01 September 2015

For your consideration... AC Transit Bus Stop Locations

Where would you put bus stops for my proposed AC Transit Transbay bus service to Caltrain's 4th & King Station and other possible stops? As I mentioned previously, having Transbay buses serving SoMa, Civic Center, 4th & King Caltrain, and points south would reduce some strain on BART's system, and encourage transit ridership.

Most interestingly, a Transbay bus route from the East Bay to Caltrain's 4th & King station could show the real need for the Caltrain Downtown Extension. A bus would show that folks really do want to take AC Transit to Caltrain, and ultimately one day, have Caltrain serve the East Bay via a 2nd Transbay Rail Tunnel that would connect them with Peninsula and Silicon Valley jobs.

There are many opportunities and challenges to consider on a new bus route.
  • Potential, but mostly unknown ridership
  • Which bus route(s) should go to these San Francisco locations?
  • Route time
  • Bus parking
  • Traffic congestion (AM & PM are very different)
  • Bus stop location opportunities and constraints

5th Street - Caltrain only
Exit: Fifth Street
Stop: Townsend St (between 5th and 4th)
Entrance: Harrison and Essex via 3rd St


5th Street - Caltrain and UCSF Medical Center Mission Bay
Exit: Fifth Street
Stop 1: King St (between 4th and 5th)
Stop 2: Mariposa St at 4th St
Stop 3: Third St at Townsend (optional)
Entrance: Harrison and Essex via 3rd St


SoMa Long
Exit: Fremont St
Stop #1: 2nd St at South Park
Stop #2: Caltrain Station (Townsend at 4th St)
Stop #3: Showplace (Brannan at 7th St)
Entrance: Bryant and 8th St