49ers Lay Out Multi-Million Dollar Traffic Plan For Levi's Stadium, With Mobile App To Boot
The 49ers and the city of Santa Clara have released details of a "new traffic, parking and operations plan" for Levi's Stadium, the result of three years of "exhaustively detailed research that included 49ers fan surveys, traffic studies and several community meetings," according to Mike Rosenberg of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The multimillion-dollar traffic system is "set to be approved" tonight by the Santa Clara City Council. The plan lays out exactly how fans from across the Bay Area and beyond will "settle into nearly 30,000 parking spaces that span 28 lots." Each fan will have "custom turn-by-turn directions, based on the lot they're using and where they're coming from." In addition to spreading out traffic, the routes outlined by the 49ers are important because the streets and traffic lights will be "set up to speed up anyone using them -- and send anyone who tries to forge their own path into even worse gridlock." The travel suggestions will be "printed on the back of parking passes and available online, though the best bet for many fans will be a mobile app that will show real-time traffic, directions and parking availability." Nearly 30 temporary signs, which crews will "start setting up at 3am on Sundays, will also help guide fans on game days." Three-quarters of the parking spots, which star "at $40 a pop," will be "set aside for season-ticket holders, who have already gobbled up 12,000 parking passes." The rest are "farther away from the stadium and available on a first-come, first-served basis" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/15).