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The two best ways to get to Union Square and downtown San Francisco during the holidays, especially on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, are Muni Metro or BART. The Powell Street stop for Muni Metro and BART takes you to the foot of Union Square, directly beneath the San Francisco Centre, and one block from the Metreon at 5th and Mission streets.
The following Muni rail lines and bus routes will take you to Union Square:
The historic cable car and F Market & Wharves lines make holiday shopping an excursion that is fun for the whole family.
Ferries that operate on the day after Thanksgiving: Larkspur, Sausalito, Vallejo and Oakland-Alameda.
Schedule details can be found at 511.org or by calling 511.
Transit Safety Reminders
Muni customers and shoppers should be careful of pick-pockets, especially during the holiday season.
Be alert for pick pockets. Carry wallets in front pockets and close handbags and carry them in front of you in crowds.
If you believe you have experienced a theft on a Muni vehicle please alert the Operator, if possible, and call San Francisco Police Department non-emergency at 415.553.0123. Please note the bus or train number as well as the date and time. Call 911 for emergencies or crimes in progress.
Due to heightened security measures, do not leave bags or parcels unattended at any time.
Reduced Muni fares: Children age 5 to 17, seniors, and the disabled ride Muni for a fraction of the regular adult fare. The Adult fare is $2 with a 90-minute transfer. The reduced fare is $.75 with a 90-minute transfer. These fares are good on all Muni vehicles, except Cable Cars. Fare details can be found at sfmta.com/fares.
The Muni Metro cash-less faregates will accept Clipper cards and the 90-day limited use Muni tickets. These are also accepted on all Muni vehicles, including cable cars. At the ticket vending machines (TVM) in Muni Metro stations, cash customers can purchase their fares. They may either buy their fare on a Clipper card or on a paper 90-day limited use Muni ticket. Customers who already have a card or ticket can use the TVMs to check their balance or add value. For more Clipper information, please visit sfmta.com/clipper.
Cable cars are a flat rate of $6 per trip. Those wishing to make more than two trips should purchase a Muni 1-day Passport for $14. Muni also sells 3-day Passports and 7-day Passports. Please visit sfmta.com/passports for further information about Muni Passports.
Children age 5-12 and seniors 65 or older can ride BART for one-quarter the normal fare with discount tickets. BART discount tickets are only sold online or through the mail. They can also be purchased on Clipper cards at www.clippercard.com.
Holiday shoppers can take BART for free on Dec. 10 or 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a special travel voucher good for one round-trip to and from any BART station.
Vouchers will be handed out to customers inside seven BART stations — Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, Civic Center, 12th Street Oakland, 19th Street Oakland and Downtown Berkeley — on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 a.m. Each customer must have a voucher to ride free on December 10 or 11. More information will be made available on BART’s website bart.gov.
Bikes and Taxis
Best bicycle parking near Union Square and downtown: Union Square, Ellis O’Farrell and 5th/Mission garages all offer free bicycle parking on a first come, first served basis.
Taxi stands are situated throughout downtown San Francisco, usually near hotels.
Most BART stations have ample parking on the day after Thanksgiving.
SFpark makes finding a spot in downtown San Francisco easier than ever. Garages near downtown and Union Square include: Union Square, 985 spaces; Ellis-O’Farrell, 950 spaces; 5th/Mission, 2,585 spaces; Moscone Center, 732 spaces; and Sutter Stockton, 1,865 spaces.
The SFMTA encourages holiday shoppers to go straight to SFparkgarages rather than circle for parking on streets filled with traffic and pedestrians.
Benefits of the SFpark garages include:
The SFpark pilot covers 7,000 of San Francisco’s 28,800 metered spaces and 12,250 spaces in 15 of 20 SFMTA-managed parking garages. These garages and spaces are located in the following neighborhoods: Civic Center, Hayes Valley, the Financial District, SoMa, the Mission, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Fillmore and the Marina.
Other parking garages near Union Square that do not fill up on Saturdays or the day after Thanksgiving: Hearst Garage on 3rd Street between Mission and Market Streets and the Jessie Square Garage on Stevenson Street west of 3rd Street.
Read all parking signs carefully before parking. Many downtown parking spaces are designated for commercial vehicle parking, and many spaces become tow-away zones after 3 or 4 p.m.
If a parking garage is full, garage attendants will provide maps to nearby garages that have space available. Do not wait outside full garages.
Customers can find locations, rates and parking space availability for SFpark garages on SFpark.org, iPhone and Android apps or by texting “SFpark” to 877877.
Seasonal Parking and Traffic Measures
The SFMTA will restrict on-street parking on several downtown streets between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in order to increase traffic and transit capacity during the busy holiday shopping season. “Tow Away No Stopping” signs will be installed on the following streets from Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 1:
Traffic Control Officers will be deployed to the Union Square and Moscone Center areas as needed to facilitate traffic flow and ensure pedestrian safety and access.
In order to facilitate traffic and transit flow, no traffic lane or sidewalk closures will be allowed on business area streets between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, other than emergency work.
For Muni route, schedule, fare and accessible services information anytime: Visit www.sfmta.com or call 311.
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