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How To Move 200,000 People Through the City



    The City prepares for how to deal with traffic when the America's Cup comes to town. (Published Thursday, March 31, 2011)

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined several other dignitaries Thursday  to announce the transportation plan for the America's Cup sailing race being  held in the city in 2013.

    The "People Plan," a proposal for how to move up to 200,000 people  daily along the San Francisco waterfront during the event, will emphasize the  city's commitment to pedestrian, bike and public transit options, Lee said  during a news conference outside the Ferry Building.

    "It's really the kind of event that San Francisco was created  for," he said.

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing team won the previous  America's Cup in 2010 on behalf of San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club and  got to choose the host city for the next race.

    The team announced in December that it had selected San Francisco  to host the event, which includes the America's Cup World Series in 2012, the  America's Cup Challenger Series in July 2013, and the America's Cup Finals in  September 2013.

    Mark Buell, chairman of the America's Cup Organizing Committee,  said 14 teams have so far signed up to participate in the race.

    Buell said the transit plan announced today is important because,  "If San Franciscans care about anything, it's traffic, it's parking, it's  movement."

    Specifics of the plan include modifying some San Francisco  Municipal Railway bus and light-rail vehicle lines -- including the F-Market  and Wharves, 30-Stockton, and 47-Van Ness -- creating bicycle renting and  sharing stations and secure bicycle parking, and restricting automobile  access on some streets near the city's northern waterfront.

    Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisors Ross  Mirkarimi, Mark Farrell, Scott Wiener and Eric Mar, and San Francisco  Municipal Transportation Agency Executive Director Nathaniel Ford were among  the other dignitaries in attendance at today's event.

    "Whatever we build, whatever we improve, has got to be an  improvement that benefits all San Franciscans for future generations to  come," Lee said.

    He encouraged city residents to participate in the public comment  period for the proposal before May 31.

    Comments will be used to further refine the plan in advance of a  Sept. 30 deadline agreed upon by the city and race organizers, and will also  inform the draft environmental impact report for the event, which the San  Francisco Planning Department expects to release in July.