Beat The Bay Area's Traffic This Weekend

Road Tips From The Traffic Leader

Bob Pryor
October 12, 2018 - 10:18 am


Welcome to KCBS Radio's new weekend guide with traffic tips to save you time on the roads. Nothing's worse than getting stuck in a traffic jam, because of some avoidable special event.

KCBS Traffic's Bob Pryor — also known as Major Timesaver — has got his eyes on special events, construction projects and everything else around the Bay Area from that may be drawing crowds and creating traffic jams. 

With Bob's guidance, we’ll keep you on top of it all. Whether he's flagging the South Bay because of busy sports events or flashing a cautionary yellow light in Marin for a little extra traffic in downtown San Rafael for its film festival, Major Timesaver aims to keep you ahead of the curve.  

Have a great weekend!


Sat, Oct 13 at 12:30pm: College footaball at Santa Clara's Levi’s Stadium: San Jose State University Spartans play Army Black Knights

  • Pro tip: Expect to see extra traffic before and after the game. One good public transit way to go: Take Caltrain to Mountain View and then VTA to the stadium.
  • Areas & roadways affected: Highways 101 and 237, I-880, Lawrence Expressway, San Tomas Expressway, and Great America Parkway. Transit agencies serving the stadium: VTA buses and light rail, CalTrain.

Sat, Oct 13 at 5:15pm: Soccer at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Cruz Azul, a Mexican team

  • Pro tip: The walk is less than a mile from Caltrain’s Santa Clara station to Avaya Stadium.
  • Areas & roadways affected: Highway 87, I-880, Coleman Avenue. VTA to Santa Clara Station.


Sat, Oct 13 and Sun, Oct 14: The Treasure Island Music Festival  returns, only now it’s at Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. On Saturday, the music runs from Noon to 8:30pm; on Sunday from 12:40pm to 10pm.

  • Pro tip: The only ways to get to/from the festival site are: 1) via the free festival shuttle from West Oakland BART; or 2) via ride share drop off. There is no on-site parking, not even for bicycles, so plan ahead.
  • Areas & roadways affected: BART's West Oakland station and rideshare trips to Middle Harbor Road via Maritime St, 7th St, or Adeline St.

Sun, Oct 14 starting at 7:30am: In Berkeley and Emeryville, the East Bay 510K races will take place. The starting line is West Frontage Road, south of Gilman Street in Berkeley. Finish line is on Bay Street in the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville. The race courses run parallel to the Eastshore Freeway (I-80) and at some points, especially in Berkeley, racers will be visible from I-80, which may produce some rubbernecking.

  • Pro tip: The trick for racers is getting to the Berkeley starting line, since there are plenty of parking garages at and near the Bay Street finish line. For how best to do that, see the organizers’ Parking and Shuttle Information page:
  • Areas & roadways affected: Berkeley (including the Marina), Emeryville, I-80.


Sat, Oct 13 and Sun, Oct 14 from 9am-5pm: 48th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival takes place on Main Street. It features the Great Pumpkin Parade (Saturday at noon), and many, many other attractions.

  • Pro tip: Main Street in Half Moon Bay will be closed to traffic from Mill Street south to Monte Vista Lane. Reasonably priced parking lots can be found on Main Street both south and north of the festival, as well as on Kelly Avenue and other nearby streets. Departing the festival, you’ll need to make your way to Highway 1 in order to get to eastbound Highway 92. Then, exercise patience, because 92 will be crowded both ways and there’s no getting around that. Don’t want to drive? SamTrans’s Route 294 provides hourly service from Hillsdale Blvd at Edison Street to Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
  • Areas & roadways affected: Half Moon Bay, Main Street will be closed and there will be major impacts on Highway 92 and Highway 1.


Sat, Oct 13 starting at 5pm: Union Square: Stand For The Redwoods, a centennial celebration gala hosted by KCBS Radio anchor John Evans, will go late into the night with a concert and after-party at August Hall.

  • Pro tip: Union Square is of course right in the heart of the shopping district and you really can’t get any more convenient to BART, MUNI, the cable cars. Plenty of Lyft, Uber, and taxis too.
  • Areas & roadways affected: Union Square extending westward to Mason Street (so the area bounded by Geary St, Post St, Stockton St and Mason St).

Sun, Oct 14 from 11am-4pm: San Francisco: Sunday Streets in the Excelsior: Mission Street between Avalon Avenue and Geneva Avenue will be CLOSED to all cars – open to bicycles, skateboards, strollers, walkers, runners, and various fun activities. This will be the final Sunday Streets for the 2018 year.

  • Pro tip: Mission Street traffic will be diverted to Alemany Boulevard, which could become crowded throughout the day. Cross traffic through the event will be allowed at Persia Avenue and at Avalon Avenue/Theresa Street.
  • Areas & roadways affected: In the Excelsior neighborhood, Mission St closed between Avalon Ave and Geneva Ave. Expect extra traffic on Alemany Boulevard. and possibly on Geneva and Silver Avenues.

Fri, Oct 13, 8pm to Sat, Oct. 14  5am and Sat. Oct 14 8pm to Sun. Oct 15 5am: San Francisco Public Works crews will do grinding and paving work near the Stonestown Galleria that will require the closure of various lanes on 19th Avenue between Eucalyptus Drive and Winston Drive. To keep traffic moving, crews will repave the roadway in sections and two lanes will remain open.

  • Pro tip: Instead of 19th Avenue, take Junipero Serra Boulevard past the work area, then reconnect with 19th via Holloway Avenue or Sloat Blvd. Or just avoid this area altogether during the work hours this weekend.
  • Areas & roadways affected: 19th Avenue between Eucalyptus Drive and Winston Drive.


Sun, Oct 14 at 5pm/7-10pm: Mill Valley Film Festival's closing night film starts at 5pm at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the CineArts Sequoia in Mill Valley followed by a party from 7-10pm at the San Rafael Elks Lodge (1312 Mission Avenue near C Street).

  • Pro tip: Especially since Beale Street director and Academy Award winner for Moonlight Barry Jenkins is going to be at the closing night party, I would expect Marin cinephiles to turn out in force at the Elks Lodge in downtown San Rafael.
  • Areas & roadways affected: Possibility of extra traffic in downtown San Rafael on Mission Avenue near C Street.