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Warriors Fans Can Expect 'Carmageddon' On Game Nights In San Francisco, Critics Say

Matt Bigler
April 18, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Despite mounting parking restrictions, the new basketball arena for the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco could still create a traffic nightmare on game nights next season. 

There will only be about 900 parking spots at the future Chase Center arena, which is why San Francisco’s Acting Director of Transit, Julie Kirschbaum, has a piece of advice for Warriors fans: do not drive to the games.

“As with almost every trip in San Francisco, one of the best ways to get to the Chase Center will be to take transit,” Kirschbaum said.

The MUNI board passed sweeping parking restrictions in the Mission Bay neighborhood and approved new shuttles to the area as an alternative to driving. They’ve also increased the size of streetcar platforms and announced plans to work with ferry providers to establish a temporary landing between Piers 48 and 50.   

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However, Sam Singer, who is the former spokesperson for the group that opposed the arena — the now-disbanded Mission Bay Alliance — told KCBS Radio that the area around the Chase Center will be "carmageddon” on game nights.

“This particular portion of San Francisco wasn’t built to handle that amount of traffic,” Singer said. “No amount of ferries and fixed public transportation is going to be able to make up for the lack of parking space.”

Transit officials hope to have the new "Warriors ferry," as some are calling, it up and sailing by next season.