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Your transit guide for navigating Fleet Week, Hardly Strictly by boat, train, bus or bicycle

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice for Fleet Week over the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — Just shy of a million people are expected to descend upon San Francisco for the annual Fleet Week celebration, and that doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands of others who will pour into Golden Gate Park for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

There’s also a Raiders game and Weeknd concert on Sunday in Oakland, and a host of other events, including the opening party for Litquake literary festival in San Francisco Friday night, the Black Cowboy Parade and Festival in Oakland on Saturday and the Italian Heritage Day Parade in San Francisco’s North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday.

It will be a busy weekend to be hanging around the bay, and transit agencies are bracing for big crowds. There will be more ferries, beefed-up BART and Caltrain service, plus additional buses serving key MUNI routes in San Francisco. Here’s a breakdown of how to get around by boat, train, bus or bicycle:

By sea: The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (also known as the San Francisco Bay Ferry) will run extra ferries from Alameda, Oakland and Vallejo to San Francisco all weekend. There will be 11 departures from Vallejo, as opposed to the usual seven, and 23 departures from Alameda and Oakland, up from the regular 15. For more information about schedules, visit SanFranciscoBayFerry.com.

Planning to take your own boat? That’s fine, according to a representative from the Port of San Francisco. Just don’t get too close to the U.S. Navy ships, or a police officer will likely ask you to back away. That means 500 yards from parading Navy vessels or 100 yards for anchored ones. More info on recreational boats can be found at FleetWeekSF.Org/Safety.

By rail: Passengers riding Caltrain from the South Bay can expect more frequent service on both Saturday and Sunday, said spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew. The additional trains will run in the morning and after festivities end in the afternoon. Passengers getting off the train in San Francisco can catch MUNI’s 30-Stockton bus for a connection to the Marina Green, where most of the Fleet Week festivities will take place. Or, they can hop on the E-Embarcadero, a historic streetcar line, which runs from the Caltrain station to Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit Caltrain.com for more.

BART will not only run longer trains all weekend, but will also provide special “event trains,” which run in-between regularly scheduled trains, for the festivities on both Saturday and Sunday, spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. On Friday, there will also be extra trains making the transbay loop, beginning at 7 p.m. until the system closes for the evening. On Saturday, the extra event trains will mostly serve downtown San Francisco stations, and on Sunday the extra trains will run in San Francisco in the morning and back to the East Bay in the afternoon.

In addition, Trost said passengers should expect heavy traffic near the Coliseum station on Sunday throughout the day and into the evening. To help passengers, more station agents will be positioned at high-traffic stations, and extra police officers will be on hand, she said. Use BART’s “Quick Planner” tool on the Bart.Gov homepage to plan your trip.

By bus: There won’t be any extra AC Transit buses making the transbay trip this weekend, spokesman Robert Lyles said. But there will extended MUNI service, according to that agency. Through Monday, Oct. 9, anyone in a military uniform, or who presents a valid military ID, can hop on a MUNI bus or Metro train car free of charge. The agency will run supplemental bus service to the marina on its F-Market and Wharves line Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. And, just for Saturday and Sunday, it will run extra buses between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the following lines: 8-Bayshore (outbound only between Kearny/Pacific streets and City College); 25-Treasure Island between Treasure Island and the Transbay Terminal; 28-19th Avenue; and the 47-Van Ness between North Point and Market streets. There will also be extra MUNI Metro trains below ground.

For those heading to Golden Gate Park and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, MUNI asks riders to plan for extra time on the N-Judah, NX-N Express, 5-Fulton, 5R-Fulton Rapid, 7-Haight/Noriega, 7X-Noriega Express, 18-46th Avenue, 28-19th Avenue, 28R-19th Avenue Rapid, 29-Sunset, and 44-O’Shaughnessy routes. There will be extra pre-concert service on the N-Judah and 5R-Fulton Rapid, as well as post-concert service operating one-way, eastbound trips, which leave from 30th and 25th avenues and stop at Hyde and Grove streets near the Civic Center BART station. And, there is supplemental post-concert service on N-Judah trains from La Playa to the Caltrain station, boarding at Judah Street and Sunset Boulevard or any N-Judah stop.

Don’t want to deal with the bus? There will be temporary taxi stands for the festival from 9 a.m. on Friday until 2 a.m. on Monday on Fulton Street (south side) between 35th and 36th avenues, as well as 28th and 29th avenues.

Pedal powered? There will be both self-service and valet bicycle parking available at various event entrances. More information about the concert can be found at HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com.

By car: Just don’t do it — seriously! But if you have to, bear in mind that Jefferson Street between Hyde Street and the westerly terminus will be closed from 6 a.m. on Friday until 6 p.m. on Sunday. And, on Sunday, the 149th annual Italian Heritage Day Parade will close a host of streets, including Powell Street between Chestnut and Beach streets, Stockton Street between Bay and Beach streets, Beach Street between Mason Street and Grant Avenue, North Point Street between Mason Street and The Embarcadero, Francisco Street between Stockton and Mason streets, and Greenwich Street between Powell and Columbus streets. There are also myriad other construction-related street closures in effect. For more information on those, visit SFMTA.com and look for its weekend transit and traffic advisories.

By air: Thinking of flying over the crowds and getting up close and personal with a remotely-piloted drone? Don’t do it! Dennis Thorpe, the manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Oakland office, cautions there is a temporary flight restriction zone around the Bay Area for Fleet Week, which extends in a five-mile radius from the epicenter of the air show.

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