(Eric Risberg/AP file photo)

(Eric Risberg/AP file photo)

To ease traffic terror, Golden Gate Bridge parking closed Memorial Day weekend

Local transit agencies and others will close parking lots at both ends of the Golden Gate Bridge from Friday to Monday to lessen expected heavy traffic over Memorial Day weekend.

The concern is bridge traffic often snarls as tourists try to enter the Vista Point parking lot on the Marin County side of the bridge, as well as the Welcome Center parking lot on the San Francisco side.

The lots will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

A multi-agency effort will deploy engineers to study possible long-term traffic relief efforts during the closure — including boosting bus service to nearby areas, and allowing taxis, Uber and Lyft to pick up and drop off passengers at the lots.

Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol, the National Parks Service and the Golden Gate Bridge District are involved in the effort.

Visitors can park in the overflow lots along Lincoln Boulevard and in the Presidio, and the south side of the bridge can be accessed by the 28-19th Avenue Muni bus.

In the past, the lot closures stirred controversy. That’s why the multi-agency collaboration will explore multiple solutions to the traffic problems, CHP Lieutenant Aristotle Wolfe said.

“The difference with the closures now, and the closures then, is we began a study,” Wolfe said,

“I’m satisfied we’re doing everything we can to get a handle on the problem.”California Highway PatrolGolden Gate BridgeMemorial Day WeekendtrafficTransit

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