BERKELEY -- Berkeley has some advice for anyone with downtown or the Cal campus as their destination on Friday: Take public transportation or ride a shuttle.
The first-ever Friday night football game at UC Berkeley is on Nov. 2, with a 6 p.m. kickoff for national television and "parking and traffic congestion will begin much earlier," the city says in an advisory.
"Although Saturday games also affect parking and traffic, this game will coincide with the Friday evening commute, impacting Berkeley businesses, employees, residents and visitors in different ways," it continues.
"Whether you are coming to watch the game, coming home to Berkeley, or if you work in Berkeley, we encourage folks to use public transportation as much as possible," said City Manager Christine Daniel. "And if you're going to the game, please take one of the free shuttles."
Parking and traffic information will be available at www.calbears.com/gameday/.
Shuttles have been arranged to bring fans to the game from lots away from downtown.
Service will run from the Rockridge BART Station, downtown between Oxford and Shattuck Avenue on Center Street and the Amtrak Station at University Avenue and Fourth Street.
Free parking and shuttle service will also be available at Hs Lordship at the Berkeley Marina from 3 p.m. to an hour after the end of the game.
On-street parking in neighborhoods around the campus will be strictly enforced, with the fine for a violation doubled for the day.
Many city parking garages will be open, with special event flat-rate pricing. For locations of the garages, visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/parking.
Traffic control will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and will be a joint effort of the Berkeley and University of California police
Streets that will either be closed to traffic or where traffic will be severely limited include:
AC Transit has also announced detours on some bus lines as a result of the traffic preparations being taken.
"Lines 49 B Loop, 52, and F will be detoured from 4 p.m. until midnight and will not serve the perimeter of the UC Berkeley campus," the agency states. "Lines 1, 7, 25, 49 A Loop, 51B, 65, and 67 will not be detoured, but expect delays due to increased car traffic.
"Line 49 B Loop will not serve the stops on Piedmont Avenue at Channing Way or on Bancroft Way at Piedmont Avenue. Board Line 49 B Loop at regular stops on Piedmont Crescent at Dwight Way or on Bancroft Way at College Avenue.
"After 4 p.m., lines 52 and F will not serve any stops along the perimeter of the campus. Instead, it will serve a temporary stop on The Crescent at the eastern end of University Avenue."