How to catch a cab to the All-Star Game

Catching a cab in San Francisco can be a harrowing feat, and when a huge event such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game comes to town, it’s even more daunting.

Taxi drivers say pandemonium at the cab stand has become the status quo during large functions in San Francisco, such as major conventions or waterfront fireworks shows. While private limousines and pricier town cars have blocked taxi stands in the past, making it difficult for people to catch a regular cab, an entire block near AT&T Park will be cordoned off for 2½ hours today specifically for taxis.

People looking for a cab can easily pick one up on the west side of Second Street between Brannan and Townsend streets, just a block away from the northeast corner of AT&T Park, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. People with disabilities will be dropped off at Second and King streets.

“It makes us available and keeps the limos and town cars from interfering,” said Barry Toronto, who has been driving a cab in San Francisco for about 12 years. “I wish we had something on Third Street, as well. But I’m hoping enough people will know this is where we’ll be picking up and dropping off.”

During regular ballgames, there is a taxi stand at Second and King streets, but this evening’s blocklong stand will provide more of a buffer zone from traffic for the public, said Heidi Machen, executive director of the San Francisco Taxicab Commission.

arocha@examiner.com  

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