Outside Lands Promises to Play Nice This Year

Three-day music festival tries to make neighbors happy with charter bus service

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    A shot of the crowd during a performance at last year's Outside Lands Festival.

    Residents living near Golden Gate Park beware: the Outside Lands music festival is back this weekend.

    And with the loud music comes more than 130,000 music fans descending on the City's Sunset and Richmond neighborhoods, with thousands of them driving in.

    Last year's inaugural festival wreaked havoc on neighbors of the City's largest park, where the festival was held. Residents complained about noise and trash but most of all traffic and blocked driveways.

    This year event organizers are promising will be different. They have arranged Bauer shuttles to run to and from six locations to ease traffic congestion in the neighborhood and so far concert organizers say they have received a healthy response.

    “We’re looking at 10 to 15 percent taking Bauer, and it’s all purchased in advance,” Bryan Duquette of Another Planet Entertainment told the San Francisco Examiner. “It’s an encouraging sign. I think it’s going to ease congestion and make things a lot easier for people to get in and out.”

    The shuttles will run from "the Daly City BART station, Caltrain station, 16th and Mission streets, Park Presidio, Fort Mason and UCSF," according to the paper.

    Concert organizers tacked on a $25 fee for a three day pass on the shuttle. Tickets to get into all three days of the festival already cost $225.50.

    While organizers say they are encouraged by how many people have committed to use the charter service, last year's festival also had extended bus service available to the crowd. Extra Muni lines and a bicycle valet were set up to curb the traffic but the problems still existed. And this year's crowd promises to be an older one, with acts such as Tom Jones and Pearl Jam performing.