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#21: Fox Theater

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we'll be talking about the Fox Theater.


The Fox Theater, for the longest time, was a grand building with a big history. The theater opened on October 27th, 1928, greeted by much-anticipating crowds. The theater closed in 1965 after significant decreases of ticket sales. The Fox Theater quickly fell into disrepair, so much so that the City of Oakland almost demolished the building in 1975, to become a parking lot.


The developer, Mann Theater Group, proceeded to sell the Fox Theater for $340.000 dollars, but plans to revitalize the building never materialized. The building remained disused for 21 years. In 1996, the Oakland Redevelopment Agency bought the Fox Theater for $3 million. Friends of The Oakland Fox, formed by the Oakland Heritage Alliance, began work on the decrepit theater. Additional funding was provided in 2004.


In 2009, after decades of neglect, the Fox Theater officially opened. Today, six years later, the Fox Theater is one of the prettiest buildings in America, with a remarkable dome, incredible architecture, and amazing colors.


The Fox Theater is located on one of Oakland's busiest streets, Telegraph Ave. Accessible by many forms of transportation, the Fox is one of the best attractions to reach by transit. 


If you are riding BART, exit and 19th Street/Oakland, on Broadway, and walk one block up 19th Street. Cross the street, and you're literally at the entrance to the theater!


AC Transit also provides convenient access, with more than a dozen buses traveling around the Fox Theater. Bus lines 1, 1R, 11, 12, 18, 51A, 58L, 72, 72M, 72R, 800, 802, 805, 851 and NL all stop at 19th Street/Oakland BART.


If you are riding the San Francisco Bay Ferry to the Fox Theater, walk through Jack London Square until you reach Broadway (you can't miss it!). If you want a walk, you can walk up Broadway to Broadway & 8th Street, and wait for the 51A. If you want to get on the bus at Jack London Square, board the 72, 72M or the 72R and exit at Broadway & 19th Street (BART).

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#18: Stoneridge Mall

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Stoneridge Mall.


Stoneridge Mall features about 165 stores, including Macy's, Sears, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. Stoneridge Mall serves the local communites of Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore and Danville. The mall also has many great restaurants such as the California Pizza Kitchen and the Cheesecake Factory, as well as many fast food restaurants.

 

Stoneridge Mall is served by WHEELS Bus Routes 3, 10, 53, 70XV, and RAPID, as well as great access to BART.


The 3 is a loop service that runs between East Dublin/Pleasanton BART, Stoneridge Mall, West Dublin and back to East Dublin/Pleasanton BART (clockwise). During the morning, the 3 runs clockwise and during the evening, the 3 runs counterclockwise.


The 10 runs limited service to Stoneridge Mall, only running there from 5 AM to 8 AM. During the rest of the day, the 10 runs between East Dublin/Pleasanton BART to Downtown Livermore and beyond.


The 53 travels from Pleasanton ACE Station to Stoneridge Mall, continuing back to ACE. This route does not operate in the middle of the day. Buses on this line may wait up to 30 minutes for late-arriving ACE Trains in the morning, but not in the evening.


The 70XV provides very limited service to Stoneridge Mall, arriving once in the morning and once in the evening. The 70XV travels from Pleasant Hill BART to Walnut Creek BART, continues on I-680, reaches Stoneridge Mall, and ends at East Dublin/Pleasanton BART. The 70XV travels back in the evening.


The best way to reach Stoneridge Mall from Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore is the RAPID. Run by LAVTA (WHEELS), the RAPID runs every 15 minutes all day, every day (except weekends), and features hybrid electric buses.


The RAPID travels from Stoneridge Mall to East Dublin/Pleasanton BART to Downtown Livermore, and eventually terminates at Sandia/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.


Stoneridge Mall is also accessible by BART, with West Dublin/Pleasanton Station located right next to Stoneridge Mall. Once you have exited the train, proceed through the faregates and walk through the Pleasanton Bridge (west side of the station). The Pleasanton Bridge drops you across the street from Stoneridge Mall. You can also transfer to WHEELS buses from here.


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#12: Broadway Plaza

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Broadway Plaza.

 

Broadway Plaza is located in bustling Downtown Walnut Creek, near Kaiser Permanente and excellent restaurants. You can get all the latest fashions and have a whole shopping day here. Broadway Plaza features department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nortsdroum and Macy's.


Broadway Plaza is exceptionally easy to reach by transit - you can take BART to Walnut Creek Station and board County Connection Bus Line 4: The Downtown Trolley, for service to Broadway Plaza. The 4 is free, courtesy of the City of Walnut Creek. Line 4 runs every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. You can also exit at any stop and explore the wonderful Downtown Walnut Creek. To plan your trip on any transit agency, please visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.

 

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#10: Waterworld

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

With summer fast approaching in drought conditions, this week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring Waterworld.

 

Waterworld is nestled in Concord, near Downtown and the Willows: Shopping Center. This mid-sized water park features 25 water slides (9 of which are major) and 7 pool complexes, including a wave pool and a lazy river. You can spend the whole day there and just take a break from all the stress of work or school. It's a family fun experience and a great way to cool off in the summer from the sweltering heat.

 

The only way to reach the vicinity of Waterworld via transit is to ride the County Connection. On weekdays, ride Bus Line 20 to Willow Pass Road and Waterworld Parkway. On weekends, ride the 320, which also stops near the vicinity of the water park. If you are taking BART, exit at Concord Station, where both buses terminate. Due to changing routes and new summer services, please check www.cccta.org first to plan your trip.


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#3: Oakland Coliseum

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be featuring the Oakland Coliseum.


The Coliseum is located on 7000 Coliseum Way, in Oakland, CA, 94621. The stadium is located near Hegenberger Road, next to the Oracle Arena. The Coliseum is home to both the Oakland Athletics (Baseball) and the Oakland Raiders (Football). The stadium is capable of seating 63,132 people when the top seats are available for use during football games. During baseball games, it can house around 50,000.


To reach the Oakland Coliseum, take BART to Coliseum Station and exit the train. Proceed downstairs and pass through the BART faregates, before reaching a footbridge that will take you directly to the Coliseum. The bridge crosses over the Amtrak tracks. If you are using Amtrak, exit at Coliseum Station and proceed up the ramp at the north end of the station, which connects you to BART and the Coliseum.


Another option to reach the Coliseum is to take AC Transit. All bus lines stop at the Coliseum BART Station. Here is a list of AC Transit lines that go to Coliseum Station:

45

46

73

98

356

646 (School Hours)

657 (School Hours)

805 (All-Nighter)


Bus lines 46, 73, 98, 646 and 657 all terminate at Coliseum BART, and lines 45, 356 and 805 don't terminate there but instead use it as a normal bus stop.


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#2: Chabot Space and Science Center

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accesible Attractions we will be featuring the Chabot Space and Science Center.

 

The Chabot Space and Science Center is located at 10000 Skyline Boulevard, in Oakland, CA, 94619 near Highway 13. The Science Center features hands-on interactive exhibitions, a full-dome digital Planetarium and historic Observatory, and much more. The Observatory is open Friday and Saturday evenings for telescope viewing. The Chabot Space and Science Center is regularly open Wedensday to Sunday; please check their website for summer and winter hours. Sometimes exhibits and buildings will close for private events.

 

To reach the Chabot Space and Science Center via public transit, visitors can travel on BART and exit at Fruitvale Station. Travelers then proceed downstairs and wait for AC Transit Bus Line 339, which travels between the Chabot Space and Science Center and Fruitvale BART Station.

 

Line 339 runs every few hours (random amounts) on weekdays and every 40 minutes on weekends. On weekdays, service begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. On weekends, service begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 9:40 PM on Saturdays and 5:00 PM on Sundays.

 

BART runs from 4:00 AM (Weekdays), 6:00 AM (Saturday), 8:00 AM (Sunday) to midnight.

 

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#1: Oakland Zoo

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accesible Attractions we will be featuring the Oakland Zoo.


The Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Gold Links Road, near Highway 580, in Oakland. The zoo is nestled in the 525-acre Knowland Park. It features over 650 native and exotic animals on display. The zoo is open year round except for June 22nd (annual fundraiser), Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


To reach the Oakland Zoo via public transit, visitors can travel on BART and exit at Coliseum Station. Travelers then proceed downstairs and wait for AC Transit Bus Line 46, which travels between the Oakland Zoo and Coliseum BART Station.


Line 46 runs every hour on weekdays and every 40 minutes on weekends. On weekdays, service begins at 6:00 AM and ends at 7:00 PM. On weekends, service begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. During summer months, service frequency will increase to every 30 minutes on weekends.


BART runs from 4:00 AM (Weekdays), 6:00 AM (Saturday), 8:00 AM (Sunday) to midnight.


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