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#19: Angel Island

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about Angel Island.


Angel Island is a California State Park, and is the largest natural island in the Bay Area. Nestled in the waters of the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island provided visitors with astonishing views of the surrounding urban landscape. 


Angel Island has a fascinating history few other places can surpass. The island has been habited by humans for tens of thousands of years, starting with the native people of the Coast Miwok. Angel Island served as a local hunting location for tribes, as well as a stop for food and supplies for travelers.


In the early 1900's, Angel Island's U.S. Immigration Station processed thousands upon thousands of immigrants, particularly from China. During the Second World War, German and Japanese POWs were detained before being sent to facilities further inland on Angel Island. 


Angel Island as a State Park began to take shape in 1954, when the western side of the Island, Ayala Cove, was dedicated as a State Park for visitors. By the time all military personnel left in the early 60's, the entire island was declared a California State Park.


To preserve the natural beauty of Angel Island, the only way to reach the island is through ferries. The Blue & Gold Fleet Ferries transport thousands of visitors every year, and are just one of two ferry services that provide trips to Angel Island. 


The Blue & Gold Fleet Ferries run from the Ferry Building, Pier 41, and Angel Island, before returning to San Francisco. Ferries wait 10 minutes at Angel Island before returning to the City. 


During weekdays, there is one service that starts at the Ferry Building and ends at Angel Island, stopping at Pier 41 along the way. This ferry departs the Ferry Building at 9:15 AM. The next ferry, at 1:05 PM, begins its journey at Pier 41, continuing to Angel Island. The last trip starts at Angel Island at 3:10 PM and returns to Pier 41.


During weekends and holidays, there are four ferries that run to Angel Island - two start at the Ferry Building, stopping at Pier 41 and continuing to Angel Island. One starts at Pier 41, arrives Angel Island, and terminates at Pier 41 once again. The last ferry starts at Angel Island and travels to Pier 41.


The other ferry service to Angel Island is the Angel Island/Tiburon Ferry. This ferry service travels between Downtown Tiburon and Angel Island in approximately 10 minutes. The Angel Island/Tiburon Ferry's schedule varies depending on the month. To view the ferry's schedule, visit http://www.angelislandferry.com/FerryServices/Schedule.aspx.


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#17: San Francisco Ferry Building

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the San Francisco Ferry Building.


Every year, millions of visitors are welcomed to San Francisco by the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building is one of the best icons in San Francisco. Seen from miles, the Ferry Building sticks out into the San Francisco Bay. Appropriately named, the Ferry Building is the terminal of all major ferry services in the Bay Area. 


The Ferry Building features a 245-foot clock tower, with four massive clock dials, each reaching 22 feet in diameter. Completed in 1898, the Ferry Building has survived two major earthquakes.


The top floor of the Ferry Building is used as office space, but the bottom floor features the Ferry Building Marketplace, a wide collection of stores and restaurants In 2003, the 660-foot long Great Nave was repaired. In addition, the largest San Francisco Farmer's Market, the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market,  takes place on Saturdays, directly in front of the ferry building. 


The Ferry Building has, possibly, the greatest location in San Francisco. Located on the Embarcadero, you can see the Ferry Building dead ahead from Market Street. Which is why the Ferry Building is one of the most transit accessible attractions in the Bay Area.


MUNI's world-famous old streetcars, which run on the F Market & Wharves Line, stop right in front of the Ferry Building. The F Market Streetcars travel from the Castro Neighborhood, down Market Street, along the Embarcadero, and terminate at Fisherman's Wharf. The old streetcars is the best and most historic way to reach the Ferry Building.


Another method of historic transit includes the Cable Car! The California & Market Cable Care Line travels along California Street and terminates at Drumm & Market, providing quick access to the old streetcars and dozens of buses. The Drumm & Market Cable Car Stop is a couple blocks from the Ferry Building.


Embarcadero Station is located one block from the Ferry Building, on Market Street. Embarcadero Station is shared by BART and MUNI, providing direct access to people from San Francisco and people from the East Bay, Peninsula and beyond.


If you are riding CalTrain, exit at Millbrae Station and transfer to BART. Keep in mind that BART's Yellow Line does not terminate at Millbrae until 8 PM on weekdays. Use the Richmond (Red) Line during weekdays. 


Most ferry services in the bay area terminate at the Ferry Building, including the Golden Gate Ferry. To plan your trip, visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.


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#16: SF Japantown

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring San Francisco's Japantown.

 

San Francisco's Japantown is one of the last Japantowns in the United States. You can experience the japanese culture with shops, restaurants, and the many events held in Japantown each year. In the middle of the shopping mall there is an outdoor Japanese Peace Plaza, which features the peace pagoda that was a gift from the people of Osaka, Japan.


There are a few buses that stop near Japantown- you can ride Muni Routes 38 or 38R to Geary and Laguna. You can also take Muni Route 2 Clement or 3 Jacksonm and get off at either Laguna or Buchanan.


From BART, exit at Montgomery and ride the 38 or 38R to Geary and Laguna and you're quickly at Japantown.

 

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#15: Lombard Street

Posted on July 8, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring "the crookedest street in the world," Lombard Street.


Lombard Street is known as the crookedest street in the world, with a 16% grade. It's not, however, the crookedest street in America, the world, or even San Francisco (that award goes to Vermont Street in Portrero Hill). However, with eight switchbacks and thousands of tourists every day, Lombard Street is one of the most famous streets in the world, boasting some of the most expensive houses in San Francisco.


Lombard Street boasts a 16% grade, but did you know it was once much steeper? In the early 1900's, people discovered the 27% grade hill was too steep for cars to safely traverse, as well as pedestrians. Proposed by a property owner, the 8 switchbacks shortened Lombard Street's grade to 16% and made it possible for cars to safely reach the bottom of the hill.


Lombard Street is one of the few main attractions in San Francisco to be accessible by the world-famous cable cars. Out of the three cable car lines, two go to Lombard Street, the Powell-Mason and the Powell-Hyde. Both end up at the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround, at the intersection of Powell and Market. 


The Powell-Hyde cable car runs along Powell and Hyde Streets, eventually terminating at Fisherman's Wharf. The Powell-Hyde stops directly above Lombard Street.


The Powell-Mason cable car also terminates at Fisherman's Wharf, running along Powell and Mason Streets. The Powell-Mason stops two blocks away from the bottom of Lombard Street, at Lombard & Columbus.


If you are riding BART, exit at Powell Station and proceed to Powell Street, right above the station. Both cable cars terminate at the end of Powell Street on the cable car turnaround.


There are a few buses that stop near Lombard Street as well, most notably, the 30-Stockton, which travels between CalTrain (4th & King) and the Marina District via Fisherman's Wharf. Exit at the intersection between Columbus & Lombard and proceed 2.5 blocks west on Lombard Street, where the curvy part begins.


The 41-Union runs along Union Street and goes between Howard, in SOMA, and the Presidio. If you want to go to the bottom of Lombard Street, exit at Union & Leavenworth and walk three blocks north to the bottom of the hill. If you wish to reach the top, exit at the next stop, at Union & Hyde and walk three blocks north to the top of Lombard Street.


The 45-Union/Stockton runs between Townsend Street in SOMA and the Presidio. The 45 shares bus stops on Union with the 41, so both buses will drop you off three blocks from Lombard Street. To plan your trip, visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.


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#13: AT&T Park

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about AT&T Park.


AT&T Park is situated right on the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay and houses the three-time World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. The park was built on filled-in land in 1997 and opened in 2000, replacing Candlestick Park as the stadium that housed the Giants.


Features of the park include McCovey Cove, the mouth of Mission Creek where it enters the Bay. The Cove is named after famous Giants first baseman, Willie McCovey. Every day, dozens of kayakers park their boats in the center of the Cove and wait for a splash hit home run. Behind AT&T Park's narrow right field lies the San Francisco Bay Trail, a trail currently under construction, with 340 miles built so far. When completed, the Bay Trail will be 500 miles long and link all 9 Counties in the Bay Area. 


The Coca-Cola Fan Lot, a giant Coca-Cola bottle behind left field, contains viewing platforms of the whole park and 4 slides, two 56 feet long and two 20 feet long. Food and drink at AT&T Park is plentiful; the park is famous for its garlic fries!


You can reach AT&T Park from just about anywhere in the Bay Area by riding transit. If you are riding BART, exit at one of the four Market Street Stations: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, or Civic Center. From there, transfer to MUNI Metro Line T-Third Street or the N-Judah (We recommend the T-Third Street, as the N-Judah is the busiest Line in the MUNI Metro System.) Both stop at 2nd and King, where AT&T Park is located.


If you are riding MUNI, you have several options. As stated before, both the T-Third Street and the N-Judah serve AT&T Park (keep in mind the T turns into the K-Ingleside at West Portal). However, there are a few buses you could take as well. Buses 10-Townsend, 30-Stockton, 45-Union/Stockton, and 47-Van Ness all stop near the park.


The 10-Townsend stops at 2nd & Townsend, which is a block away from the park. The 30-Stockton and the 45-Union/Stockton both stop at 3rd & Brannan, approximately 2 blocks from the park. The 47-Van Ness stops at 4th and Townsend, approximately 3 blocks from the park.


From the South Bay, take CalTrain to 4th & King Station, which is one block from the ballpark. You can also ride BART from the Peninsula and transfer to MUNI at the four Market Street Stations.


The Alameda/Oakland Ferry provides direct service to AT&T Park during most games, otherwise it travels to the Ferry Building instead. AC Transit also provides service to the Temporary Transbay Terminal. We recommend transferring to the 10-Townsend, which stops right next to the Terminal. 


From the North Bay, on weekdays, Golden Gate Transit's Larkspur Ferry provides direct service to AT&T Park. On weekends, ride the Vallejo Ferry, which also provides direct service. Return service is also provided on select weeknight games. On weekdays games, take the Vallejo Ferry to the Ferry Building and transfer to MUNI on Market Street. 


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#11: Fisherman's Wharf

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Fisherman's Wharf.


Fisherman's Wharf is located next to the Embarcadero and Jefferson Street. Sitting next to the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay, Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular destinations in San Francisco, with millions of visitors a year. Fisherman's Wharf features a wide range of famous attractions, dozens of restaurants, nearby hotels, unique shops, breathtaking scenery of the Bay, and fun for the whole family.

 

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the few attractions in the City that you can access by riding both San Francisco's street cars, and the world-famous cable cars. To reach Fisherman's Wharf, board the F-Market Streetcar at the San Francisco Ferry Building and enjoy the ride along the Embarcadero waterfront. The F-Market Travels between Castro and Fisherman's Wharf via Market Street.

 

You can also ride the Powell-Mason Cable Car or the Powell-Hyde Cable Car to reach the Fisherman's Wharf.

 

If you are riding BART, exit at Embarcadero Stations and walk 1 block to the Ferry Building to catch the F-Market. If you are using the cable car, exit at Powell Station and proceed to Powell Street, where cable cars terminate.

 

If you are riding CalTrain, exit at 4th and King Street Station and board MUNI Metro Line N-Judah, which will take you to Embarcadero Station. Exit and proceed to the Ferry Building to ride the F-Market.

 

The Golden Gate Ferry terminates at the Ferry Building, providing quick access to the F-Market. To plan your trip on any transit agency, please visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.


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#9: Golden Gate Bridge

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we'll be featuring the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.


The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the greatest landmarks, not just in San Francisco, but in the entire world. On bright, sunny days, the Golden Gate is visible for miles in all directions. When it was completed in 1937, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching 4,200 feet from Marin County to San Francisco. Today, the Golden Gate Bridge is visited by millions from around the world every year.


The Golden Gate Bridge has two walkways on each side of the bridge, the main one being the western walkway. The walkways are open to both pedestrians and bicyclists every day on specific hours. The entire bridge is walkable from one end to the other. 


There are many ways to reach the Golden Gate Bridge by transit. Many buses in fact, such as Golden Gate Transit, operate on the bridge to reach Marin County and the rest of the North Bay. Other buses on the bridge offer tours, stopping at lookouts on the hills of Marin County, and then returning to San Francisco. 


If you are riding MUNI, get on the 30-Stockton and exit at Chestnut Street and Laguna Street. Transfer to the 28-19th Avenue Bus and exit at Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion. Direct service is available to the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays by taking MUNI Line 76X.


Many Golden Gate Transit Lines travel across the bridge to reach either San Francisco or Marin County. For all Golden Gate Transit Bus Lines at the bridge, visit www.goldengatetransit.com.


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#8: Coit Tower

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring the Coit Tower.

 

The Coit Tower is high up on top of Telegraph Hill. Once you reach the top, you recieve a beautiful view of San Francisco and the bay. The Coit Tower was completed in 1933 and is visible in the San Francisco skyline. 

 

The Coit Tower is reachable from transit by taking MUNI route 39, which operates every 20-30 mins every day until the early evening. MUNI route 39 goes from Pier 39 to the Coit Tower. To plan your trip, use the 511 Trip Planner.

 

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#7: Palace of Fine Arts

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring the Palace of Fine Arts.


The Palace of Fine Arts is one of the prettiest buildings in all of San Francisco, featuring sculptures, domes, lakes and magnificent Roman arches. The Palace of Fine Arts was home to the Exploratorium until 2013. Now, the Palace has become known for its wonderful concerts and movies. In addition, people can walk around the lake, enjoy a picnic, and snap pictures. The Palace of Fine Arts is located on 3301 Lyon Street. 


Even though the Palace of Fine Arts is far away from Downtown San Francisco, there are still plenty of ways to reach the Palace via transit. If you are taking BART, exit at Montgomery Station and walk half a block up Market to Third Street, and transfer to MUNI Bus Line 30 Stockton for Fisherman's Wharf, 4th and King CalTrain Station and the Palace of Fine Arts.


A number of other MUNI Bus Lines stop near the Palace of Fine Arts. They are:

 

  • 30
  • 43
  • 28
  • 29
  • 41
  • 22
  • 45

All these MUNI Bus Lines stop in the vicinity of the Palace of Fine Arts. For more detailed information about each line, visit the SFMTA Trip Planner

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#6: San Francisco Zoo

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the San Francisco Zoo.

 

The San Francisco Zoo is located on Sloat Blvd at Great Highway, in San Francisco, CA. The zoo offers some of the best and most fascinating animals in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Zoo features lions, red pandas, and many other animals, along with gardens throughout the zoo. For food and drink, the zoo features the Leaping Lemur Cafe to eat at.

 

There are many ways to reach the San Francisco Zoo by transit. If you are riding MUNI, the MUNI bus lines 18 and 23 stop in front of the zoo, while the MUNI Metro line L stops near the zoo. You get a $1 ticket on admission if you show your MUNI transfer, receipt , or monthly pass. 

 

If you are planning to take CalTrain to SF, exit at Fourth and King Streets and transfer to MUNI Metro Lines T or N, which will take you to any Market Street Station. Proceed to Line L for service to the zoo.


If your taking BART to SF, exit at Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, or Civic Center and transfer to Line L.


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