Olympic Torch schedule and information

April 9, 2008 5:51:39 AM PDT
The Olympic Torch arrived at San Francisco International at 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Wednesday Events

On Wednesday, a celebration of the Olympic Torch begins at 9:00 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza. A group of Burmese monks will march across the Golden Gate Bridge at 9:30 and Tibetan protesters will gather at the Ferry Building at 10:00 a.m.

The torch relay begins at 1:00 p.m. at McCovey Covey behind AT&T Park. Eighty runners will carry it six miles up and down the Embarcadero.

LIVE VIDEO: We will be streaming LIVE coverage of the Olympic Torch run here at ABC7NEWS.COM starting at 1:00 p.m.

Olympic Torch Relay Route through San Francisco:
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  • McCovey Cove northbound to Third Street
  • Third Street to the Embarcadero
  • The Embarcadero to Jefferson Street
  • Jefferson Street to Hyde Street
  • Hyde Street to Beach Street
  • Beach Street to Polk Street
  • Polk Street to Bay Street
  • Bay Street back to the Embarcadero
  • The Embarcadero to Justin Herman Plaza for a concluding ceremony

Closures/Transit Info

Due to the Olympic Torch Run, Hwy 280 North at King Street will be closed approximately after morning commute at 9 AM until after the Torch Run has finished which is estimated to be at 4 PM. Motorists will be diverted to the 6th Street Off Ramp. Delays can be expected.

On Wednesday, April 9th at 1 PM, there will be an opening ceremony at McCovey Cove located at 3rd and Terry Francois Blvd. Soon after, the Olympic Torch Run will start. The route will be north on the Northbound Embarcadero to west on Jefferson Street to south on Hyde Street to west on Beach Street to south on Polk Street to east on Bay Street to south on the Southbound Embarcadero into Justin Herman Plaza for the ending ceremonies. The estimated time of the run is 1 and a half hours.

There will most likely be several protests along the way - the number, size and location are unknown at this time. Motorists can expect traffic delays during the event.

For real time traffic information, call 511 from any Bay Area County or go to traffic.511.org.

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For affects on SFMTA/Muni service, click here or call 311.

BART: They are not anticipating enough protesters to warrant extra trains or change in service. They will have extra police on patrol.

MUNI: The following Muni lines will be directly affected by Wednesday's event:

  • All Cable Car lines
  • F - Market
  • K/T - Third
  • N - Judah
  • 9X - Bayshore Express
  • 10 - Townsend
  • 12 - Folsom - Pacific
  • 19 - Polk
  • 20 - Columbus
  • 30 - Stockton
  • 39 - Coit Tower
  • 47 - Van Ness
  • 49 - Van Ness - Mission

  • All Cable Car service will be suspended from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided.
  • Muni Metro service along the Embarcadero and 4th and King will be suspended from 12-4 p.m.
  • F-Market service will be suspended between Fisherman's Wharf and Van Ness Ave.
  • Muni bus lines will be re-routed as needed.


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