Go green this St. Patrick’s Day by taking Caltrain to San Francisco this Saturday, March 11, for the annual parade and festival. For 166 years, San Francisco has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with this traditional and highly anticipated celebration that is enjoyed by more than 100,000 people each year.
The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Market and 2nd streets and continues to the Civic Center Plaza where the daylong festival crescendos with fun. Enjoy the sounds of traditional Celtic music at the Civic Center Plaza Stage and savor the flavors of food vendors. Shop to your hearts content with handmade artisan goods or visit the booths of local sponsors. Whatever you decide let Caltrain be your ride.
Caltrain has northbound weekend service to the San Francisco station at 4th and King streets. From there, festival-goers can make their way toward Market Street by hopping onto Muni’s N-Judah line or walking one mile toward the parade route.
Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system: tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. Festival goers are encouraged to purchase a Day Pass at Caltrain ticket machines to avoid long lines after the festivities. The pass is valid for unlimited rides within zone limits on Caltrain through the last train.
Caltrain reminds festival goers to drink responsibly and to remember that alcohol is not allowed on trains beginning at 9 p.m. Food and beverages aren’t allowed on SFMTA at any time.
For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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