Muni is offering special express service for Bay to Breakers

For revelers and runners in the Bay to Breakers race, the euphoria of finishing the event usually wears off as soon as they realize they are stuck at Ocean Beach.

This year, however, Muni will be able to make the trip back toward the starting line a little less tedious with its amped-up service package Sunday. The agency plans to run a downtown bus service in which passengers will travel on an express route from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street to Sansome and Bush streets downtown. The service, set to operate between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., will be the quickest way to get from the beach to downtown.

It will be complemented by Muni’s express buses on the 5-Fulton and N-Judah lines. The 5-Fulton will run from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street to Eighth and Market streets, while the N-Judah bus will run on the south side of Golden Gate Park, traveling from La Playa and Judah streets to First and Mission streets.

But like most special offers, this one comes at a price. Passengers with a monthly Muni pass who want to hop on the express lines will still have to shell out $8. Cash fares will cost $12 for adults, $10 for youths and senior citizens and $8 for disabled passengers.

Otherwise, the regular $2 Muni fare will only get you a seat on the 5-Fulton local line, which makes all the stops between 47th Avenue and downtown.

Passengers can purchase cash fares on the Muni express vehicles or have the amount debited from their Clipper cards. The cash fares will have transfers valid until 5 p.m., while the Clipper cards will have the normal 90-minute transfer window.

More than 25 Muni lines will be rerouted or delayed by street closures related to the Sunday morning race.

Along with the traffic and transit changes from Bay to Breakers, two lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed between 6 and 9:30 a.m. for the Tour of California bike race.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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