Transit options 4th of July weekend

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Here are some transit resources to help you plan ahead for the 4th of July weekend festivities! Many transit services will be operating on a Sunday schedule this Independence Day holiday.



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AAA Tipsy Tow Program

Don't let 4th of July celebrations turn tragic. If excessive alcohol consumption becomes part of the festivities, AAA Northern California will take you and your car home for free. AAA will offer the service to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. on July 4 to 6 a.m. on July 5 in Northern California, Nevada and Utah. Call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Just tell the AAA operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow", and a truck will be on its way.



Most transit services will be enhanced for the weekend. Check 511 for the latest updates.


BART will operate on a Sunday schedule July 4th with service beginning around 8 am. BART also will run longer trains and add special event trains as needed to accommodate riders attending the fireworks display at San Francisco's Pier 39. The largest crowds of fireworks-viewers are expected to be using the Embarcadero Station. The fireworks over Pier 39 are scheduled to begin around 9:30 pm. Riders are encouraged to buy a roundtrip ticket to avoid lines.


Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule and add special services. Entertainment will be at Pier 39, Aquatic Park and Ghirardelli Square, with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Street closures are required in the surrounding areas due to the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration. Some regular Muni lines and routes will be re-routed due to congestion.


Caltrain will operate four extra southbound trains out of San Francisco for those attending the Independence Day fireworks along the waterfront. Trains will depart as scheduled or when full: 11 p.m. express to San Carlos (then local to San Jose Diridon), 11:20 p.m., 11:40 p.m. and midnight locals to San Jose Diridon.

AC Transit

Several bus lines will be detoured on July 4th between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the Alameda Fourth of July Parade.