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Old 05-20-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I'm a little bit confused about the public transportation.(rail) I know you have the BART which everyone talks about. However, I also noticed the MUNI Metro. Do people rarely take this? Does it not go far?

Just curious if you can get to most spots in the city with public transportation. Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:24 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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MUNI Metro serves only the city of SF, but it covers a very wide spectrum of neighborhoods, from the Hunter's Point slums to the beachside Outer Sunset. BART is primarily (though not exclusively) a commuter vehicle for residents of suburbia to avoid the headaches associated with driving into San Francisco.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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what sonarrat said. BART goes throughout the SF area, and the MUNI is just San Francisco. There is also Caltrain which goes from San Francisco to San Jose.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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So for those that live in SF, they can live pretty easily without a car? On the website it said that the MUNI will get you within about 2 blocks of anywhere that you want to go. However I think that was including the busses.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:41 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Yes, MUNI is very thorough if you include the bus service. They've even got 24-hour service to Treasure Island which is halfway across the bridge. But they don't have any service outside the San Francisco city limits, whereas all of the surrounding areas' bus services serve San Francisco.
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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So for those that live in SF, they can live pretty easily without a car? On the website it said that the MUNI will get you within about 2 blocks of anywhere that you want to go. However I think that was including the busses.
Yeah, you can get around every part of SF by Muni... but depending on exactly where you live, it can be a very slow ride! I live near Hunter's Point, and we only have a few lines that come here - the 9/9x, 54, and the T-Third which is a light-rail up Third St. One of my roommates works up in North Beach, and it takes her between 25-45 minutes on the 9x (depending on traffic & the driver)... my other roommate takes the T-Third to Mission Bay, and it's about a 15-20 minute ride for him. This might not sound too slow, but keep in mind that North Beach is about 6 miles away & Mission Bay is only 3.5 miles. This should give you an idea of how slow Muni can be, but it will get you anywhere eventually. And yes, I'm sure the website was including buses, since there aren't that many light-rail lines.

P.S. I am unfortunately dependent on my car, since I work in the East Bay (off the BART line) and have family on the So. Peninsula.
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