About a million people showed up for Oakland parades when the Golden State Warriors brought home the 2017 and 2018 championship titles. While Monday’s parade crowd in San Francisco is not expected to reach that level, it will definitely be large enough to impact traffic, making public transit the best way to go for the mass of “gold blooded” fans.
Monday also marks the federal Juneteenth holiday observance, though most local Jubilee events are happening this weekend.
Most buses, trains and boats lead to the parade route or close to it. The Market Street parade route begins at 11:20 a.m. at Main Street and ends at 8th Street around 2 p.m. As was done when the Giants were crowned World Series champions in 2010, 2012 and 2014, Bay Area transit agencies have extended service options to get fans to and from the big party.
People riding public transit for the first time since the pandemic, or riding for the first time ever, should plan ahead and make sure Clipper cards are set and ready to go. While there is a reported shortage of physical cards, passengers can easily obtain and add cash to a digital card through Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Preloading Clipper cards will help reduce backup at ticket vending machines inside transit stations.
Below is a rundown of service being provided by Bay Area transit agencies.
Officials posted an online rider guide for fans taking BART to and from the parade. Passengers should expect crowded trains and stations, but officials said they’ve planned for as many as 12 special event trains to help with crowding, and additional staff will be posted throughout San Francisco stations.
BART station parking will be available, but the transit agency warns that spots will fill up early. BART asks people to consider taking a bus, walking or being dropped off at a station.
Additional service augmentation includes the Red (Richmond-Millbrae) and Yellow (Antioch-SFO) line trains coming in from the East Bay. Neither will stop at the Montgomery station prior to the parade, so riders should instead get off at Embarcadero, Powell or Civic Center stations.
As a reminder, BART requires that passengers wear masks in all stations and on trains.
Muni Metro is the most direct option for many San Francisco residents. In an Instagram post, the SFMTA said there will be additional subway shuttle trains and extra bus trips available on the 9, 38, 38R, 14 and 14R.
Several bus lines that use Market Street will be rerouted to Mission Street beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. The California cable car line and F-Market/Wharves will run motorized buses. SFMTA suggest people allow for extra travel time to and from the event.
On Monday, Caltrain will run six cars on seven northbound trains: #301, #107, #703, #109, #705, #305 and #407. Regular service will run in the southbound direction all day. Parade riders can get off at Fourth and King streets and walk up to Market Street via Fourth Street, or transfer to Muni.
Golden Gate Ferry and San Francisco Bay Ferry
The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District says the Golden Gate Ferry will run two special trips from Larkspur to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal. Passengers will arrive just in time for the parade start. Another two special trips have been arranged from the San Francisco Ferry Terminal back to Larkspur after the parade is over. Click here to view the augmented Monday schedule.
San Francisco Bay Ferry says they will run on normal weekday service on Monday. They have posted suggestions for East Bay fans traveling into San Francisco.