Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Upcoming Transportation Service Changes

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District welcomes the expected one million visitors to the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 – and we’re implementing major transportation changes to make travel smoother for everyone.

Those coming to the Golden Gate Bridge during peak visitation hours can enjoy the view from the Visitor Center and the Vista Point overlooks by taking a tour bus, corporate shuttle, taxi, or ride-sharing service such as Lyft or Uber. In order to keep traffic moving smoothly on the 101 corridor and avoid queuing for the very limited number of parking spaces available, no personal vehicles will be allowed to park at the Visitor Center or Vista Point lots between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Friday, January 29th through Sunday, February 7th. The same congestion on the Bridge occurs seasonally during high traffic times such as major holidays, and the District will be studying this approach for long term solutions.

Tour buses will be allowed to park in these areas. Taxis and rideshare services will be allowed to pick-up and drop off passengers at the Welcome Center lot at the south end of the Bridge only. No taxi staging or waiting will be allowed. Ridesharing vehicles will need proper identification, such as a decal.

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 the Vista Point exit. Bicyclists are welcome.

This change from usual operations is the result of joint cooperation between Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate Bridge District.

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.

Golden Gate Ferry will run additional service to help travelers cross the Bay between Marin and San Francisco. Monday through Friday, we’ll run extra midday and evening trips. On the weekend, we’ll run additional afternoon and evening trips. The full, updated ferry schedule is here: http://goldengate.org/news/ferry/super-bowl-ggf.php. At the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, both the main parking lot and the overflow lot at 300 Larkspur Landing Circle are expected to fill up quickly. This is a great opportunity to try out The Wave – our free ferry shuttle service. We have three different lines, serving downtown San Rafael, Terra Linda/Smith Ranch Road Park & Ride, and Ross Valley. Ferry shuttle schedules are listed here: http://goldengatetransit.org/schedules/larkspur-ferry-shuttles.php.

Golden Gate Transit passengers should expect significant traffic delays from now through Friday, February 12th due to street closures to accommodate Super Bowl City set up and take down near the Embarcadero. Additionally, we are modifying where we can let passengers disembark in San Francisco. We will not be able to serve all of our usual stops. Details of those adjustments are listed here: http://goldengate.org/news/super-bowl-golden-gate-bridge-bus-ferry-impacts.php#transit. We will not be adding extra bus service.

“The Super Bowl is an opportunity to show off our world class sights and transportation,” says Denis Mulligan, General Manager & CEO of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the globe, while keeping our local residents moving across the Bay by bridge, ferry, and bus.”

Full details of our Super Bowl week transportation plans are here: http://goldengate.org/news/super-bowl-golden-gate-bridge-bus-ferry-impacts.php.