I've lived and worked in San Francisco for the last ten years. I'm now considering taking a job in Emeryville and wondering what the commute is like. I've done it on BART once (about an hour, door to door) and once by car (about 40 min, door to door) and wondering if people who do this regularly can chime in on how typical those numbers are and what it's like to do it daily.
[Bay Area Public Transit Filter]. When I ask 511.org to show me transit from Palo Alto to Millbrae, it will not show me any Caltrains until Feb. 6th -- instead it will only show me buses. For example, here's it showing me only buses on Feb. 5th, whereas on Feb. 12 it shows me the right Caltrains. Has Caltrain screwed up its electronic schedule for the Super Bowl? [more inside]
I stupidly said I'd go to South SF during the lunch hour on a couple of weekdays this week. I forgot that means I'm gonna have to use BART on a weekday and everything will be much more buggered than I'm used to on weekend travel. [more inside]
Calling Bay Area residents, how effed up is traffic going to be this weekend? [more inside]
Is Fruitvale BART as bad as people keep telling me? [more inside]
Coming in from out of town, and aiming at the Dublin/Pleasanton station. [more inside]
I'm in Berkeley right now (near the Ashby BART station) and am headed down to Menlo Park this afternoon/early evening (today, Friday). It looks like there are two ways I can go: through San Francisco via rail the whole way, or along the East Bay via rail and then via bus across the Dumbarton Bridge. What's the easiest and/or quickest way? [more inside]
I'm new to the San Francisco Bay Area and take the BART system to work. I noticed that in the underground downtown stations, the spots where the doors are going to be are marked. So that's nice. Then the people make neat little lines around these spots. That's nice too. But then when a train comes, people on the line who don't want that train just stand there, and everyone else on the line has to figure out who's not moving and then chaotically stream around them. [more inside]
When I get off BART at the Dublin/Pleasanton station, I often see quite a few people (as many as ten) getting off my train, walking across the platform, and boarding the train that goes the other direction. Dublin/Pleasanton is the end of the line, and there is only one line that goes there. What are these people doing? [more inside]
Does anyone know the purpose of the light blue foam sprayed on the exposed ceiling beams at the Powell subway station in San Francisco? Is it acoustic? Rust prevention? Fire retardant? Decoration? Something else?
Any advice for making a 32-pound pug (He's big-boned) portable? Backpack or wheely cart? He has a really big frame for a pug, which is most of why he's so heavy.. Even so, he's on a diet, which should take off five pounds or so, and I think he'd enjoy hiking, at least a little bit, if we could get him on and off public transportation to get us from the city to the woods, but BART wants him in some kind of carrier and he's kind of enormous. [more inside]
Why does BART not allow bikes in the first car? [more inside]
Has anyone else completely lost Sprint reception on BART these past couple of days? [more inside]
How can I get to SFO on time (possibly) using public transit? [more inside]
Is the San Francisco Embarcadero Bike Station too good to be true? I'm considering using it for my commute from BART out to the Presidio. There are 96 spaces available. Is it overcrowded? Will I be stuck when I have to park my bike there on Tuesday afternoons at 5pm? Will my beautiful Felt Z95 get carted off by evil-doers?
I live in downtown Oakland, near 12th St. BART, and I have a flight at SFO at 7AM. I imagine this means I'd need to get to the airport around 6:20. I'd prefer to take BART to SFO but it is not running that early (is it?). What options do I have to get there?
Do T-Mobile cell phones get decent reception underground on BART south of Civic Center station these days? [more inside]
Bay Area Bike Commuting Filter: So I recently got a bike and was all excited about biking part of my daily commute (to and from my home and work BART stations), but then I discovered that the bikes on BART rules are such that non-folding bikes pretty much aren't allowed on the train during normal commute hours--"those trains shown in highlighted areas" cover nearly the entire range of the morning commute for anyone who has to be at work between 8:00-9:00am. I'm having a hard time accepting this because surely in a place with such a thriving bike culture there are people who work normal business hours and take their (non-folding) bikes onto BART. Are you one of these people? How do you swing it? I commute from Downtown Berkeley to San Bruno for a 9-5 job and can't seem to find a way to make it work.
What happens if I don't have enough money on my farecard to get out of BART? [more inside]
Where to live in San Francisco that is close to BART? [more inside]
BART/caltrain filter: Where would it be safe to punch a hole in my Clipper transit 'smart' card? [more inside]
Are BART restrooms available and/or how to transport my potty-training toddler by transit? [more inside]
I'm looking for a shop within a mile of an East Bay or SF BART station that has a wide variety of inexpensive cute plastic monster toys. [more inside]
Where should I go that's near a BART station not in SF? [more inside]
So we rescheduled our San Francisco trip and I've got a few more last-minute questions... [more inside]
Looking for advice on viewing the 2009 Leonid meteor shower for the vehicularly impaired. [more inside]
Need to find a decent, quietish coffeeshop in San Francisco, near BART. [more inside]
I need to get from Oakland airport to downtown San Francisco on a Thursday at around 4:30 PM as quickly as possible. BART or cab? [more inside]
I'm visiting San Francisco this weekend, but I don't want to stay overnight in the City. What's your favorite Bay Area cheap-ish hotel? BART accessibility a plus. [more inside]
I have a few questions about my trip to San Francisco this weekend. [more inside]
[Bay Area Transit Filter] -- How to get from Oakland to Walnut Creek without BART? [more inside]
Can anyone confirm or deny the current existence of that Chinese food stall that used to be parked outside the Downtown Berkeley BART station - it was green and red/pink at one point, earlier than that pink and red - which serves these amazing, incredible dumplings (pork, shrimp or chicken)? Is it still there?
Hello internet. Is it hard to park my car at or near the Fremont BART stop on weekday evenings? [more inside]
My BART card keeps getting demagnetized. Is there anything I can do to make it last longer? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions on how to organize and promote an exchange of unused subway fare cards for travelers from Ann Arbor to DC, NYC, SF. Leaning towards a design that minimizes writing code. I'm heading out to DC Sunday and had to dig around to find the remnants of the last fare - that should have been easy and an opportunity to socialize with the last person who came back with a partly full Metrocard.
Is it safe to walk from Great American Music Hall (SF) to BART after a show? [more inside]
Why are there no water taxis across the San Francisco Bay? Can I kayak to work? [more inside]
What do I send my cool, intellectual, movie buff, record hound house guest to do in SF while I'm at work? [more inside]