Magazine article Sunset

New Help in Getting around San Francisco

Magazine article Sunset

New Help in Getting around San Francisco

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Last year's earthquake knocked San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway out of business. Since then, visitors have had trouble finding their way to dim sum, caffe latte, and Dungeness crab. To help get them there-and boost merchants' sales-the city is providing free parking and shuttle service to Chinatown and North Beach through the holidays, and has posted directional signs along alternative routes to these neighborhoods and Fisherman's Wharf.

The Park and Ride Shuttle is free to anyone who wants to take advantage of it. You can park at Golden Gate Garage and take the shuttle from there or board at stops along the route. The garage is at 250 Clay Street, between Battery and Davis (or enter on the Washington Street side); wait for the shuttle on Washington. It rung every 12 to 15 minutes and operates 6 Pm. to midnight Thursdays, 6 Pm. to 2 A.M. Fridays, 10 A.M. to 2 A.M. Saturdays, and 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. Sundays.

The shuttle makes four stops: Kearny and Jackson (Columbus and Kearny on the return), Columbus and Broadway (northeast corner), Columbus and Green, and the south side of Washington Square. Columbus roughly defines the eastern edge of Chinatown and the western edge of North Beach. (For a walk in North Beach, see page 14.) Stops are identified by red-and-white Park and Ride signs. Service is scheduled to run at least into January.

To qualify for the free parking, you must have your parking ticket stamped by one of the more than 400 merchants displaying the red-and-white Park and Ride poster (without a stamp, parking will cost you $14. …

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