America’s Cup race spurs San Francisco to consider crowd control 

Navigating through 200,000 yachting fanatics on the way home from work could totally cramp a person’s commute.

With that in mind, The City is hosting a meeting in the Ferry Building this week to meet with neighbors about the “people plan” they’ve come up with — the strategy for handling the crowds expected for the event.

The America’s Cup will be coming to San Francisco in summer and fall of 2013 and proponents claim it will attract hundreds of thousands of spectators to San Francisco. Since the event will be spread over several days and weeks, that could mean some fairly serious inconvenience for people who live along the waterfront, where the action will be taking place.

The City hopes to mitigate this inconvenience with measures like running a light-rail line from the ballpark to the northern waterfront, allocating one lane of Van Ness to buses only, and limiting traffic in some neighborhoods to residents-only.

The City is looking for feedback and will host a meeting to gather that feedback Thursday at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Ferry Building.

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