SAN FRANCISCO (USGA) — The United States Golf Association has announced the transportation plan for the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, scheduled for June 11-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The plan is designed to provide an efficient satellite parking system for attendees, while minimizing traffic congestion in the area.
More than 17,000 satellite parking spaces have been secured to assure that the anticipated 230,000 spectators during the week of the U.S. Open experience trouble-free travel to and from the championship. Local traffic representatives from the City and County of San Francisco, Daly City, San Mateo County, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) have been involved in the year-long planning process with the USGA.
All general spectators traveling by car to the 2012 U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic Club should park at Candlestick Park, located just off US-101. To access Candlestick Park, all spectators will be directed onto Hunters Point Expressway and Gilman Avenue. The location of the entrance to Candlestick Park will vary depending on the time of day; spectators should follow championship event signage and traffic attendants to the appropriate parking location.
The USGA will operate approximately 125 shuttle buses from Candlestick Park. The shuttles will run continuously from 6a.m to 9p.m. each day and will drop off spectators in close proximity to the Main Admission Gate. Shuttle transportation from Candlestick Park should take approximately 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic.
BART will also serve as a quick and convenient way to travel to the U.S. Open Championship. Spectators are instructed to take BART’s Pittsburg/Bay Point-SFO (Yellow) line or the Richmond-Millbrae (Red) line to the Colma Station. BART riders taking a different line are advised to transfer to the Yellow or Red line at the Balboa Park Station. The USGA will provide shuttle service to and from the Colma Station and the Main Admission Gate. There will be no event parking at the Colma Station or SamTran’s Park ‘n Ride. Regular BART fares apply. Visit www.bart.gov for more information regarding scheduling, station locations and fares.
There will be no general parking in the immediate vicinity of The Olympic Club. Vehicles that are parked illegally will be subject to ticketing, fines and towing.
Accessible parking spaces will be available at all championship parking areas for vehicles displaying appropriate HD/DP license plates or placards. Individuals requiring lift-equipped transportation are encouraged to contact the transportation hotline at (800) 698-0661 to obtain additional information regarding parking and transportation.
Local residents who wish to be dropped off at the championship should utilize the Passenger, Taxi or Limousine Drop-Off, located at the Westlake Park Community Center on Lake Merced Boulevard. Vehicles (15-passengers and smaller) should access Westlake Park Community Center by way of northbound Lake Merced Boulevard via John Daly Boulevard. The Passenger, Taxi or Limousine Drop-Off will not be accessible via left turn from southbound Lake Merced Boulevard.
Groups of spectators arriving at the championship by private coach bus or mini bus (16-passengers and larger) will not be allowed to access the Passenger, Taxi or Limousine Drop-Off. These vehicles are directed by law enforcement personnel to park at Candlestick Park, where U.S. Open shuttles will transport them to the championship.
Those choosing to ride a bicycle to the championship will be instructed to proceed to the pedestrian bridge that spans the southeastern end of Lake Merced. Bike rack will be provided to secure all bikes at the western end of the pedestrian bridge on the John Muir Drive side. Owners are responsible for securing their bikes. Spectators will then walk to the John Muir Admission Gate. Bikes will be left at the owner’s risk.
All inbound cyclists are instructed to proceed to the pedestrian bridge via Lake Merced Boulevard. Cyclists will not be permitted on Skyline Boulevard between John Muir Drive and John Daly Boulevard nor will they be permitted on John Muir Drive. All cyclists must proceed to the bridge via Lake Merced Boulevard from the Skyline Boulevard-Lake Merced Boulevard intersection from the north or the John Daly Boulevard-Lake Merced Boulevard intersection from the south.
Road closures and detour traffic patterns will be implemented along CA-35/Skyline Boulevard and John Muir Drive. Both roads will be restricted to championship-only traffic displaying the proper permit and/or placard. No other vehicles will be permitted on either thoroughfare during the following times:
CA-35/Skyline Boulevard: Northbound Lanes 1 & 2 – Closed June 11-17 from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
CA-35/Skyline Boulevard: Southbound Lane 1 – Closed June 11-17 from 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Southbound Lane 2 will remain open to the general public during the above hours.
John Muir Drive: Closed beginning Sunday, June 10 at 6 a.m. Reopening Monday, June 18 at 6 a.m. Access restricted to Lakewood Apartment residents only. Residents must display the proper USGA-issued parking hangtag to facilitate access onto John Muir Drive.
A detour signage plan will be implemented to facilitate vehicular movement around the impending road closures. Area residents and local businesses are asked to be mindful of the following guidelines during the week of the championship to ensure smooth traffic flow.
Due to U.S. Open traffic patterns, delays can be expected during peak arrival and departure times (7 a.m.-11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.) in the immediate vicinity of The Olympic Club, including but not limited to the following locations:
John Daly Boulevard from I-280 to CA-35/Skyline Boulevard.
Lake Merced Boulevard from John Daly Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard.
CA-35/Skyline Boulevard from CA-1 to John Daly Boulevard.
Southbound CA-35/Skyline Boulevard from Great Highway to John Daly Boulevard.
Shuttle traffic will be heavy along the primary routes to and from Candlestick Park and The Olympic Club. Motorists should expect significant delays when traveling along the following routes:
Jamestown Avenue from 3rd Street to Harney Way.
Hunters Point Expressway from Harney Way/Gilman Avenue to 3rd Street.
Ingerson Avenue from Candlestick Park to 3rd Street.
I-380 from I-280 to U.S. 101.
Please check www.usopen.com for regular transportation updates and more information on the 2012 U.S. Open Championship.
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