San Francisco Prepares for Influx of Visitors on Event-Packed Weekend

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:22:11 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON 4) -- The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), reminds customers, residents and visitors to San Francisco of the numerous major events that started on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and will run through the Columbus Holiday, Monday, Oct. 8.
The multiple events will significantly impact traffic throughout the city this weekend.  Event participants and fun seekers should check with or call 311 to find out which of the 80 Muni lines will get them where they want to go.

“This weekend will be a great one for our city and we have the transportation system prepared. We urge anyone who will need to get around San Francisco this weekend to know their options, plan well, and leave their cars at home. We urge everyone to avoid delays by taking Muni, a bike, a taxi or a walk when getting around this weekend,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation.

Attendees are encouraged to come early to avoid back-ups and are reminded that parking is limited at all event venues.

The major events running through Oct. 8 include:

·        America’s Cup World Series – Marina Green (Tuesday through Sunday);

·        Fleet Week – northern and eastern waterfront (Tuesday through Monday; airshows on Saturday and Sunday);

·        Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – Golden Gate Park (Friday through Sunday);

·        UNIQLO Grand Opening - Closes Ellis Street between Powell and Cyril Magnin streets (Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days);

·        Castro Street Fair – Castro District (Sunday);

·        Italian Heritage Parade – Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach (Sunday);

·        Ten Ten Parade – Grant Avenue (Saturday);

·        49ers Football – Candlestick Park (Sunday); and

·        Giants playoff baseball games - AT&T Park (Saturday and Sunday).

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.

Stockton Street will be closed between Geary and Market streets as part of the on-going Central Subway construction.  A cruise ship will unload and load on Saturday at Pier 35, adding to congestion on The Embarcadero.

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