March 29, 2018

Restricted Parking at the Golden Gate Bridge April 1 - 7, 2018

Over the upcoming holiday weekend and the week following, Sunday, April 1 through Saturday, April 7, the Golden Gate Bridge District will restrict personal vehicle access to the parking lots at the Bridge, due to expected heavy traffic.

Personal vehicles are not permitted at the Welcome Center parking lot at the south end of the Bridge or at the Vista Point parking lot at the north end of the Bridge beginning at 11:00 a.m. each day the closures are in effect. The closures are planned through 5:00 p.m. each day, but parking lots may open early if road conditions warrant. We hope these measures will mitigate the significant traffic backups that occur during busy holiday periods as visitors queue for a limited number of parking spaces.

Visitors to the Golden Gate Bridge during these peak hours can still enjoy the view from the Welcome Center and the Vista Point overlooks, but they'll need to come by public transit, bicycle, tour bus, corporate shuttle, taxi, a ridesharing service such as Lyft or Uber, or park in the overflow lots along Lincoln Blvd and in the Presidio.

Tour buses will be allowed to park at both the Welcome Center and Vista Point lots. Taxis and rideshare vehicles will be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the Welcome Center ONLY—they will not be allowed to enter Vista Point. In addition, no taxi or rideshare staging or waiting will be allowed and ridesharing vehicles will need proper identification.

The area affords many beautiful alternate locations to view the Bridge. A list of seven other lookout points can be found here: http://www.parksconservancy.org/ggb_overlooks.

The Welcome Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and cafés will be open to serve food and drink as usual. Visitors can plan their transit trip at 511.org or by calling our Customer Service Center at 511 (say "Golden Gate Transit")/TDD 711, weekdays, except holidays, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Electronic signs will notify drivers of the lot closures in advance of the Bridge, and signs will also be placed on the Bridge itself leading up to the Vista Point exit. Bicyclists are welcome.

This change from usual operations is the result of joint cooperation between Caltrans (which owns Vista Point and has issued a permit for this holiday closure), the California Highway Patrol, the National Park Service, and the GGBHTD.