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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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#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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