Moscone West, part of the Moscone Convention Center (www.moscone.com) is located at Fourth and Howard Streets. The main address of Moscone Center is 747 Howard Street, San Francisco. General driving directions to Moscone Center are listed at www.moscone.com/directions/driving.shtml. Consult your preferred Internet mapping site for more specific directions. The parking map located at www.moscone.com/pdf/MosconeParkingMap.pdf is helpful for reference for the immediate area.
Moscone West is very accessible via San Francisco's public transit systems, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, www.bart.gov, see system map at http://bart.gov/stations/index.aspx, and MUNI, www.sfmta.com, see map at http://transit.511.org/static/providers/maps/SF_712200722226.pdf. The BART/MUNI station for Moscone West is Powell Street. If you are traveling within California in an area serviced by Caltrain, www.caltrain.com, see the map at http://www.caltrain.com/caltrain_map.html. The San Francisco station at Fourth and Townsend is approximately three-quarters of a mile from the Moscone Center.
Traveling from the Airports
San Francisco is on Pacific Standard Time, and is conveniently served by two local airports: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is thirteen miles southeast of Moscone Center; and Oakland (OAK), which is nineteen miles slightly southeast.
Terminal maps of each airport can be found online: San Francisco International Airport at www.flysfo.com/web/page/as_airportmaps.htm and Oakland International Airport (OAK) Terminal 1 Map at www.flyoakland.com/terminal_1_map.html and Terminal 2 map at www.flyoakland.com/terminal_2_map.html.
Driving from the airports to Moscone Center
From SFO: Take the free AirTrain blue line to get to the rental car center. The address of the airport is 1 McDonnell Rd., San Francisco, CA 94128 (for www.mapquest.com) or S. McDonnell Rd. & S. Link Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128 (for maps.yahoo.com) or go to www.visitingdc.com/maps/ san-francisco-airport-directions.asp and insert your desired destination address. Take Route 101 North, then I-80 East. Exit at Fourth Street. Take a left on Bryant, a left on Third, and a left at Howard Street. Moscone West is at Fourth and Howard. To drive to your hotel, see the hotel page for its specific address.
From OAK: In Oakland, there is a rental car shuttle that operates every ten minutes; however, it operates on demand between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. The address of the airport is 1 Airport Dr., Oakland, CA 94621. Head southeast on Airport Drive and stay to the right. Take I-880 North toward Oakland. Merge onto I-80 West to San Francisco. Exit onto Fremont Street and turn left at Howard Street. Moscone West is at Fourth and Howard.
Public Transportation from the Airports
SFO: The San Francisco Airport BART Station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). The station is easily reached by taking the free AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. The BART fare from SFO to the Powell Street station is approximately US$8.
OAK: The nearest BART station is Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station. AirBart operates between the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station and Oakland Airport every 10 minutes daily. Service on weekdays and Saturdays is 5:00 a.m. to midnight; 8:00 a.m. to midnight on Sundays and holidays. The shuttle stop for AirBart is located between Terminal 1 & 2 at Oakland Airport's third curbside. The fare for AirBart is US$3; Seniors, children (under 12), and the disabled are US$1. The fare on BART from Coliseum/Oakland Airport to Powell Street is US$3.80. The public bus system, AC Transit (www.actransit.com) also provides transportation from the airport to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station via the 50 and 805 lines. The 805 is a late night service, running hourly starting at 1:25 a.m.
Taxis and Shuttles
Taxi: One-way taxi fare to the San Francisco Marriott Hotel is approximately US$40 from SFO and US$51 from OAK.
SuperShuttle: www.supershuttle.com. The fare to the San Francisco Marriott Hotel in a nine-passenger shared van is US$17 each person from SFO and US$27 (for the first passenger; additional passengers are US$15 in shared van) from OAK.
Discounted Car Rental
Avis Rent A Car is the official car rental company for the meetings. Depending on variables such as location, length of rental, and size of vehicle, Avis will offer participants the best available rate which can range from 5%-25% discount off regular rates. Participants must use the assigned Meeting Avis Discount Number (J098887) and meet Avis rate requirements to receive the discount. (Rate discounts are available at all corporate and participating licensee locations.) Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at www.avis.com.
All car rentals include unlimited free mileage and are available to renters 25 years and older. Renters must also meet Avis's driver and credit requirements. Return to the same rental location or additional surcharges may apply. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges.
Travel Information for International Participants
International participants should view the important information about traveling to the United States at www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/Traveling_to _US.html.
Because of increased scrutiny of visa applicants, many potential attendees of scientific meetings in the United States have experienced unusual delays in obtaining travel visas. If you need a letter of invitation from the AMS and have not yet requested it, please send email to email@example.com and an invitation will be forwarded as soon as possible. In order to compose and send your letter, we will need your document number, email address, and your complete mailing address. Also see this very informative document from the U.S. Department of State which lists answers to frequently asked questions about the processing of visas (www.ams.org/amsmtgs/FAQ-Bus-1-Visa.pdf). You should also be aware that this meeting has been registered with the U.S. Department of State.
Machine Readable Passports Required by June 26, 2005: The Department of Homeland Security reminds travelers from the 27 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries (see the website cited above for a list) that as of June 26, 2005, they must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States without a visa. Beginning June 26, 2005, transportation carriers will be fined US$3,300, per violation, for transporting any VWP traveler to the United States without a machine-readable passport. Similarly, VWP travelers arriving in the United States on that date without a machine-readable passport should not anticipate being granted one-time entry into the country. As an alternative for persons with immediate travel plans who are unable to obtain a machine-readable passport in time, the individual may apply for a U.S. visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.