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August 18, 2011

Shuttling x-ing

Filed under: Alameda, Transportation — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

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?



  1. Best way to get to bart is by vehicle to the west oakland station, especially on weekends and if you’re going to sf.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 18, 2011 @ 8:59 am

  2. Jack but that ruins the story.

    Comment by John — August 18, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  3. Jack R: And that’s still an option on weekends given that the shuttle only runs during peak commute times on weekdays.

    Comment by Lauren Do — August 18, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  4. I suggest that a trans-tube service start on weekends by private Alameda citizens of good will. These citizens would have bike thingees attached to their car and drive by the congregation spot at the COA campus. They could offer either free carrier rides through the tube or for a fee.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 18, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  5. I am a user of the West Oakland BART station — it’s my primary way of getting to SF if I’m going to see a show in the evening (I’m a frequent theatergoer). But here’s the thing — it’s INCREDIBLY difficult to find parking there on Saturday afternoons (last time I tried, I wound up having to park in a rather sketchy area a few blocks away, since most of the streets surrounding the station are signed for Saturday street-sweeping), and if you go during a weekday there’s a pretty hefty parking fee. So even though I love my car, I am also very glad to have options. Sometimes the 51 bus to 12th St., driving to the ferry, or taking the O bus are more convenient and cheaper than parking. This looks like another good option, and I appreciate having another way to get off the island if need be.

    Comment by Sue T. — August 18, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  6. Saturday afternoon can be tough. We usually leave in the morning or on Sunday and usually find a spot in the lot, if not we park on the street. We occasionally take the O bus to sf but only for nostalgic purposes.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 18, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

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