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People are flooding to San Francisco’s city center from around the Bay Area today for the victory parade in honor of the Giants, and public transit system riders are feeling the squeeze.
Giants fans were boarding the inbound N-Judah line from the Outer Sunset fully clad in jerseys, hats, and orange foam fingers as early as 6:30 a.m. hoping to get a spot along the parade route. The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. and will go from the bay to Civic Center Plaza.
Though major delays on the underground San Francisco Municipal Railway lines hadn’t been reported to spokesman Paul Rose as of 9:40 a.m., a commute on the N-Judah from 19th Avenue to Van Ness station took about 10 minutes longer than usual because the train had to stop for a longer period at each stop to allow orange-and-black clad riders aboard.
For those unfortunate enough to not snag a seat, there was less than 5 inches of space between each rider, though everyone was all smiles at each new on boarding fan.
“People should expect heavy ridership today,” Rose said. “It’s also going to depend on the lines you take.”
Riders on one outbound K/T-Ingleside/Third train experienced about a 20-minute delay at Third and Mariposa streets when the train lost power from 9:24 a.m. to 9:43 a.m., Rose said. The problem has since been fixed, he said.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will also deploy six supplemental trains in the underground subway system at 10 a.m. to carry fans to Civic Center, Powell, and Montgomery stations, Rose said.
SFMTA anticipated at least 20 street-side bus and cable car lines to be impacted, many of which run along streets that surround Civic Center Plaza. Lines running from Civic Center to Ocean Beach were also expected to be affected, Rose said.
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Kyveli Diener, Bay City News