SFMTA gears up for weekend full of events

This weekend, San Francisco will see more than 1 million visitors attending a number of exciting events taking place in our city.

Major events include: the America’s Cup World Series at Marina Green; Fleet Week on the northern and eastern waterfront; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park; the Castro Street Fair; the Italian Heritage Parade from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach; 49ers football at Candlestick Park; and Giants playoff baseball at AT&T Park.

While our already-busy city will be busier, this weekend will be a great one for San Francisco — and we have the transportation system prepared to get everyone where they need to go. We urge anyone who will need to get around San Francisco this weekend to know your options, plan well and leave your car at home.  

Our main focus this weekend will be to ensure a safe transportation experience, whether you take Muni, walk, ride a bike, hail a taxi or, for those that absolutely have to, drive.

There will be lots of people on our streets all eager to get to where they are going. If we all share the road — and follow the rules — it will be a better and safer experience for everyone. Being mindful of your own safety, and those around you, will help get you to your destination safely and securely.

Your Muni options include:  

  • Shuttles will be added to the F line to supplement service to America’s Cup and Fleet Week events;
  • The E-Embarcadero streetcar line will run from the Caltrain depot at Fourth and King streets to Fisherman’s Wharf to allow for better regional connections and additional service;
  • From Thursday through Sunday, we will supplement service on the 47 and 49 routes with the 47L-Van Ness limited-stop special bus service to Marina Green;
  • The T-Third Street line will carry riders to Marin Street, a short walk to Fleet Week events;
  • The 5L-Fulton will provide limited-stop service between the Civic Center transit station and Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly;
  • Additional Metro trains will be provided for the Giants games;
  • Express routes, two shuttles and extra T-Third trains will be available for the 49ers game Sunday.

In coordination with the SFMTA, key regional transit operators also are offering special-event service this weekend to carry more riders, including BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, the PresidiGo shuttle and San Francisco Bay Ferry.

Bicycling and pedestrian options:

  • One lane of northbound Embarcadero between Washington and Bay streets will be converted to bicycle use only to provide better bike access to the waterfront events  and, as needed, emergency vehicle access on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Way-finding signs will direct cyclists and pedestrians throughout the bike network and along the waterfront;
  • Bike rental facilities will be located on Market Street, The Embarcadero, Marina Green, Union Square and in Golden Gate Park;
  • Free Bike Valets will be available on The Embarcadero and at Golden Gate Park and AT&T Park.

Taxi options:

  • Approximately 100 additional taxis will be made available over the weekend;
  • Hardly Strictly: Good taxi locations include La Playa Street, in the Avenues near Lincoln Way on the south side of the park and on the Avenues near the north side of the park on Fulton Street;
  • Castro Street Fair: A taxi zone is at the corner of 16th and Noe streets;
  • Giants games: Taxi zones are located at Second and Townsend streets, Second and King streets and Third and King streets.

While there are plenty of options, you can obtain further details at www.sfmta.com. We look forward to seeing you out and about this weekend!

Ed Reiskin is the director of  ransportation for the San Francisco

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