OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, which means Oakland gets to deck out in blue and gold and give the champs a parade.
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The parade is on Thursday at 10 a.m. (Fans can begin to line up for the rally as early as 5 a.m. at Lakeshore Avenue and 12th Street.)
The route will start at Broadway and 11th Street, before turning right on Grand Avenue, right on Harrison to 19th street, right on Lakeside Drive to Oak Street before ending at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.
BART officials are expecting record-high ridership numbers for the victory parade scheduled for Thursday in Oakland to celebrate the Golden State Warriors' championship win.
BART trains carried 586,061 passengers for the San Francisco Giants' World Series parade in 2012, and 548,076 passengers for the Warriors parade after their title in 2015. Ridership could meet or exceed those numbers on Thursday, according to BART officials.
Paul Oversier, assistant general manager of operations, at a news conference this morning at the 19th Street Oakland station asked passengers to avoid using the Lake Merritt station on the day of the parade.
"Lake Merritt station gets crowded very easily," Oversier said. Instead, passengers are advised to use the 19th Street station or the 12th Street station, both of which are on the parade route.
Oversier also asked passengers to be patient, observe a high level of civility while riding BART and buy a Clipper card in advance to avoid the long lines expected at ticket machines.
"You do not want to be buying a ticket at a BART station Thursday," Oversier said.
Tables will be set up at 10 of the system's busiest stations so that passengers can buy Clipper cards on a cash-only basis for $15, which should be enough to cover fares for a round trip.
That list of stations includes: Fremont, Warm Springs, Dublin/Pleasanton, El Cerrito del Norte, Coliseum, Bay Fair, Millbrae, 12th Street, 19th Street and Lake Merritt.
Parking is also expected to be adversely affected by high ridership Thursday, and Oversier called parking at BART stations "another bad idea."
A number of trains will be re-routed to accommodate expected fluctuations in travel patterns. After 8 a.m., every other train headed from Warm Springs to Daly City will re-route to the MacArthur station.
Some trains will bypass the Lake Merritt station altogether. The Pittsburg/Bay Point morning service will also be impacted, as some trains will be re-routed to busier parts of the system.
Finally, BART maintenance staff are at work to get train cars and escalators in service in anticipation of Thursday's high ridership. Extra BART police will be patrolling systemwide and additional paramedics will be on standby.