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#20: Great Mall

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the Great Mall.


The Great Mall is the largest indoor outlet mall in Northern California. It features 200 outlet stores, including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Coach Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, H&M, Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, Gap and Michael Kors. There are many dining options as well, like Dave and Busters and Jollibee. It serves the local communities of Milpitas, Fremont and San Jose.


Great Mall is increbibly accessible by transit, with Great Mall/Main station right near the Mall. The Great Mall/Main station is served by VTA bus routes 46, 47, 66, 70, 71, 77, 104, 180, 181, 321 and AC Transit bus route 217.

From Fremont BART, take VTA Express route 180 or 181 to Great Mall/Main, or AC Transit route 217 to the Great Mall. The VTA express buses are more expensive, but are faster than AC Transit's 217.

VTA Light Rail is a great option if you're riding from the South Bay, with great connections to CalTrain - Just take the Santa Teresa to Alum Rock route (901) to Great Mall/Main. 


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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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#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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#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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