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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Here's How to Navigate the Transitpocalypse Coming This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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San Francisco is expecting throngs of people to descend on the city this weekend, and when we say throngs, we mean tens of thousands of human beings milling around our compact city.

While Mayor Ed Lee says there's no need to worry about traffic jams, we still think you have good reason to doubt him on that. So here's what you can expect as the city plays host to nine big events over the weekend, including Fleet Week, the America's Cup, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival,

parades, concerts and on and on.

See also: Expect Tons of Traffic This Weekend With Non-Stop City Events


Don't bother driving, because you won't find any parking. And if you do, we're betting you'll get a ticket. But never fear, every public transit agency is preparing for your arrival starting Friday.

  • BART is adding special event trains and running extended hours to ease your mobility pain. 

  • Along with its normal routes, Golden Gate Transit says it plans to add more buses along Routes 4 and 10, with a bus departing every 30 minutes. Also, just for the weekend, GGT riders will be able to take a bus from anywhere in S.F. to anywhere else in S.F. Imagine that!

  • In addition, the transit agency is running the "Giants Ferry" from the Larkspur ferry terminal to AT&T Park.

  • Extra bus service will run from southern Marin both Saturday and Sunday, according to the website.

You can also get a boost from INRIX, a free app to help travelers avoid extra busy traffic and get an estimate on expected delays.

For an alternative to your own car while still avoiding public transit, have you considered taking someone else's? Though taxis are notoriously sparse on the streets of San Francisco, there are also town cars and ride-sharing programs. Uber, Getaround.

Now if you are crazy enough to drive, even though we told you not to, here are some tips:

Take side streets.

If you are headed to the Giants game, get off Highway 101 and take Third Street.

You music aficionados headed to Hardly Strictly should try your best to traverse the west and south side of the city to get to the park.

Avoid Park Presidio Boulevard, and go through Tungsten or Stanyan streets instead.

Anyone traveling west or east across the city this weekend should definitely avoid Portola Avenue and Market Street; take Fulton and Balboa streets instead.

And finally, if you have to cross a bridge to get here, San Mateo Bridge is your best bet.

Good luck!

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