With the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation less than two weeks away, San Francisco’s transportation agency is already preparing for more than 20,000 people and world leaders to the city.
Starting Tuesday and lasting through Nov. 12, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said they will work on de-energizing the overhead lines that power the 1 California buses in the area of Sacramento Street between Stockton and Taylor streets. Trolley buses in the westbound direction will not serve that area of Sacramento Street and instead be served by Muni shuttle buses.
Passengers taking the 1 can expect reroutes and alternative stop locations, which are posted on the SFMTA’s website. The Nob Hill area will be impacted further during the APEC summit as President Joe Biden is expected to stay in the area during the summit.
From Nov. 13 to 19, there will be multiple route changes in the Nob Hill area of the 1 and cable car lines. The California Cable Car line will be substituted by buses while the Powell/Hyde Cable Car line will have switchbacks.
Drivers in the area can expect street closures in various parts of California Street, Powell Street, Mason Street and Sacramento Street from Nov. 13 to 19.
The South of Market area will see the most Muni service and traffic impacts as APEC is centered around Moscone Center. The security perimeter borders the areas of Market Street, Second Street, Fifth Street and Howard Street.
Over a dozen Muni bus routes will be affected by APEC and service on the Central Subway will be impacted, transit officials said.
Due to the security perimeter around Moscone Center, which includes the T Third Yerba Buena/Moscone station, the SFMTA will close the station. Due to the closure, there also be no service at the Fourth and Brannan stop. To provide service on the T, the transit agency said they will temporarily combine the K Ingleside and T again to provide service in the Mission Bay, Dogpatch, Bayview and Sunnyvale neighborhoods.
Between the Union Square and Chinatown-Rose Pak stations, the SFMTA said they will run a shuttle train every five minutes. The 30 Stockton buses will not serve the South of the Market area but will service the area north of Market Street, including Chinatown.
Passengers can also expect reroutes on the 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 8 Bayshore and its express routes and 15 Bayview Hunters Poubt Express in the South of Market.
Traffic will be impacted on the Bay Bridge, according to Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol
The far left lane on eastbound I-80 and the far right lane on westbound I-80 will be closed beginning at 5 a.m., Nov. 14 to 9 p.m., Nov. 17.
Additionally, the Fourth Street off-ramp on eastbound I-80 and Fifth Street off-ramp on westbound I-80 will be closed daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. between Nov. 15 to 17.
There be controlled access to the pedestrian/bike path on the Bay Bridge, the CHP said. The Treasure Island on- and off-ramps will remain open as well as the Fremont Street off-ramp.
The northbound U.S. 101 Dana Bowers Vista Point off-ramp will be closed for five days from Nov. 14 to 18. There will be no access to Dana Bowers Vista Point for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. At the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, the pedestrian pathway will be closed.
Muni passengers can find full details on reroutes and traffic impacts on the SFMTA’s website.
Jerold serves as a reporter and San Francisco Bureau Chief for SFBay covering transportation, City Hall, and the Mayor's Office in San Francisco. His work on transportation has been recognized by the San Francisco Press Club. Born and raised in San Francisco, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism. Jerold previously wrote for the San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization. When not reporting, you can find Jerold taking Muni to check out new places to eat in the city.