Downtown San Francisco and San Jose to See Major Congestion This Weekend

Traffic Tips From KCBS Radio

Bob Pryor
January 24, 2019 - 11:45 pm

There's no better place to start your weekend than with a preview of the big events and traffic tips from KCBS Radio traffic reporter Bob Pryor. He's got his eyes on all corners of the Bay Area for the best things to do and how to save time on the roads and mass transit.  Check back every Friday for his weekend report, and be sure to like us on Facebook for news every day. 

San Jose will be hockey-central this weekend with the NHL All-Star Game at the SAP Center on Saturday and a bunch of related events throughout the weekend. There's a good chance that all of the hockey hoopla will create traffic headaches.

It’ll likely be equally hard to avoid delays in downtown San Francisco on Saturday afternoon as the Walk for Life West Coast and a counter-demonstration take place along the Market Street. 

Rounding out the weekend, there's gong to be a BART delay in the East Bay, a parade of pooches on the Peninsula, while a well-known highway rest stop in Vallejo is temporarily out of business.


Fri. through Sun.: NHL All-Star Weekend takes over the San Jose's SAP Center with a skills competition on Friday night and all-star game on Saturday evening while the  McEnery Convention Center hosts the Fan Fair through Sunday. Check out their website for the complete schedule

  • Pro tip: Be aware that on Friday and Saturday, there will be street closures in near the Center that could bog down traffic – and not just at night but during the day as well. When-and-where details on those closures can be found here. The Convention Center light rail station is your best bet for getting to the Fan Fair at McEnery.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In downtown San Jose, events will affect the streets around the SAP Center (West Santa Clara Street at Autumn Street, next to Arena Green West) and the McEnery Convention Center (San Carlos Street just west of Market Street).


Sun, Jan 27 8am to 2pm: Track work will result in 20-to-40 minutes delays on BART between the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station and South Hayward station.

  • Pro tip: If you're forced to take BART, build in extra time or drive, call a taxi or rideshare, or consider taking an AC Transit bus. And periodically check BART’s website because sometimes these things wrap up early or run late. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: Trains heading to, or originating from, BART’s Warm Springs/South Fremont Line.


Sat, Jan 26 and Sun, Jan 27 from 8am-5pm: Daly City: The Cow Palace hosts the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, billed as the West Coast’s premier benched dog show (Fun fact: A benched show is where showgoers can meet the dogs, since they’re up on special benches organized by breed).

  • Pro tip: The Cow Palace is remote from public transportation, but they have a webpage to help out with that and a parking page for those who prefer to drive.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In northernmost Daly City: Could be extra traffic on Geneva Avenue west of Bayshore Blvd.


Sat, Jan 26 from 12:30pm to late afternoon: San Francisco: 15th Annual Walk for Life’ West Coast rally and march. The Civic Center rally will be followed by a  march from along Market Street to Embarcadero Plaza. There will be an opposing march on Market Street between Powell and Montgomery. 

  • Pro tip: From 1pm to approximately 6pm, Market Street will be closed to traffic between 10th and Fremont streets. Cross traffic between gaps in marchers will not be allowed. Motorists should expect significant delays along the Market Street and Mission Street corridors.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Francisco: The Civic Center area until 1:30pm. After that, about 10 blocks of Market Street in the downtown area, and a parallel stretch of Mission Street, likely for a few hours. Also, a large number of MUNI lines will be re-routed.


Caltrans has temporarily closed the Hunter Hill rest stop on Interstate 80 in the outskirts if Vallejo for maintenance and repairs. Although the closure is already in place, the work itself is tentatively planned to begin the week of Monday, January 28. The re-opening date for the rest stop has not yet been determined.

  • Pro tip: This is the only freeway rest stop I know of that has four-and-a-half stars on Yelp, so no doubt it will be missed by many motorists. Drivers rave about the picnic tables and scenic vistas.