I’ve been reflecting on the whole estuary crossing shuttle a bit more and what I think that some folks fail to realize is the benefit of a shuttle like this is exactly what a lot of folks have been asking for. Getting people out of their cars benefits everyone.
What I think is pretty brilliant about the estuary crossing shuttle is that it is a direct connection from West Alameda to the BART station. This aspect I think hasn’t been marketed enough. For anyone who rides BART knows that the AC Transit route from Alameda takes you to the 12th Street BART station if you are looking for a direct ride. This shuttle is a direct shot from West Alameda to Lake Merritt which is by far a closer BART station. Shortening people’s commutes on public transportation makes public transportation a more viable option.
I think some of the contrarians out there are reacting to the shuttle with the overlay of I don’t use it so I shouldn’t have to pay for it mentality. But just think of the benefit it will do for those folks that think that there are too many cars on the road and going through the tunnel. This is a win for drivers as well, celebrate!
Hopefully, entities like the Peralta Colleges and BART will see the benefit in maintaining such a shuttle, as the primary beneficiaries really are customers of the two organizations, and continue to fund the shuttle when the grant money runs out.
For those that are interested (it gets you to BART!) here is the flyer with the schedule and the schedule for ease of reference:
Anyone actually use the shuttle yet?