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Everything you need to know about getting to the Warriors’ championship parade in San Francisco

Posted on June 18, 2022

For the Warriors, it’s another championship parade. For BART, it’s Christmas.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to celebrate Monday’s Golden State Warriors championship parade on Market Street in San Francisco. And if history is any indication, Monday could also be one of the busiest days in BART history, despite the regional rail system’s ridership being a fraction of what it was since the pandemic.

Nine of the top 10 days with the highest ridership on BART happened either on days the Warriors or Giants held a championship parade or in the days leading up to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

“These are the kinds of events that traditionally have driven ridership records,” John Goodwin, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, told The Chronicle. “You look at the other exceptional peaks, and they track very closely with these kinds of large scale civic celebrations, so I expect that pattern to repeat itself on Monday.”

BART’s four downtown San Francisco stations will take riders directly to Monday’s Warriors parade, which will begin 11:20 a.m. at Market and Main streets and stretch for more than a mile to Market and Sixth streets. The agency is bracing for a surge in crowds and will deploy more employees at stations and run “as many as 12 special event trains” in addition to regular service Monday, according to BART’s service plan.

BART officials anticipate the busiest hours will be from 9 a.m. until the start of the parade and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and said riders should expect crowding on trains. Masks are still required on BART. The agency also warns that parking at stations — such as the MacArthur and West Oakland stations — could fill up quickly Monday.

Some exits at each Downtown San Francisco BART station will remain closed and some escalators will be inaccessible because of rebuilding projects.

Embarcadero Station’s A2 entrance at Davis and Market streets is closed and BART is discouraging riders from using the entrance at Market and Main streets because it will lead to a private parade staging area.

Montgomery Station’s B1 and B2 entrances at New Montgomery and Market streets and at Second and Market streets will be closed. Powell’s B2 entrance at Fifth and Market streets will also be closed, as will Civic Center Station’s B2 entrance at Eighth and Market streets.

It’s unclear which streets will be closed to car traffic for the parade. Erica Kato, spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency more information was coming later Friday.

For those fearing packed BART trains, the San Francisco Bay Ferry could be another option for East Bay travelers. The Ferry is running regular service Monday, and the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal on The Embarcadero is about 5-minute walk from the start of the parade. Ferry trips to San Francisco from Oakland’s ferry terminal at Jack London Square will start at 6:30 a.m.

Other transit options will be limited Monday. Muni is running its buses and trains on a Sunday schedule — meaning they’ll operate less frequently than they do on weekdays — because of the Juneteenth holiday. Still, Kato said the agency is “planning additional service” for the parade on Muni Metro’s shuttle lines and the following bus routes: the 38/38R-Geary, 14/14R-Mission and 9-San Bruno. Muni surface lines serving Market Street will re-route to Mission Street, instead.

The Juneteenth holiday is another reason why Monday is expected to bring massive amounts of riders to the BART system, reviving sights of busy stations and packed trains not seen since early 2020.

Despite those expected crowds, Goodwin and transportation officials are urging attendees to ride public transit to Monday’s parade to avoid the hassles of trying to find parking near the downtown area and the heavy traffic congestion expected in the area.

“Even in these times, (Downtown San Francisco) is a terrible place to bring a car,” Goodwin said.