September 11, 2017

Golden Gate Bridge Parking Lot Closures Continue Through September

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) will continue with weekend parking lot closures through September 2017 to mitigate significant traffic backups that occur on busy weekends as numerous visitors queue for a limited number of parking spaces. This comes after similar closures in August proved successful in reducing backups caused by drivers seeking limited number of spaces at Bridge lots.

Parking restrictions at the Vista Point lot at the north end of the Bridge and the Welcome Center parking lot at the south end of the Bridge will occur between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Caltrans, which owns the Vista Point lot, issued a permit to allow the District to conduct these restrictions; the District owns the Welcome Center lot.

Tour buses will be allowed to park at both lots; taxis and rideshare vehicles will be allowed to pick-up and drop off passengers at the Welcome Center ONLY, but will not be allowed to enter Vista Point. No taxi or rideshare staging or waiting will be allowed. Personal vehicles are not permitted in either parking lot.

The Welcome Center will still be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and caf├ęs will be open to serve food and drink as usual. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation or private tour buses to visit the Welcome Center and the Bridge. Bicyclists are always welcome.

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.

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

Visitors can plan their trip on transit HERE or by calling the Golden Gate Customer Service Center at 511 (say "Golden Gate Transit")/TDD 711, weekdays, except holidays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.