Photo by Deborah Svoboda/KQED
Photo by Deborah Svoboda/KQED

(Bay City News Service and KQED) Bay Area transit agencies are advising residents and visitors that  they are on Sunday schedules for the Independence Day holiday today.

BART, San Francisco Municipal Railway, Alameda-Contra Costa  Transit, Caltrain, SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation  Authority are all on Sunday schedules for the holiday, which means less  trains and buses in service than a normal Friday.

However, BART and Caltrain will provide extra service to and from  the Fourth of July fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. in San Francisco.

People taking to the roads today and the rest of the holiday  weekend are warned by local law enforcement agencies to buckle up and not  drink and drive.
Police departments and the California Highway Patrol will be conducting DUI checkpoints and extra patrols across the Bay Area this  weekend.

According to the CHP,  56 people were killed in collisions across  the state during the 2013 Independence Day weekend and more than 1,500 people  were arrested by the CHP for driving under the influence that weekend.

“Our goal is to use education and enforcement to get the message  out to be responsible this weekend,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a  statement. “We want everyone to have a great Independence Day weekend, but we  also want you to do it safely and responsibly.”

AAA Northern California is offering its Tipsy Tow program to all  Bay Area residents this weekend, regardless of if they are AAA members.

Any drivers who may have drank too much alcohol can call (800)  222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator “I need a Tipsy Tow” for a free tow  home of up to 10 miles between 6 p.m. today and 6 a.m. Saturday.


San Francisco – The SFMTA indicates that parking meters, posted time-limit zones and seven-day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. Commuter tow away, residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping will not be enforced.

Oakland – The City of Oakland website indicates that July 4 is a parking meter holiday. Street sweeping in Oakland will not be enforced July 4.

San Jose – San Jose is a meter holiday.

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