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Here’s how President Biden’s Bay Area visit will impact San Francisco traffic

A person in sunglasses is exiting a car, with another person reflected on the vehicle's window.
President Joe Biden leans of a vehicle near the Henlopen City Oyster House after having lunch at the restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Feb. 17. | Source: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

President Biden’s Bay Area visit Thursday and Friday is expected to disrupt traffic in parts of San Francisco’s downtown, Nob Hill and Chinatown neighborhoods, as well as along Highway 101.

The president will reportedly land at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View around 7:40 p.m. before arriving in San Francisco around 8:15 p.m., according to Roll Call’s calendar.

According to reports, the president is due to attend two fundraisers, including one Friday at the Portola Valley home of Vinod Khosla, a billionaire venture capitalist whose investment portfolio includes everything from software companies to DoorDash and Instacart. 

Travel to the fundraisers will likely require the presidential motorcade to take Highway 101 into San Francisco late Thursday and out of the city on Friday.

The president last visited the Bay Area in February, attending a dinner in San Francisco and a fundraiser in the South Bay enclave of Los Altos Hills.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks down the stairs from Air Force One after arriving at San Francisco International Airport.
Biden arrives at San Francisco International Airport ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November. | Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is closing California Street between Powell and Taylor streets and Mason Street between Pine and Sacramento streets all day Thursday and Friday due to the president’s visit.

Transit officials are also rerouting the 1 California bus line, and the California Cable Car Line route will instead be served by buses due to the street closures.

More details about the route changes and alternate stops are available on the SFMTA’s website.