San Francisco will hold a ticker tape parade and civic celebration in honor of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Mayor Ed Lee announced today.
The parade in honor of the Giants' World Series victory against the Detroit Tigers will start at 11 a.m. at the foot of Market Street and continue to Civic Center Plaza, Lee said.
The Giants swept the Tigers, winning the series in Game 4 in Detroit tonight with a 4-3 victory. It is the team's second World Series win in three years. The streets of San Francisco are filled with celebrating fans following the win and the sound of car horns and fireworks are reportedly being heard all over the city.
"The rain in Detroit couldn't dampen the drive, talent and determination of the San Francisco Giants team tonight," Lee said in a statement tonight. "Once again, the Giants brought our City together as we all cheered on our hometown heroes to another remarkable World Series victory."
Caltrain announced Tuesday that it will add extra trains Wednesday morning, Oct. 31 to accommodate the thousands of fans who want to attend the ticker tape parade in addition to the approximately 20,000-plus commuters on an average weekday.
The railroad will suspend its regular southbound afternoon schedule to help move crowds out of San Francisco more efficiently.
According to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn, fans and commuters alike "should just go to [King] Station because trains will depart every 15 minutes and stop at every station."
She added that if the trains are overcrowded Caltrain will deploy trains, already located further south along the corridor, in advance of the arriving trains from San Francisco to pick up commuters at other stations.
There will be no bullet trains southbound from San Francisco.
The most important thing for people to remember she emphasized was that "things will be different, trains will be crowded, but people should be patient and have a good time."
Three trains will continue to go to Gilroy as usual, but they may be slightly off-schedule.
Caltrain will also sell—beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m.—tickets and parking permits for Wednesday from ticket vending machines at any Caltrain station, but warn parking spots may not be available along the route. They recommend riders purchase day passes to avoid long lines.
According to Caltrain, the railroad set ridership records on the day of the Giants Parade in 2010, with an additional 37,000 fans taking the train to San Francisco to take part in the historic event. Average weekday ridership on Caltrain in September was 50,821.
— Bay City News