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#23: Six Flags: Discovery Kingdom

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we'll be featuring Six Flags: Discovery Kingdom.


Six Flags: Discovery Kingdom is one of the best amusement parks in the Bay Area. The 140-acre roller-coaster-filled park features all sorts of different roller coasters - wooden, looping, gravity-defying, twisting, everything! 


While you may have never heard of it, there is, in fact, public transportation to Six Flags. SolTrans provides two lines from the North Bay to Six Flags, 5 and 85. 


The 5 runs between Vallejo Transit Center and the Larkspur Ferry, to Six Flags. The bus stop for Six Flags is on Faregrounds Drive @ Six Flags: Discovery Kingdom. 


The 85 runs from Vallejo Transit Center to Sereno Transit Center to Six Flags (same stop as the 5). The line then continues north to Fairfield via I-80.


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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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#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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