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Old 03-01-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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Hello everyone, I have to go to Oakland on Wednesday morning for an appointment at 10:30. I am currently in Newark, and would have to take Fremont BART to Oakland if I decide to use public transit.

First question, should I take AC Transit from Newark(at Newark Blvd and Jarvis Ave) to Fremont BART, or just drive there and park my car? I have heard that parking is hard to find at the BART station on weekdays. I am calculating that I should leave by 8:00 am to get to BART.

Second question, should I just drive to Oakland (the place of business is on Piedmont Ave, off of MacArthur Blvd) or take Fremont BART to MacArthur BART, and then take AC Transit to Piedmont Ave? How is traffic to Oakland after 8:00 am?

Your help is appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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I would just take bart, you won't have to deal with 880, you'll have to end up walking or taking the bus to that location by Piedmont and MacArthur, the closest Bart drop off would the 19th street stop. From there is probably like, hmmm 14 blocks. Not a bad walk at all.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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You're in luck, because I take this commute everyday (kind of).

I come from Union City and work at Kaiser off of MacArthur.

First of all, I get on at South Hayward. Plenty of parking, and parking is free (for now). Board the Richmond train and you'll reach the Macarthur station in ~35 minutes. One-way fair is $3.35

When you get to the MacArthur station, take the Kaiser shuttle to the Fabiola building. There's 2-3 different Kaiser shuttles (each of them come around every 15 minutes), just ask the driver if it's going to the Fabiola building. IT'S FREE.

The shuttle will drop you off at Howe St (near 40th st). Piedmont is the next street over.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, for your help. I appreciate it. I think that taking BART is the best option.

JonHomeHunter, is traffic bad after 8am if I drive to the Hayward station? Also, does the Kaiser shuttle run all day or just during certain times?
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:05 AM
 
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JonHomeHunter, is traffic bad after 8am if I drive to the Hayward station? Also, does the Kaiser shuttle run all day or just during certain times?
I'd drive to the South Hayward station (closer than Hayward station). Traffic shouldn't be that bad from Newark, just take the back roads (Newark Blvd - Ardenwood Blvd - UC blvd - Hesperian Blvd, then RIGHT on Industrial, then LEFT on Depot. And you're there)

The shuttle runs from 6 or 7 AM to midnight, every 15 minutes.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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So I don't have to be working for Kaiser in order to take the shuttle, right? Will the driver ask for ID? Taking the shuttle would sure save me some money.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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So I don't have to be working for Kaiser in order to take the shuttle, right? Will the driver ask for ID? Taking the shuttle would sure save me some money.
Free for everyone. A lot of people that work off of Piedmont use the shuttle
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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You're in luck, because I take this commute everyday (kind of).

I come from Union City and work at Kaiser off of MacArthur.

First of all, I get on at South Hayward. Plenty of parking, and parking is free (for now). Board the Richmond train and you'll reach the Macarthur station in ~35 minutes. One-way fair is $3.35

When you get to the MacArthur station, take the Kaiser shuttle to the Fabiola building. There's 2-3 different Kaiser shuttles (each of them come around every 15 minutes), just ask the driver if it's going to the Fabiola building. IT'S FREE.

The shuttle will drop you off at Howe St (near 40th st). Piedmont is the next street over.

Thanks again for the help!

Oh, I forgot to ask.

Where do I go to catch the shuttle once I exit MacArthur BART station? And will I have to go back to the Fabiola building to catch the shuttle back or does it pick up elsewhere to go back to BART?
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:36 PM
 
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Thanks again for the help!

Oh, I forgot to ask.

Where do I go to catch the shuttle once I exit MacArthur BART station? And will I have to go back to the Fabiola building to catch the shuttle back or does it pick up elsewhere to go back to BART?
There will be a whole bunch of shuttles right out front. You can't miss it. Just look out for the Kaiser ones.

The shuttle goes to different buildings throughout the medical center, but the Fabiola building it the closest to Piedmont. Load back on there as well.

If you see a homeless guy making beanies and has 2 dogs outside the MacArthur station, he's a totally cool (his name is Rick - Ernest Patrick Butler, youtube him!). Spark a conversation with him if you have to wait for a shuttle. You'll be surprised.
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