Dueling games a conundrum for S.F. commuters

While sports fans will delight in their options tonight, two simultaneous regular season games only seven miles apart just after rush hour could leave commuters sacked.

For the only time this year, the 49ers will play at home during the same day as the Giants, and officials are expecting serious congestion around the parks and beyond. Both teams will play at 7:15 p.m. against teams from Arizona, with the Niners taking on the Cardinals and the Giants going up against the Diamondbacks.

With tens of thousands of fans arriving to the games in the hours before the first pitch and opening kickoff, it might be a good day to leave work early.

As happened during All-Star Weekend in July, some ramps might have to be closed if traffic gets too bad, according to Caltrans. The King Street ramp off Interstate Highway 280 and other exits from freeways close to AT&T Park could be closed and detours set up, Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said.

Wonder said travelers can expect heavy congestion on most freeways in The City as well as on the Bay Bridge. As a result, the use of public transit is being strongly encouraged.

Fans going to see the 49ers season opener can take advantage of increased SamTrans service during game days this season. Bus pickup points will be added to Caltrain stations throughout San Mateo County and at the Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco BART stations. These buses arrive 30 minutes before kickoff and leave the park 20 minutes after the final whistle. Muni also offers service to the park.

Muni should be the best way to get to see the Giants play, with additional service to the park to be added tonight. Fans can take the Muni N-Judah or T-Third lines to the Second and King station, which is right next to the park. Muni Metro is accessible from the Montgomery, Embarcadero, Civic Center and Powell BART stations. Muni buses 10, 30, 45 and 47 also stop within two blocks of AT&T Park.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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