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Street closures, bus changes this Sunday for Oakland Running Festival

on March 22, 2012

It’s time for the annual Oakland Running Festival, and that means that some streets throughout the city will be closed on Sunday, March 25, to make way for the marathon and the other race courses. The festival is expected to attract 8,000 runners.

A full list of road closures, both full and partial, can be found here. An interactive map is also available at

Here is a partial list of some of the main road closures that are planned.

Between 6 am and approximately 10 am, the following streets will be closed in both directions:

Broadway between 13th and 20th Streets
Telegraph Avenue between 14th and 20th Streets
14th Street between Franklin and Clay
College Avenue between Keith and Claremont

Between 5 am and 4 pm, the following streets will be closed in both directions:

Harrison between 19th and 20th Streets
19th Street between Webster and Alice

Dozens of streets will also be closed for shorter periods, or only in one direction, throughout the day. Click here to see a complete listing.

According to AC Transit, bus service will be “severely disrupted” on Sunday between 4 am and 5 pm. Most bus lines will detour around race areas, and in particular buses will be diverted from the downtown area. A temporary downtown bus transfer point will be set up at the intersection of Castro Street and 14th Street, which will serve as the only downtown stopping point for most bus lines that day. In other areas, bus service will continue after the runners have passed through and the area has been cleaned up. Complete information from AC Transit, including maps of service areas throughout the day, is available here.

BART service is not expected to be disrupted by the festival, and all local highways will remain open.

1 Comment

  1. Elise Chu on March 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Dear planners of this Marathon Run in Oakland:

    I live at the Uptown Apartments by 19th and Telegraph. My street was blocked early morning around 9am. But I did not have to go anywhere.

    At 10:30am I tried to drive to see a friend at Pleasant Valley and Piedmont area. I used Broadway and got to 27st. The street on 27 was blocked from Broadway to Telegraaph. I tried to go down Grand to cross over lake Merrit area. Again I am blocked. I tried the other direction and was on 26th street or so and went west past San Pablo and then end to Kirkham and still cannot cross over to 30th St. After 1/2 of this drving where I cannot cross over to 29th and up on all parallel streets, I returned home. I could not see my friend. Whoever planned this road closure had no idea whatsoever who to block streets for a run festival! You can block parallel streets for maybe 4 or 5 but not from one end of the city to another. Also, there were NO (I said NO police) to tell cars where to go to cross over. No wonder no one wants to live in Oakland downtown or Uptown.
    The City has no idea what they are do!

    Good luck with next year.

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