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Friday, October 31, 2014

Giants Parade, Critical Mass Means Commuting Hell for Everyone

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 6:50 AM

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Yes, there's plenty to party about today: It's Friday, it's Halloween, the Giants Parade is happening, and for some of you, it's payday. 

But every good party has a pooper, and for you, today's party pooper is going be the massive traffic jams you'll have to navigate from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.  

Also, it's supposed to rain on your parade today, really. 

The Giants parade will begin at Market Street at Steuart streets at 12 p.m. and continue westbound on Market Street turning onto McAllister Street to proceed to City Hall and Civic Center Plaza. However, the city will close off the parade route by 9 a.m., according to the Mayor's Office. Additionally, Mission Street between Van Ness Avenue and The Embarcadero will be closed to traffic.

Per Mayor Ed Lee:

Because of the number of street closures throughout the City and the amount of spectators expected, Giants fans are strongly encouraged to take public transportation including MUNI, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, and ferries to this event as parking and traffic will be extremely difficult. All Muni Metro trains will stop at Civic Center station, as well as at Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell stations for the parade and Civic Center Celebration. The SFMTA will supplement existing Metro service with six additional Metro shuttles. Motorists and transit riders should allow extra time as delays or detours are expected on Muni routes and lines not listed above. For regional transit information, please visit www.511.org. For Muni information, please visit www.sfmta.com or call 311.
Alas, both Muni and BART are gearing up to cart hundreds of thousands of Giants fans to downtown San Francisco this morning to celebrate the Giants World Series title. BART will be running its rush-hour service all day long, using every available train its got. What's even better, the tranist agency will run trains until 2 a.m., giving commuters ample time to do whatever it is they need to do to celebrate adequately and safely. 

BART will also deploy 100 extra BART employees around the stations to help deal with crowd control. You can spot them in their sharp yellow vests. In addition, there will be extra patrols and train technicians on hand, just in case (the trains break down).

Meanwhile, expect very long lines and painfully crowded trains.

Here's a handy video to help you navigate this mess.


Once the parade is over, get ready for more commuting chaos when Critical Mass takes over San Francisco at 6 p.m., and per usual tradition, the route is a surprise until it happens. Expect delays wherever you are. 

While all of this is happening, rain is expected to fall on San Francisco later in the morning, which will only add to the dragging commute.

The takeaway here: drive safely, bike carefully, don't start fistfights on BART, and enjoy the rain. 

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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