Trains, Buses Packed As Giants Fans Flock To World Series Victory Celebration
Droves of San Francisco Giants fans are making their way into the city today for a parade to celebrate the team's second World Series title in three seasons.
Even before the sun came up, BART trains in the East Bay were already packed with orange-and-black-clad fans.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said ridership is significantly up from an average workday, but that trains are running smoothly.
All available trains are in service, Trost said. The Dublin/Pleasanton, Millbrae and Civic Center stations have been the busiest, she said.
San Francisco Municipal Railway buses were also packed, with some full buses bypassing those waiting at bus stops.
The Giants' World Series victory parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. near the foot of Market Street and travel to City Hall, where a massive celebration will be held in Civic Center Plaza.
On a BART train heading from Fremont to San Francisco this morning, numerous fans at one point joined in a "Let's go Giants" chant.
Of the parade-goers was Arum Kashy, 21, of Union City. Kashy took the day off from his job as a software engineer to help congratulate the team.
"It's going to be madness today," Kashy said.
Kashy said he thinks the 2012 team is better than the team in 2010, when the Giants also won the World Series.
"This team always had the 'it' factor," Kashy said.
One dedicated fan who chose not to give his name, a San Jose native now living in Virginia, flew out to the Bay Area Monday to celebrate. He said a lot of his friends who still live in the Bay Area called in sick to work today.
"Everyone is sick, it's an epidemic," he said.
One of those friends is Joel Sustiguer, 32, of San Lorenzo, who said he is afflicted with "Giants fever."
"I never had doubts about this year's playoff run," Sustiguer said. This year's parade is going to be packed, and way better than 2010."
As the parade start time nears, Trost advised riders to make sure to fill all the cars, including the lead and last cars, which are typically less crowded.
As of 8:15 a.m., all trains were on time, but Trost said people should still allow time for delays.
Ridership is already up from the 2010 parade day, she said.
Business was booming at stores and eateries near Civic Center early this morning. Lines were out the door at Sam's Diner and a Subway sandwich shop on Market Street, as well as the Starbucks and Anderson Bread Co. in Fox Plaza at Market and 10th streets.
Crowds had already formed in Civic Center Plaza, where fans waited in a drizzle of rain to honor their team.
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