49ers2.jpgAn announcement by San Francisco police might make you want to rethink how you get to or from Candlestick for today’s match between the SF 49ers and the Chicago Bears. Will Muni, despite horror stories of delays, be your best option? If you’re planning on drinking during the game, it just might be.

SFPD has announced that officers will conduct extra traffic patrols in the Candlestick Park corridor today following the San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Chicago Bears. The goal? To nab “impaired drivers,” a SFPD spokesperson said.

Motorcycle officers and marked police units will be in the Candlestick Park area from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., police said, just in time to catch tipsy folks weaving their way home after the 5:30 PM game.

One alternative, perhaps, is to take Muni to the game. (If you’re considering this, maybe you shouldn’t read Leah Garchik’s harrowing tale of a 3 hour, 10 minute Muni ride to a Niners game earlier this year.)

According to Muni, there are four Muni Express routes and two Shuttles to get you to the ‘Stick.

If you want to take the Muni Express route, better load up your clipper card: this route requires “Special Event Fare Service” with an Adult fare of $12 roundtrip, and a Youth/Senior/Disabled fare of $10 roundtrip. Have a Muni monthly pass, Passport or CityPass? The Special Event Add-on fare is $8 roundtrip. Or you can just take one of the Candlestick Shuttles, which are, Muni says, are regular fare service, ($2 adult per trip and $.75 for youth/senior/disabled per trip).

Here’s where you can catch a bus to the game:

Pre-game Service:
?? 75X Candlestick Express – from Balboa Park BART
?? 77X Candlestick Express – from California and Van Ness
?? 78X Candlestick Express – from California and Funston
?? 79X Candlestick Express – from Sutter and Sansome
?? 86 Candlestick Shuttle – from Bacon and San Bruno
?? 87 Candlestick Shuttle – from Third Street and Gillman, T Third Station (For service to and from the game, T Third customers should transfer at the Gilman/Paul station to the 87 Candlestick Shuttle, which operates directly between the station and Candlestick Park.)

Post-game Service:
?? 75X Candlestick Express – to Balboa Park BART
?? 77X Candlestick Express – to Van Ness and North Point
?? 78X Candlestick Express – to California and Funston
?? 79X Candlestick Express – to Kearny and Sutter
?? 86 Candlestick Shuttle – to Bacon and San Bruno
?? 87 Candlestick Shuttle – to Third Street and Gillman, T Third Station
79X Candlestick Express Re-route

According to Muni, the southbound 79X Candlestick Express, which provides express service to the 49ers game from downtown, will be re-routed all season due to Central Subway construction on Stockton and 4th streets. Customers traveling to the game can board the 79X Candlestick Express at the following locations:

?? Sutter and Sansome
?? Sutter and Kearny
?? Mason and Geary
?? Cyril Magnin and Market
?? 5th Street and Mission
?? 5th Street and Howard
?? 5th Street and Folsom

The southbound buses will then travel express to Candlestick Park from 5th and Folsom. Northbound buses will remain on their regular route.

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