Commuting from Albany/El Cerrito to San Leandro?

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  • I'll be commuting from Albany to San Leandro in the mornings and am wondering if there's a decent alternative to the Eastshore Freeway in the morning (driving only). Maybe 13 to 580? TIA

    That’s my daily commute and i take 80 to 880 or Eastshore to Emeryville to 880. I usually leave between 7:20 and 7:30 and get to San Leandro (Kaiser) at around 8. Don’t think alternate routes will save you time. It’s often a slow but still steady drive. 

    I'd simply Waze on your smart phone and use it each morning. It keeps track of traffic and driving times on the various routes between your home and your work and may give you a different way each day, routing you around areas with traffic slowdowns.

    Some mornings, Eastshore Freeway may be faster. Other mornings, different routes.

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Commuting from El Cerrito to San Leandro?

Sept 2011

We're thinking of moving to El Cerrito, near the Del Norte BART station, and I work pretty much 9-5ish in San Leandro. How crowded are the trains at that time with a bicycle? (I checked BART's site and they're allowed) Does anyone ever carpool from EC to SL and how do you find riders? Thanks Ready to get the hell outta Oakland


The Fremont train that leaves EC Del Norte is ALWAYS less crowded than the SF train. There is plenty of room for bikes since this is only the 2nd stop. A lot of people get on the Fremont train and then transfer at MacArthur to get on the SF train, so once you get into Berkeley the train gets a bit crowded, but it's tolerable. A LOT of people get off the Fremont train at MacArthur and it seems pretty empty. But since I don't go toward San Leandro at that point, I can't comment on how crowded it gets once it leaves MacArthur.

I think that commute with a bicycle would be very manageable though since you are already on the train before it gets crowded. I don't know how the return commute would be though. Good luck. Sounds like a managable commute to me