Holiday traffic is in full swing, as Muni buses wind down, parking meters become free, and some construction that has impeded city traffic will be paused. For those staying at home for the holidays, the San Francisco Examiner has a roundup of traffic and transit options.
Rainy Driving Conditions
Rain is predicted in San Francisco on Thursday before 10 a.m. with a possible thunderstorm between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Gusts may reach as high as 37 mph, and the chance of precipitation is 90 percent, according to the weather service.
Thursday night there is a chance of showers as well, mainly before 10pm. Christmas day is expected to be mostly sunny with light winds, according to the National Weather Service, and the weekend is expected to be clear and sunny as well.
Holiday Parking Enforcement
On both Christmas and New Year’s days there will be no enforcement of seven-day street sweeping, residential permits, Monday through Friday street sweeping, commuter tow away or parking meters, according to the SFMTA. This includes meters on Port of San Francisco property.
Public Buses and Trains
On Thursday (Christmas Eve), Muni will be operating on a weekday “non-school” schedule – meaning no peak service during the afternoon when school is usually out. Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule (reduced service) on Friday, Christmas Day, as well as on Friday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day.
Muni is offering free New Year’s Eve service beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 running until 5 a.m. the next morning (details to follow).
The SFMTA cautioned riders not to tag Clipper cards during the complimentary service period or that card will still be charged the regular fare.
Due to what SFMTA called “lower passenger demand” during this time of year, Monday, Dec. 28 to Thursday, Dec. 31, there will be no Muni express service on the following routes: 1AX, 1BX, 7X, 14X, 30X, 31AX, 31BX, 38AX, 38BX, 41 Union, 81X, 82X, 83X, 88 BART Shuttle and NX N Express.
The 8 Bayshore, 8AX Bayshore Express and 8BX Bayshore Express will operate on a reduced schedule from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31.
As it has recently, the Muni Metro subway will close early nightly at 9:30 p.m. for system upgrades, according to the SFMTA. Bus shuttles replacing metro trains will operate between St. Francis Circle and Market and Spears streets from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Central Subway construction will be paused from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Stockton Street, by Union Square through Jan. 2, 2016, according to SFMTA. That means Union Square shoppers will be relatively unimpeded.
Be mindful of a new street closure for private autos on Powell, from Post to Geary. Traffic is currently allowed on eastbound Ellis Street between Powell and Stockton streets, according to SFMTA.
Stockton Street between Post and Geary streets will remain closed to traffic until the end of December.