San Francisco is expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors a day for the 34th America’s Cup, which could present a logistical nightmare when it comes to transporting all those yachting fans into and around The City.
Mayor Ed Lee, however, will announce Thursday what could be some controversial plans to do just that.
The plans, according to a draft obtained by The San Francisco Examiner, include shutting down the northbound side of the Embarcadero to vehicles; limiting some neighborhoods to residence only traffic; allocating one lane of Van Ness to buses only; providing bike valets and other bicycle infrastructure on the waterfront; increasing streetcar service; increasing service to the 30-Stockton, 30X-Marina Express and 47-Van Ness; and hiring “greeters” at key transportation hubs to direct pedestrian traffic.
City residents are already worried about getting to their homes during two events in 2012 and the America’s Cup final in 2013. The transportation plan is the first step in getting an environmental impact report passed.
That environmental review should be finished by summer while the transportation plan, also known as the “people plan,” needs to be approved by Sept. 30.
Lee is holding a press conference across from the Ferry Building at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to talk about more details.