For everyone who doesn't get the memo about how slow and annoying it will be to drive to the new Chase Center for events — and how impossible it will be to park close by — a brigade of new parking control officers is being hired to make their lives more difficult.
San Francisco is spending $2.5 million on 20 new traffic cops who will be installed around the new arena on Warriors game days, and on days when there are other events and concerts — of which there are expected to be about three per week, or 150 per year. As the Chronicle's Phil Matier reports, in addition to writing tickets for scofflaw street parkers, the officers will be shooing cars from certain curbs and directing traffic in the neighborhood — in no small part in order to avert blockages around UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, which were the primary argument against the arena used by its vocal foes a few years back.
Metered parking will go up to $7 per hour on event nights, the same way it does around Oracle Park on Giants game days, and parking tickets will be in the range of $87 to $110.
As Matier notes, given that Mayor London Breed is facing re-election in November and the Chase Center will have its very splashy opening in September, the mayor is making smooth traffic and transit operation in Mission Bay a "top priority."
Muni is already realigning tracks and building a new 320-foot-long light-rail platform in front of the Center to accommodate new rider traffic there — and Muni is apparently spending $15.8 million on four new light-rail cars specifically aimed at this traffic.
Game and concert attendees from the East Bay should also consider taking the ferry, with the Port of SF set to install a new temporary ferry terminal — and eventually a permanent one — right beside the arena.