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Women’s Marches And MLK Day Events Will Have Big Effect On Bay Area Roads

Weekend Traffic Tips From The Traffic Leader

Bob Pryor
January 18, 2019 - 12:48 am

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Women’s Marches will take place across the nation this Saturday and many of them will be happening right here in the Bay Area, including in downtown San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Santa Rosa.. Of course, Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr holiday, and as always it will feature the Celebration Train from San Jose taking folks to the MLK March in San Francisco.

Don’t forget that some, but not all transit agencies will run special schedules on Monday. BART, for example, will use a modified Saturday schedule, with service starting at 6am and trains running 20 minutes apart. Muni, CalTrain and VTA will follow their regular weekday schedules.

If you're driving on Monday, parking meters will be in effect in San Francisco, Residential parking permits and street sweeping rules will not be enforced, however.

SOUTH BAY:

Sat, Jan 19 from 11am-4pm: San Jose’s Women’s March will start at San Jose City Hall  at 11am and make its way through the downtown area to Arena Green East, next to the SAP Center, for a rally at noon that will run until 3pm. There's more information on the Women’s March Facebook page.

  • Pro tip: AVTA’s Santa Clara light rail station is a 5-minute walk from City Hall and several bus lines (522, 22, 23) also serve the area. The City of San Jose’s Traffic Alert page lists all the related street closures for the march. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: In downtown San Jose, there will be mulitiple street closures; and from 9am to noon many VTA lines will also be re-routed.

EAST BAY:

Sat, Jan 19 from 10am-3pm: The Oakland Women’s March begins with a 10am rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater. At 11am, participants will march via 14th Street to Frank Ogawa Plaza, where there will be speeches, performances, and organizing. 

  • Pro tip: The Lake Merritt Amphitheater is a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART Station and Ogawa/Plaza is right next door to the 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station. AC Transit’s Broadway Shuttle bus (BSD) and other bus lines also serve this downtown area (Be aware: From 9am-12:30pm, many bus lines will be re-routed).
  • Areas and roadways affected: In Oakland, the 14th Street corridor between Lake Merritt and downtown/City Center.

PENINSULA:

Mon, Jan 21: The Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train will provide free, ticketed service from San Jose to San Francisco. The train departs from San Jose Diridon station at 9:45am and makes stops in Palo Alto at 10:05 and San Mateo at 10:25 before reachin San Francisco at 10:50. There is no special southbound/return CalTrain service; however, Celebration Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1:00 p.m. that same day.

The plan is that the Celebration Train will arrive at 4th and King Streets a few minutes before the beginning of the 11am MLK March to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The MLK Celebration/event program will be held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 10am to 5pm.

  • Pro tip: Between 11am and 5pm, Muni shuttle buses will be standing by to transport those Celebration Train riders who are unable to participate in the MLK March.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Francisco, the march route will mainly be along 3rd Street from AT&T Park to Howard Street. Several MUNI lines will be re-routed due to the march.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sat, Jan 19 from 11:30am through late afternoon: San Francisco: The Women’s March begins with an 11:30am rally at Civic Center Plaza. At 1:30pm, participants will march via Market Street, to Embarcadero Plaza.

Market Street will be closed to traffic between 10th and Steuart streets during the march. Cross traffic between gaps in marchers will not be allowed. Mission Street between 6th and Beale streets may be closed as well, to create a transit-only street for Muni service diverted from Market Street. Motorists should expect significant delays along the Market Street and Mission Street corridors during the closure, continuing until around 6pm. 

  • Pro tip: Market Street will be closed to traffic between 10th and Steuart streets during the march. Cross traffic between gaps in marchers will not be allowed. Mission Street between 6th and Beale streets may be closed as well, to create a transit-only street for Muni service diverted from Market Street. More info about Muni service is here: http://bit.ly/2szzKBf
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Francisco, Market Street from 10th Street to Embarcadero Plaza, Mission Street, The Embarcadero, and public transit lines in the downtown area will all be affected.

Keep in mind, too, that only a few blocks away, on this same day, will be another source of traffic disruption:

Sat, Jan 19 from 6am to possibly as late as 9pm: San Francisco: Brannan Street will be closed in both directions between 2nd and 5th Streets so crews can shoot a number of precision driving scenes for a movie. Possible alternates for drivers to consider would be would be EB Bryant Street, WB Harrison St, or King Street (Personally, I wouldn’t even try driving in downtown San Francisco today).

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Sat, Jan 19 from 10am-1:30pm: Santa Rosa Women’s March takes place in Courthouse Square. 

  • Pro tip: A trip to the city’s parking page may be helpful. The Santa Rosa Transit Mall is at 2nd and B Streets, a short walk from the Square.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In Santa Rosa, there will be one-block-long closures of 4th Street, D Street, and the westbound lanes of 3rd Street for the march. After 1pm, all those streets should be reopened to traffic.