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SFMTA to Provide Muni Express Service for Bay to Breakers Race

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni) and transportation throughout San Francisco, will provide pre- and post-race Express service on several Muni rail lines and bus routes for the annual Bay to Breakers Race on Sunday, May 17. In addition, BART, Caltrain, and Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry will operate special early Sunday morning service and Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation will operate express buses from Mill Valley, Emeryville and Millbrae BART stations for the race. Race participants and fans using Bay Area public transportation systems are strongly encouraged to purchase their fares in advance or use Clipper® Card to attend this event.

One of the largest running events in the world, the Bay to Breakers will close many streets from the starting line at Howard and Beale streets on the east side of San Francisco to the finish line on the west side of the city on the Great Highway near Fulton Street. Once the race begins, travelers will only have two options to cross the north/south portion of the race course: The Embarcadero and Crossover Drive (which connects 19th Avenue, south of Golden Gate Park to Park Presidio Boulevard and 25th Avenue, north of Golden Gate Park).  Travelers should expect delays due to street closures during the race and crowds of racers and spectators both before and after the race. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude in the early afternoon.

For additional event details, please visit: http://www.zapposbaytobreakers.com/ or call 415-231-3130.

For street closures, please visit:  http://www.zapposbaytobreakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/B2B-Street-Facility-Closures-All.pdf

For event course map, please visit: http://www.zapposbaytobreakers.com/course-info/

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Anyone traveling in San Francisco can check www.sfmta.com or call 311 to find out which of the 76 Muni lines will get them where they want to go.  All road users are encouraged to be aware, share the roadway and to follow all rules to ensure everyone’s safety.

Pre- and Post- Event Muni Fare

Muni customers are strongly encouraged to purchase their fare in advance or use Clipper Card to attend this event.

Pre-Race

Race participants may purchase special fare Muni pass stickers in advance through the http://www.zapposbaytobreakers.com/ Bay to Breakers registration platform.

SFMTA staff will also sell special fare Muni pass stickers at the Bay to Breakers Expo at the Fort Mason Center on:

  • Friday, May 15:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Muni special fare sticker allows customers unlimited access to all SFMTA regular and express route service (except Cable Cars) on Sunday, May 17 until 5:00 pm.

Special Fare Muni Sticker: $4.50

Post-Race (From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

SFMTA staff will sell Muni fares at the following locations:

  • Bay to Breakers Finish Line Festival, Friends and Family Meet-Up Area located on the Great Highway
  • 47th Avenue and Fulton Street

All Muni service will be provided at the regular fare:

  • $2.25 for adults (age 18-64)
  • $0.75 for seniors (ages 65 and older), youth (5-17) and people with disabilities
  • All single ride fares paid for by cash or Clipper Card will receive the regular 90-minute transfer

To expedite boarding on Muni vehicles, customers are encouraged to use their Clipper cards.

Proof-of-payment will be in effect on all Muni service.

Pre-Race Express Service, 4:45 to 6:30 a.m.

The 5 Limited Bus will depart from Fulton Street and 47th Avenue, making stops at all limited stops between 47th Avenue and Beale and Mission streets.

The N Judah Express Bus will depart from Judah and La Playa streets, making local stops to 19th Avenue, then travel express to 1st and Market and Battery streets.

Muni Metro service will run from West Portal to Embarcadero Station, making stops at Forest Hill, Castro, Church and Van Ness stations, then express to Embarcadero Station.

N Judah Line will provide service from Judah and 19th Avenue to Van Ness Station, then express to Embarcadero Station

Post-Race Service, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the local Muni routes that serve Golden Gate Park, post-race Express Muni service will be located on both the north and south sides of Golden Gate Park. All post-race express service will end at 2 p.m.

5 Fulton Express Bus will depart from Fulton Street at 47th Avenue and will operate to Sansome and Sutter streets (Montgomery BART station).

5 Fulton Rapid Bus will depart from Fulton Street and 47th Avenue and will operate on regular limited stops with last stop at Beale and Mission streets.

5 Fulton Bus will depart from Fulton Street and 43rd Avenue and will operate on regular inbound route with last stop at Beale and Mission streets.

N Judah Express Bus will provide express service on the south side of Golden Gate Park from Judah and La Playa streets, will operate on regular stops until 19th Avenue and express to Sansome and Sutter streets.

Muni Service Details

  • Significant service disruptions to Muni bus routes and rail lines are anticipated because the race route closures include Howard Street, 9th Street, Hayes Street, Fell Street and John F. Kennedy Drive for approximately four hours.  This effectively cuts the City in half.
  • Affected Muni lines: F, N, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 14R, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49; Sunday morning bus service on K, M, N and T lines through the areas of Downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, and Golden Gate Park during the race.
  • Affected city areas: Downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, Golden Gate Park.
  • Pre-race service hours: 4:45 to 6:45 a.m., post-race hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Pre-race bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street and Judah and La Playa streets to Market and Battery streets.
  • Pre-race Muni Metro service will be provided from West Portal, Castro, Church and Van Ness stations to Embarcadero Station.
  • Pre-race N-Judah service will be provided from Judah Street and 19th Avenue.
  • Post-race 5 Fulton express bus service will be provided from 47th Avenue and Fulton Street. These buses will travel express to Sansome and Sutter streets.
  • Post-race 5 Fulton bus service will be provided from Fulton Street and 43rd Avenue and will operate on regular stops to Beale and Mission streets.
  • Post-race N Judah express bus service will be provided from Judah and La Playa streets to Sansome and Sutter streets, make regular stops until 19th Avenue and express to Sansome and Sutter streets.
  • The 28 19th Avenue Route will have supplemental service running between 19th and Holloway avenues and California Street.
  • The 29 Sunset Route will have supplemental service running between 19th and Holloway avenues and Baker Beach.
  • More than 25 Muni routes and lines will be affected.
  • Streets will be re-opened once the runners have passed and the streets have been cleaned.
  • Large crowds are expected. Participants and spectators should plan for additional return travel time.

Regional Transit Options:

  • Customers are strongly encouraged to use Clipper Card for this event. Customers using Clipper Card receive a $0.50 discount off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry also provide a reciprocal single-ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. Visit clippercard.com/muni for more information on using Clipper on Muni.
  • Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation will provide private chartered bus services with a fare of $23 for a round trip and $13 for a one-way trip. These shuttles will run from Mill Valley, Emeryville and Millbrae BART stations to the race starting line before the race.  These shuttles will also provide service from the finish line back to Mill Valley, Emeryville, the Millbrae and the Embarcadero BART stations after the race.  For more details, please visit http://www.zapposbaytobreakers.com/transportation/.
  • Instead of the usual Sunday morning start at 8 a.m., BART will open at 6 a.m.  For this special event schedule, please view BART’s updated timetable https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150511.
  • Caltrain will offer four extra pre-race trains to San Francisco and three express trains after the race to San Jose. For this special event schedule, see: http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/specialevents/baytobreakers.html.
  • Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry has added early morning ferry service to Bay to Breakers.  For more information, see: http://goldengateferry.org/events/baytobreakers.php.