Your Weekend Transit Advisory: St. Paddy’s parade, baseball tournament

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
On Saturday the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be held on Market Street and in the Civic Center Plaza.

Starting at 10 a.m. the parade units will gather along 2nd Street between Market and Brannan streets. At 11:30 a.m. the parade will move west along Market Street to McAllister Street and proceed west to Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and south to Grove Street where the parade will disband.

Market Street between 1st Street and Van Ness Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 11 a.m. There will be no cross traffic along Market Street during the parade which should end by 3 p.m. Streets will reopen as the marchers pass and the streets are cleaned. The reviewing stand will be on Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

The festival in Civic Center Plaza will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Grove Street between Larkin and Polk streets will be closed for the event from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should be advised that traffic in the area may be congested.

The following Muni routes and lines will be affected by the parade as early as 10 a.m.:

· F Market
· 2 Clement
· 5 Fulton
· 6 Parnassus
· 8X Bayshore Express
· 9 San Bruno
· 10 Townsend
· 12 Folsom Pacific
· 19 Polk
· 21 Hayes
· 27 Bryant
· 30 Stockton
· 31 Balboa
· 38/38L Geary
· 45 Union-Stockton
· 71 Haight-Noriega

Muni customers wishing to see the parade or who otherwise want to go downtown are advised to take Muni Metro.

World Baseball Classic
From Sunday to Tuesday, the semi-final and championship games of the World Baseball Classic will take place at AT&T Park. First pitch of each game is listed below:

· 6 p.m., Sunday
· 6 p.m., Monday
· 5 p.m., Tuesday

For more details, please visit www.worldbaseballclassic.com.

Muni customers may purchase their fares in advance at the Embarcadero Metro Station from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday and Monday and from 2 to 5 p.m., Tuesday.

Alternatively, Muni customers can also purchase their fares at AT&T Park from 7 p.m., Sunday and Monday and from 6 p.m., Tuesday. The sale window at the park will be closed after 30 minutes from the close of each game.

For more information, please visit AT&T Park Service.

Heavy traffic is expected both before and after the games. Game attendees and those traveling in the area are encouraged to take public transit.

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