My First Public Transport Ride on the BART-RTD Commuter

So I have been contemplating of working in San Francisco, California, USA. And I recently got myself an interview at a popular tech company that operate in the city. While I have not experienced driving in San Francisco, I have seen firsthand how horrible the traffic is. Specially during rush hour. I knew that somehow, when I finally work in San Francisco, that I will have to rely heavily on public transportation.

So I explored the public transportation options available from Stockton to San Francisco. Altamont Corridor Express or ACE train, San Joaquin Regional Transport District (RTD) buses, Bay Area Rapid transit light rail trains, Greyhound buses, Amtrak trains, or any combination of these options.

According to my research, the most convenient option for me would be to take the San Joaquin RTD-BART Commuter service (Route number 150) then hop on the BART from Dublin/Pleasanton all the way to San Francisco.

So I set out early on the day of my interview. I drove south from my residence to the Country Club area where there is a park and ride location at the Lifesong Church along Michigan Avenue. I boarded the bus at around 4:30ish in the morning.

It made a few stops at the S-Mart in Lathrop and downtown Tracy before it dropped us off right at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. When we got to the Altamont Pass between Tracy and Livermore, it just reminded me of why this was the better alternative to driving. Traffic congestion was starting to build up in the area as early as 5:30 a.m.

By the way, this was also the first time I used public transportation after a little over a year of residence in the United States of America. It was convenient and economical. I only paid $7.00 for a one way ticket from Stockton to Dublin. One month passes will also mean more savings.

The bus route also has 9 round trips a day from Stockton to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and vice versa. Only 2 schedules though picks up passengers from the Michigan Avenue park and ride location in the morning (4: 20 and 5:20). Also, only 4 schedules drop off passengers at the Michigan Avenue park and ride location in the afternoon (5:55, 6:55, 7:55, and 10:08).

While the bus drops off the passengers right at the entrance of the BART station in Dublin/Pleasanton, it picks up passengers at its designated bus stop at Iron Horse Parkway right beside the BART parking building.

For more information about the San Joaquin RTD-BART Commuter Service Route 150, check out their information page.
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Brothers Janus and Thadz document their travels around the United States and occasionally around the world.


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