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Sep 28th, 2011, 09:28 PM
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OAK to The Castro via BART - time

Will I make it from OAK to The Castro by 5:15 pm. I arrive at OAK at 3:45 pm. I know my way, just not sure about time. This Friday. Thanks.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 04:52 AM
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You should be OK. Bus (air-Bart) to Bart sta leaves airport every 10 min.
Bart trains are more numerous during your time frame. Hopefully there will not be "Bart Protesters' on Friday.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 06:37 AM
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Deb

As you probably know, BART will only get you to within 7 1/2 blocks of your apt. If you need to get closer to that because you have heavy/clumsy bags, switch to the J-Church at the Embarcadero station (later SF stations will have more passengers getting on). Get off at Church St, just as the Muni Metro emerges from underground. Then you will be only 2 blocks from your apt.

Will you be arriving later this weekend?? The reason I ask this is because there is a forecast of rain then - which is unusual for this time of your. However, you always bring rain with you so I thouht that might be the reason for the wet forecast.

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Sep 29th, 2011, 07:15 AM
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Of course rain is predicted for several upcoming days; yes, Stu - the rainmakers are coming to town. Too bad we can't get our powers to work here at home where we have had less than 2" of rain this year!
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Sep 29th, 2011, 07:23 AM
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Stu, how much of a hassle is it to get from BART to J Church @ Embarcadero? Do they share a station, I can't remember?

Only 1 carry-on, so the walk shouldn't be too bad from 16th was my thinking.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 07:31 AM
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They do share a station and there are escalators to go up the one level from BART to Muni.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Thanks sf! One last Q, where exactly does the it come above ground/ location of that station - Duboce and Church??
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Sep 29th, 2011, 08:05 AM
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First stop on the J-Church after it comes up from underground is Church, between Market & Duboce - closer to Duboce. Directly next to Safeway.

At the underground SF stations using BART, you will have to go up one flight of escalators, process your BART ticket, leave the BART domain, then buy a Muni ticket. Go to the Muni entrance, insert the ticket, & go down 2 floors (past BART) & hop on the Muni Metro/J-Church. There are other Muni trains you can take that emerge from the same underground - perhaps the K,L,M - but I have never taken these and they probably don't stop on Church - maybe Duboce instead.

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Sep 29th, 2011, 08:44 AM
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the J Church stops at Church and Duboce
The N stops at Duboce and Chiurch a block away

The K, L and M cars stop at the underground stop at the intersection of Market, Church and 14th st

For a bit of explanation:


Church Street Station is a Muni Metro station at the intersection of Market Street, Church Street and 14th Street in San Francisco, California. The J Church, which enters and exits the Market Street tunnel in a portal near the station, has an aboveground stop on Church and Market Streets. The N Judah also exits the tunnel before reaching the station and stops one block away at Church and Duboce Avenue. The station consists of two side platforms next to the tracks on the second level down with the concourse mezzanine level overlooking it.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 08:46 AM
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However i disagree that the trip is doable in this time frame. Land at 3 :45 - even walking quickly you won't be at the air bart bus till 4. Then the time to get to BART, then a bit of a wait, then the change to systems...it's possible but I would give myself a good 2 hours door to door.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 08:58 AM
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The K,L and M lines, accessible at the same station as the J, go to Church and Market and also Castro and Market. So they give you an extra option depending on the location of your stay.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Thanks all for your insights!
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Sep 29th, 2011, 10:42 AM
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You've got all the relevant transport info, but I agree w/ mztery. It could be very tight. Touching down at 3:45 could mean getting off the plane and on the BART bus by 4:15 or even later.

I'd think getting to the Castro by 6PM would be making good time.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Hi Deb, I thought you two might possibly be interested in this restuarant that is reviewed in the SF Chron today as I know how you love to discover new restuarants.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl....DTL&type=food

Wishing you a happy visit and lots of sunshine!
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Sep 29th, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Deb--If you go to LaCiccia, have anything with cinghiale!
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Sep 29th, 2011, 03:50 PM
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I am not sure about LaCiccia - sounds like it may be a bit too much even for me.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 06:35 PM
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What about taking the N to Duboce and Noe? Is that closer [staying on Noe north of Market].
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Sep 29th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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Deb, are you staying at Noe and Henry? If so, the N stop at Noe would be about a 2 block walk. It will be an above ground stop, with no platform, so that means you will have to step down about three steps with your luggage. If you don't feel up to hauling luggage off the streetcar, you could take the K,L or M to Church, which is an underground stop with easy platform access. The exit on Church and Market is about 2 blocks from Noe and Henry also.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 07:31 PM
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Just re-read your original post and see you will be traveling on MUNI at rush hour on Friday, in which case I highly recommend that you do not take the N--it will be jammed. I speak from first hand knowledge, unfortunately I have spent way too much time jammed into the N. Definitely take a K,L or M. Skip the J, it stops above ground in the same location as the K, L and M and it does not run as frequently as the other lines.
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For a good restaurant in your neighborhood: l'Ardoise.
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