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What To Do And How To Get There This Weekend

Traffic Tips And Events Suggestions From The Traffic Leader

Bob Pryor
December 06, 2018 - 11:36 pm

KCBS Radio's roving traffic reporter Bob Pryor knows the Bay Area like the back of his hand. Every weekend, he sizes up the biggest events from around the region and comes up with some major time-saving advice on how to beat the traffic. 

Mass transit might get messy this weekend as BART alters its East Bay service and MUNI closes some stations. There will be some freewheeling events in San Francisco, including the annual convocation of pub-crawling drinkers dressed as Santa Claus and a march of thousands of pilgrims from South San Francisco into the city. But in the South Bay, taking public transit may the answer for travelers heading to a Niners game or a holiday concert in San Jose.

It all depends on where you’re going and when. Read on for Major Timesaver’s take on when and where to hop on that bus or train or maybe just bite the bullet and pay for parking.

SOUTH BAY:

Sun, Dec 9 at 1:05pm: Levi’s Stadium: 49ers play the Denver Broncos

  • Pro tip: All the freeways and expressways around Levi’s Stadium will see increased traffic before and after the game. As always, you can take Capitol Corridor or VTA to Great America Station, or get there via a combo of CalTrain and VTA. This City of Santa Clara Traffic Advisory: is downright definitive.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Highways 101 and 237, I-880, Lawrence Expressway, Great America Parkway and San Tomas Expressway. 

Sat, Dec 8 at 6:30pm: SAP Center: Not So Silent Night, hosted by ALT 105.3, featuring acts Florence + The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Young the Giant, Chvrches, Mike Shinoda, The Struts, and Elle King.

  • Pro tip: The San Fernando VTA Light Rail station is within easy walking distance of the SAP Center, as is the Diridon CalTrain/Capitol Corridor Station.
  • Areas and roadways affected: The Alameda/West Santa Clara Street, Julian Street, N Almaden Blvd, W St. John Street. Extra ridership on VTA and CalTrain.

EAST BAY:

Sat, Dec 8 from 10pm til Sun, Dec 9 at 12:30pm. BART will be single-tracking trains between the South Hayward and Fremont stations so that crews can do track work. Passengers should expect delays ranging from 20 to 40 minutes. 

  • Pro tip: If I were an East Bay Fremont Line BART rider, I’d play it safe and build an extra 45-minute cushion into my transit time, just in case. Either that, or call up AC Transit’s Maps and Schedules in conjunction with the Trip Planner at 511.org to see which bus route will serve to get you there.
  • Areas and roadways affected: BART trains heading to, or originating from, the Warm Springs/South Fremont Line.

PENINSULA:

Sat Dec 8 from 6am-2pm: The Cruzada Guadalupana, the annual 12-mile Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe from All Soul’s Church in South San Francisco to St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. There are no planned street closures or re-routes, but streets along the procession route may be congested, since the pilgrimage will reportedly comprise 30,000 people, 25 horses, and 18 vehicles.

  • Pro tip: There are no planned street closures or re-routes, but streets along the procession route may be congested, since the pilgrimage will reportedly comprise 30,000 people, 25 horses, and 18 vehicles.
  • Areas and roadways affected: On the Peninsula and in San Francisco, the traffic impact will be mostly on Mission Rd and El Camino Real/Mission Street, with possibly some bunching up as the procession nears its end at Saint Mary’s Cathedral (Gough Street at Geary Blvd).

SAN FRANCISCO:

Fri, Dec 7 and Sat, Dec 8 from approximately 11pm-8am: MUNI: West Portal and Forest Hill Stations will be closed, along with Muni’s Twin Peaks Tunnel.

  • Pro tip: Shuttle buses will ruon the K, L, and M lines between Embarcadero and each line’s final destination. Customers should board where they see the yellow half-moon "Mun ni Metro Shuttle" signs. This closure is so MUNI crews can do maintenance and upgrade work in the tunnel.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Muni’s K, L, M lines.

Sat, Dec 8 from 12:00 noon - 6pm: San Francisco’s Union Square: “SantaCon 2018”: A large number of people dressed as Santa Claus (many of them taking part in pub crawls) will almost certainly show up in Union Square, despite the fact that the City of San Francisco has been discouraging this event due to lack of insurance and no head-person-in-charge . Organizers say the toy drive that always happens at Civic Center as part of this event will still happen regardless, and the City can’t stop people dressing up as Santa, so there.

  • Pro tip: Driving anywhere near Union Square will be just about the slowest possible way to get where you’re going due to a large number of possibly impaired pedestrians will be descending on the city’s most crowded shopping area. Several bars in the neighborhood are also hosting “SantaCon 2018” parties and nearby Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis has been transformed into “Winter Walk Plaza.”
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Francisco: Stockton, Post, Powell, Geary, and other streets in the Union Square area.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Sat, Dec 8 at 6pm: Sausalito waterfront: 31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks. Parade starts at the foot of Harbor Drive and goes south, past the Caledonia Street/New Town area, ending at Old Town. Prime viewing areas (well, the free ones) include Gabrielson Park (just north of the Sausalito Ferry Terminal) and the Bridgeway Promenade.

  • Pro tip: Prime viewing areas (well, the free ones) include Gabrielson Park (just north of the Sausalito Ferry Terminal) and the Bridgeway Promenade.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In Sausalito: Bridgeway and adjoining streets.