SF Muni bus rerouting to begin ahead of Warriors victory parade

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SAN FRANCISCO — Traffic impacts for Monday morning’s Warriors NBA Championship Parade will begin Sunday afternoon as SF Muni begins rerouting buses near Market Street, transit officials said.

The team announced Thursday evening he would hold his victory parade on Monday, June 20 in San Francisco on Market Street. It will begin at 11:20 a.m. at the intersection of Market and Main Streets and end at 8th Street around 2:00 p.m. The parade was originally announced to have an end point at 6th Street on Thursday, but that was changed to 8th Street Friday.

The SFMTA’s Twitter account posted information about the changes on Sunday morning, saying bus rerouting would begin at 3 p.m. A total of 31 routes that cross or are near Market Street will be affected. Most reroutings will remain in place until 6 p.m. Monday.

Rerouted Muni buses will only stop at marked Muni stops unless otherwise specified, the agency said. Muni passengers may need to walk a certain distance or change their route to get closer to their destination or a transfer point.

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Muni noted that the Metro subway will provide the most direct route to destinations along Market Street. Runners are advised to allow extra travel time. Full details on how the Warriors parade will affect Muni and the list of impacted routes are listed on the SF Muni website.

More information about the parade has been posted on the official Warriors website.

Parking in downtown San Francisco can be a challenge just about any day of the week. Add a victory parade of warriors and this challenge becomes more difficult.

“You won’t find parking, even though it’s a public holiday for some people, it’s still difficult and that doesn’t mean there won’t be meter checks in the parking lot,” Gianna said. Franco, KPIX 5 traffic animator.

Even though Monday will be a public holiday, June 16, KPIX 5 traffic anchor Gianna Franco says don’t be fooled into thinking traffic will be light.

“If you don’t have to drive, it’s probably best that you don’t,” she said.

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The parade route is short, just over a mile. It will be filled not only with screaming fans, but also with many SFPD officers – in uniform and in plainclothes – looking to make sure the crowd stays safe.

“We’re not going to tolerate violence. We’re not going to tolerate vandalism. We want people to show San Francisco and the world what our team is all about,” said SFPD officer Robert Rueca.

SFPD is on high alert for threats.

“With any type of high profile event like this, we scour social media, we scour the web for possible threats and at this time the city sees no information on credible threats,” said Rueca.

Fans wishing to join the party on Market Street are encouraged to use BART or Muni. BART officials say they are ready for the biggest crowds since the pandemic began.

The route connects Powell and Civic Center stations, requiring BART officials to anticipate peak traffic from 9 a.m. until the parade begins and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. when people leave the area.

Fans are advised to pre-load a Clipper card onto their smartphone as there is a shortage of plastic in the supply chain for the cards.

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“Really take a moment before you go to the show to pre-load a clipper card on your mobile. It’s available via Google pay, it’s available via Apple Pay. It’s very simple, it will save you time I don’t have to deal with an ATM at the station,” Filippi said.

Unlike previous championship years, no plans have been announced for a post-parade rally, so BART officials are asking fans not to crowd the Civic Center station. Passengers arriving at the Civic Center should exit at the east end of the station toward Seventh Street.

Masks are still required at all BART stations and on all trains.

Red and Yellow Line trains from the East Bay will not stop at Montgomery Street Station before the parade.

Riders on these lines are advised to get off at Embarcadero, Powell Street or Civic Center stations.

Embarcadero Station runners are discouraged from using the Market and Main Street entrance, as the area is used as a staging ground for the parade.

Additional BART police and community service officers will be deployed to downtown train stations for the event.

More information about the parade has been posted on the official Warriors website. BART has also created a Warriors Parade Guide on its website with additional information for getting to the parade.

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