[Updated March 6 at 5:30pm with new information about the return route of the procession]
[Updated March 6 at 2pm with new information about park and ride lots, traffic rules during the procession, and link to the CHP press release]
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, there will be a memorial service for the two Santa Cruz police officers who were killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, February 26th. The memorial will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, and simultaneously broadcast in Santa Cruz at the new Kaiser Permanente (basketball) Arena and at the Del Mar Theater. Since traffic is expected to be impacted by these events Commute Solutions is assisting attendees and commuters with transportation resources.
Procession times coincide with commute hours, so we encourage you to carpool if you plan to attend the memorial. If you usually drive to work over the hill, Thursday will be a great day to carpool, adjust your schedule, work from home, or take a vacation day, if possible. (See map for procession route leaving Santa Cruz.)
Procession schedule and details
MORNING: TO HP PAVILLION IN SAN JOSE
A procession of law enforcement and emergency response vehicles will depart for the memorial at 8:45am from the Boardwalk and proceed down Ocean Street to Highway 17 traveling at 30 miles per hour. Vehicles will not be allowed to pass the procession while traveling over Highway 17. There will be no parking on Ocean Street prior to and during the procession. To minimize traffic impacts, those attending the memorial or commuting to jobs over the hill are advised to leave no later than 7:45am before the procession begins.
AFTERNOON: RETURNING TO SANTA CRUZ FOLLOWING MEMORIAL SERVICE
A smaller procession returning to Santa Cruz from San Jose will follow the memorial and likely depart at 3:30 or 4:00 pm. The return route will be Hwy 17 south to Hwy 1 north, continuing on Mission Street northbound and turning left on Bay Ave, then left on W Cliff, and ending at the Boardwalk. Community members are encouraged to show their support and solidarity by their presence along the route for Santa Cruz Police Department as they return to the city they serve.
CHP will be updating their Golden Gate Twitter account as they lead the departure from the HP Pavilion and assist with the procession back to Santa Cruz. Follow @CHP_GoldenGate on Twitter for live traffic advisory and procession updates.
Live broadcast of the Memorial in Santa Cruz
People who plan to attend the local broadcasts of the memorial at the new Kaiser Permanente (basketball) Arena and at the Del Mar Theater are advised to arrive by bus, bike or carpool as downtown parkingis limited.
In addition, Community TV and local television networks have said they will carry the procession and service on their stations. KSBW has indicated they will stream the service live on their Website.
Park and Ride Lots
Park and Ride facilities are available at these locations for those who wish to carpool to the memorial:
- Soquel Park and Ride (Paul Sweet Rd. and Soquel Dr.)
- Resurrection Church (State Park Dr. and Soquel Dr.)
- Quaker Meeting House (Highway 1 and Morrissey at 225 RooneySt)
- Scotts Valley Transit Center (Kings Village Dr.)
- Elks Lodge (150 Jewell St- THURSDAY ONLY)
Probably the best way to form a carpool to the event is to ask family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors if they want to share a ride. Craigslist and Zimride are other ways to quickly assemble carpools. If you’re new to carpooling, you may want to check out our tips for organizing a successful carpool.
Please be patient, drive responsibly, and stay safe on the road. Commute Solutions staff are available to assist you with travel options to and from memorial locations and can be reached at 429-POOL or email@example.com.