In an effort to boost public transit ridership to events at Chase Center, Mayor London N. Breed today announced an innovative partnership between the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) that will make taking Muni to a game or concert easier and more seamless than ever before.
The SFMTA and Chase Center, which will open in September as the new home of the Warriors, have created a “Transit Bundling” program, in which all event tickets will serve as Muni tickets for event patrons. Under the deal, the Warriors have agreed to pay for the Transit Bundling program.
“We want people to take public transit to Chase Center, so we’re making it affordable and easy to do so,” said Mayor Breed. “This breakthrough agreement demonstrates the commitment by both the City and the Warriors to get people out of their cars so everyone can easily get to games and concerts.”
Any Chase Center patron who shows his or her event ticket at Muni turnstiles and boarding platforms will be able to ride Muni without charge. Both electronic and physical tickets for events—including Warriors basketball games, concerts and other events at Chase Center—will serve as proof of payment for Muni service throughout the day.
Mayor Breed has convened a working group of department heads, staff and Warriors personnel for months in the run-up to Chase Center’s opening in September to ensure that all the relevant departments are working together to plan for the Center’s opening. This transit bundling program is an integral part of Chase Center’s transportation plan, where public transit is recommended and encouraged as the main mode of transportation for getting to and from events. The partnership also supports the City’s goals of reducing congestion in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts said the team is investing millions of dollars in transportation infrastructure to make it as simple as possible to take buses or trains to events, which is a reflection of the team’s commitment to being a good neighbor.
“One of the best things about Chase Center is how easy it will be to get to by train, by bus, by ferry, by bicycle and by walking,” Welts said. “We are embracing this innovative tool because it may be the best incentive yet to get people to take Muni, and that’s important to the Warriors, our patrons, our neighbors and this city.”
San Francisco will be one of the first cities in the world to offer Transit Bundling to arena event attendees. The only other NBA city to do so is Phoenix, where NBA fans and concert-goers can use their event tickets to Talking Stick Arena to ride metro trains.
“We are delighted to see the Golden State Warriors embrace San Francisco’s ‘transit first’ values by making Chase Center one of the most transit-friendly arenas in the United States,” said Tom Maguire, SFMTA Acting Director of Transportation. “Bundling transit fares with event tickets will make riding public transit a more compelling, convenient and, ultimately, sustainable transportation option for Chase Center patrons.”
The Warriors chose the Mission Bay site for the new arena largely because of its transit-rich location. With a Muni Metro T Line stop right at its doorstep, dedicated Muni special event bus shuttles (78X and 79X), and a Muni stop serving the 55, 48 and 22 lines within one block, Muni will be the best way to get to Chase Center.
Chase Center also has regional connections including easy access to BART, at both the 16th Street/Mission and Embarcadero stations. Visitors from the Peninsula can connect to Caltrain at Fourth and King Streets. Ferry service will be available at the temporary Ferry Terminal at Pier 48 to serve all Warriors games and large events, as well as at Pier 52 and the Ferry Building.