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Did you know you can catch a ride across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge without an app for an average cost of $1? You can! And it’s not a new service, it’s Casual Carpool – helping commuters reduce their travel time between San Francisco & the East Bay for almost 40 years. Offering a dollar to the driver (to contribute to the $2.50 toll and gas) is just one of the ‘unspoken’ rules of Casual Carpool.... Read the rest
Catching the Bus to Horseshoe Bay A bicyclist peacefully overtakes a bus loading and unloading passengers. Photo credit: Canadian Veggie If you commute by bike or bus, the conflict is familiar: a bus will overtake a person bicycling then arrive at a stop to pick up passengers, and while the bus is momentarily stopped the person bicycling will catch up and overtake the bus. Buses continuously cross the path bicyclists to pick up and drop off passengers, causing a game of “leap frog” as the two modes alternate overtaking each other.... Read the rest
Uber is offering free rides in the East Bay this weekend.  The offer includes two free rides up to $30 in value for travel in and between Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Piedmont, El Cerrito, Lamorinda, Alameda, San Leandro, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill.  Uber is advising users taking advantage of the promotion this weekend to expect delays due to high demand.  Uber rates are fixed and rides are arranged by smartphone.... Read the rest
72R at San Pablo Ave & 40th St “The 72R made us look at our service in a whole new way and played an important part in the modernization of bus travel.” – AC Transit Board Director Chris Peeples. Photo credit: AC Transit Can you believe it? Back in June, AC Transit’s San Pablo Rapid Line – the 72R – turned 10 years old! Naturally, the milestone was celebrated (see photos here) and the line has many more years ahead of it.... Read the rest
DSC_0031 (Two people enjoying the toll-free, bicycle-pedestrian path along the new Bay Bridge span.  Photo credit: Sharon Hahn Darlin) The bicycle and pedestrian path along the new East Bay span of the Bay Bridge has proved incredibly popular, even though one still can’t completely reach San Francisco by bicycle or foot. People just really like recreating outdoors, enjoying breath-taking views in one of the most beautiful parts of California– who knew?... Read the rest
A look at the interior of AC Transit’s new Gillg buses. Click the image for additional photos of the new buses Photo credit: AC Transit Some good news for AC Transit riders– the transit agency recently acquired 65 new buses from Hayward based Gillig! The buses started being phased in March and will be replacing some of the agency’s older buses. What makes these buses so great? Well, a number of things, including: Low-floor accessibility Stroller and wheel-chair areas Catalytic reduction and gas recirculation system that makes the engines of these new buses 90-percent cleaner than the buses being replaced Low-maintenance seating Digital display of next stops See the below video for other improvements are on the way for AC Transit and to see some views of what these new buses look like Video credit: AC Transit... Read the rest
This past Sunday AC Transit reduced its service by 7.2 percent as part of the second phase in a plan to balance its budget. A reduction of 7.8 percent was made in March, which has saved the organization about $10 million. The most recent cuts are aimed to evenly reduce service rather than completely eliminate certain routes altogether. Unfortunately, a further reduction has been approved for December. Half of AC Transit’s weekend service and four out of six all-night bus lines will be cut.... Read the rest
Ever wonder what commutes were like from the Peninsula and East Bay to San Francisco in years gone by? The folks at Burrito Justice pointed our attention to this neat 1913 transit time isochron map for the Peninsula and East Bay to 3rd and Mission for ferries and trains (steam and electric). To see additional transit-related documents from earlier years, take a glance at Eric Fischer’s Flickr page. Here is the text included at the side of the map: While practically half of San Francisco lies within the 30-minute time zone, none of the trans-bay commuters now reach land within that time.... Read the rest