Commuting from El Sobrante to San Francisco

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From El Sobrante to Market & Van Ness in less than an hour?

November 2003

How early in the morning would I have to leave my home in El Sobrante to make it to Market and Van Ness in under an hour? At noon, the trip takes only 35 minutes, but at 9am it took an hour and a half. So I am thinking of trying it between 5 and 6? Or do I need to leave even earlier to beat the traffic? PJ

I live in El Sobrante and I work in the Mission district. If I drive, it takes me 35-50 minutes at the most, leaving at around 6:40am. On Fridays (and during the summer), it'll take me about 25 minutes. Depending where you are, the best is to take Pebble from Appian, then Hill Top dr. In the city, take the 9th Street exit. You know, BART is actually the best and the least stressful, it takes about 35 min from the Del Norte station to Civic Center, which is fairly close to where you go. But to get a parking space in the BART garage, you need to be there before 7:30. The trains leave every 15 minutes to the hour (6:45, 7:00, etc.) an

Hi! I do the opposite commute every morning, and I come at various times each day. When I come across the bridge Eastbound around 6:45-7:00, the traffic has usually already started backing up about halfway to the maze to get through the tollbooth. Any later than that and you're really stuck. However, when I used to do the opposite commute (Westbound) at various times at the crack of dawn, I usually found that, if I got to the tollbooth before 6:15-6:30, I was able to cruise on through. In my experience, you shouldn't have to leave much more before 6 to make it a reasonable commute. Katie

We live in El Cerrito and we commute to and from the Financial District every day in 30-45 minutes any time of day. We take casual carpool in the mor! ning and AC Transit in the evenings. There is a designated casual carpool pick-up and drop-off spot in El Cerrito on the frontage road near the Portrero Avenue off/on ramp. We take the L or LC bus home that stops all along San Pablo Avenue. Or, a much quicker bus line is the LB which makes the first stop at the Portrero Avenue off ramp (right across the street from the casual carpool pick-up -- how convenient!). I have seen many people from Hercules, El Sobrante, Pinole, etc. drive to the casual carpool pick-up spot in the morning, park their car, hop in a car, then in the evening take the LB bus home. I think this is the quickest (and cheapest) way to travel to/from the City! swalter