San Francisco weekend traffic and transit impacts December 31-January 2 – New Years Eve complimentary free public transportation – Keep New Years Eve partying safe, warns San Francisco Police Commander James Dudley

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) advises San Francisco residents and visitors of the following event-related traffic and service impacts this weekend, Friday, Dec. 31 – Sunday, Jan. 2.

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Event participants and fun seekers should check with sfmta.com or call 311 to find out which of the 80 Muni lines will get them where they want to go.

Critical Mass

On Friday at 6 p.m. the Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza.

Holiday Muni Schedule and Parking Enforcement

On Saturday Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule in observance of New Year’s Day. Muni Metro stations will open at 8 a.m. instead of 5 a.m.

On New Year’s Day, a holiday parking schedule will be in effect and City parking meters, residential permits, commute lanes and street sweeping will not be enforced. Meters on Port property are enforced seven days a week, including holidays. Hazards are always subject to citation and towing.

49ers Football Game

The San Francisco 49ers will host their next game on Sunday, against the Arizona Cardinals starting at 1:15 p.m. at Candlestick Park.

Motorists should expect delays on all bridges and freeways leading into San Francisco for at least two hours before the start of the game and for at least two hours after the end of the game. Fans attending the games are encouraged to take public transportation. For more information, go to sfmta.com/football.

On game days, Muni offers several ways to get to Candlestick Park from throughout San Francisco . There are four Muni Express routes and two Shuttles.

The Muni Express route is Special Event Fare Service with an adult fare of $10 roundtrip and a youth/senior/disabled fare of $9 roundtrip. The Special Event fare with a Muni or CityPass is $7.

The Candlestick Shuttles are regular fare service, $2 adult cash fare per trip and $.75 for youth/senior/disabled cash fare per trip. All Muni customers who pay cash fare should be sure to ask for a transfer as proof of payment. Please go to sfmta.com for fare details.

For service to and from the game, T Third customers should transfer at the Gilman/Paul station to the 87 Candlestick Shuttle, which operates directly between the station and Candlestick Park.

Pre-game Service:

· 75X Candlestick Express – from Balboa Park BART

· 77X Candlestick Express – from California and Van Ness

· 78X Candlestick Express – from California and Funston

· 79X Candlestick Express – from Sutter and Sansome

· 86 Candlestick Shuttle – from Bacon and San Bruno

· 87 Candlestick Shuttle – from Third Street and Gillman, T Third Station

Post-game Service:

· 75X Candlestick Express – to Balboa Park BART

· 77X Candlestick Express – to Van Ness and North Point

· 78X Candlestick Express – to California and Funston

· 79X Candlestick Express – to Kearny and Sutter

· 86 Candlestick Shuttle – to Bacon and San Bruno

· 87 Candlestick Shuttle – to Third Street and Gillman, T Third Station

New Years Eve complimentary free public transportation

Muni will provide complimentary service on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m., Friday, December 31, 2010 to 6 a.m., Saturday, January 1, 2011 for the 11th consecutive year.

At midnight, there will be a fireworks show sponsored by the City from a barge off of The Embarcadero, south of the Ferry Building . Motorists should anticipate delays in the area from approximately 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Additionally, there may be delays in the Civic Center neighborhood due to various celebrations in the area.

As an extra incentive for revelers to travel on transit, there will also be special Muni Metro service extended until approximately 2:15 a.m. between West Portal Station and 4th and King streets and until 4 a.m. between West Portal and Embarcadero stations. Extra service will be deployed on Muni Owl bus routes (1 a.m. – 5 a.m.). No closures or re-routes are planned. SFPD and SFMTA will monitor for any necessary re-routes.

Complimentary Muni Service:

· 8 p.m., December 31 to 6 a.m., January 1

· Muni Metro service extended to 4 a.m. between West Portal and Embarcadero stations and until 2:15 a.m. to 4th and King streets

· Extra Owl service (1 a.m. – 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission , 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes

· Service on the F Market historic streetcar line provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.

Caltrain will depart its final New Years train from the 4th and King streets Station at 2:15 a.m., Jan. 1. All Caltrain and Samtrans service will be free after 11:00 p.m., Wednesday.

BART will provide additional service and stations will remain open until approximately 3 a.m., Jan. 1. After 8 p.m. BART service to and from the East Bay will be separated between Embarcadero and Montgomery stations. Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond trains will use Montgomery (not Embarcadero) and Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains will use at Embarcadero (not Montgomery).

Keep New Years Eve partying save, warns San Francisco Police Commander

As in years past, thousands of revelers are expected to ring in the New Year throughout San Francisco on December 31, 2010 and into the wee hours of January 1, 2011.

This year, San Francisco City officials are reminding partiers to keep it safe, sane and sober on City streets.

“Let me be absolutely clear: there will be zero tolerance for public drinking, much less public drunkenness, on New Year’s Eve on the streets of San Francisco,” said Commander James Dudley of the San Francisco Police Department.

“We want everyone to have a good time, but we want to remind people of a simple fact: drinking in public is illegal. It only takes one drunk driver or one out of control individual to spoil the festivities for dozens of people.”

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While there is no official City sponsored celebration or street closures for New Year’s Eve, there is an annual fireworks display over San Francisco Bay for which many people spill out onto the Embarcadero to observe at midnight.

“It’s a wonderful, celebratory evening but one in which people sometimes take their partying to the streets,” says Dudley, noting that over the years, New Year’s Eve has sometimes become an excuse for nuisance and even violent behavior. Just in case, Dudley makes clear: the SFPD, including its alcohol control officers, will be out in force to ensure public safety.

“This year — as in years past — we just want to remind people to keep it safe, sane and sober in San Francisco this New Year’s Eve. Spending the night in the SFPF drunk tank — or worse — is no way to celebrate.”

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