed around the intersections of Illinois Street from 18th to 19th streets to “allow enough clearance for work to be done,” according to the SFMTA, which may impact local traffic.

That sewage excavation work is anticipated to finish in February, according to SFMTA.

As the San Francisco Examiner previously reported, Mission Bay sees many impacts that transit officials said may benefit from the turnaround, from Giants games, the nearby UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, and maybe, soon, even Golden State Warriors games.

Construction of the loop started in March this year.

“This project will help further our efforts to improve Muni service on the T-Third line and address crowding between Mission Bay and Chinatown with the upcoming Central Subway line,” SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose previously told the Examiner. “Not only would it help ease crowding on the line, it would help deliver more than twice as much service [to the Bayview].”

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