San Francisco is expecting 200,000 visitors a day for the 34th America’s Cup, which could present a logistical nightmare when it comes to transporting all those yacht racing fans. Add in a Giants game at AT&T Park and those numbers could swell even more.
A preliminary “people plan” released by city officials Thursday includes several proposals of how to manage the wave of people expected to watch the regatta.
“The big challenge is going to be, if we’re successful and this works, how are you going to move people around smartly?” Mayor Ed Lee said Thursday.
Neighborhood groups that expressed concern over transportation issues saw the plan as a good start, but mentioned that there should be more streetcars along the F-Market and Wharves and that two bus routes should be restored, according to Bill Sauro, president of the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association.
“We’re generally supportive of the way they’re doing this,” Sauro said. “Although we think they badly need more trains on that line, not just the historic street cars. As it is now, they’re full by the time you get to the Ferry Building.”
The transportation plan is the first step in getting a full environmental impact report passed. Comments will be accepted for the next two months and the plan must to be approved by Sept. 30.
By the numbers
Managing vehicle traffic will be a major challenge. These are some options under consideration.
City officials plan to limit traffic nightmares by encouraging visitors to use methods of transportation besides cars.
OTHER PROJECTS BOOSTED BY AMERICA’S CUP
The City hopes to come away from the event with long-term capital improvements.