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Sat Jun 11, 2016
Langford941 answered:
I work for the San Francisco school district and at this time I am living in San Jose ca so needless to say I am in need of commuting . I have been searching for a bus system like apple and Google and other company's that pervid for there employees , is there anything out there that I can pay for just like that for example 250 dollars a month for a spot on a bus ? ... more
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Tue Jun 17, 2014
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Hi there,

I actually had the same issue when I lived in Noe Valley. I'd suggest hunt around on Craigslist. Depending on how picky you are with location (I was pretty picky because I was on a hill, so I had a bit of a hard time finding something within a couple of blocks), you should be able to find several available spots at any given time. However, just be aware that they tend to rent between $300 and $350 a month.

Hope this helps!
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Wed Feb 5, 2014
andrea.brown asked:
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Mike Cohen answered:
I don't drive. The commute from SF to Palo Alto is about 45 minutes and very pleasant. If you don't live in SOMA, getting to 4th & King can be a chore - I have to take the N Judah from the Haight, which takes almost as long as the Caltrain ride and is much less pleasant. ... more
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Thu Jan 2, 2014
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Mon Dec 30, 2013
Greg Bryan JD/MBA answered:
You can drive
1. Start out going east on Pacific Ave toward Divisadero St. 0.06 mi
2. Take the 1st right onto Divisadero St. 1.4 mi
3. Turn left onto Oak St. 0.7 mi
4. Turn right onto Octavia Blvd. 0.2 mi
5. Octavia Blvd becomes US-101 S. 10.7 mi
6. Take EXIT 423A toward S F Intl Airport/San Bruno Avenue/North Access Road/North Cargo Areas. 0.2 mi
7. Keep left to take the ramp toward S F Intl Airport/San Bruno Ave. 0.1 mi
8. Keep left to take the ramp toward S F Intl Airport. 1.0 mi

Alternatively you can take a Super Shuttle which will pick you up.

Public Transportation is as follows:

walk Walk to Jackson St & Scott St - (2 min walk) Expand or Collapse Walk Summary
Bus Muni - 3 - towards Sutter St & Sansome St, San... - Fare $ 2.00 Schedule Board, SW Corner of Jackson St & Scott St Off Board, SE Corner of Kearny St & Sutter St (23 min ride)
walk Walk to Montgomery, San Francisco - (6 min walk)
Rail BART Bay Point / SFO - towards Sfo, San Francis... - Fare $ 8.25 Board, Montgomery, San Francisco (next scheduled: 4:56pm) Off Board, Sfo, San Francisco (32 min ride)

Best of luck

Greg Bryan
GB and Associates
Cell (415) 640-4341
Fax (415) 946-3467
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Sun Dec 1, 2013
Lance King answered:
I would respectfully disagree with my colleague below, with the notation that you are unlikely to find such a place unless you are willing to drive your car to BART or Caltrain to give yourself the quiet you want.

If you are, there are plenty of quiet places near the city that a short drive and a BART/train could get you there. If you want to hone in on where you need to come up with a budget and talk to an agent who handles rentals.
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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Ryan Kraft answered:
From Downtown SF it depends on what time of day but at OAK it's really easy to get through bag check and security on your way to the gates. SFO is faster using BART but the security and bag check and gates seem further. Flights out of OAK are sometimes less expensive. Really its just a personal preference that can only be determined by trying them out. Have fun and fly safely! ... more
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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Ryan Kraft answered:
Finding the right place to live involves finding out what what part of the bay area fits your needs.

Do you have children? Will you want to drive or take public transportation? Do you like the cool coast or warmer parts of the Peninsula? Do you like the faster, energetic city of SF or mellow suburbs?

The other way to help narrow your search is to determine the price $ and size sqft of home you're looking to get. Do you need a backyard? Room for pets? Garage? etc. Have you checked your credit scores and lined up some financing options?

Once you have answered all or most of these questions you will be able to start selecting areas to look at.

Please feel free to message me and request more information about different cities. I have personally lived next door to UCSF and can tell you its a beautiful area with lots of food, recreation and close proximity to transportation within minutes from all of San Francisco.
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Thu Jun 6, 2013
Gary Lo answered:
From what I recall taking that bus was about two stops to be at the dorm end.If you continue taking the bus up Winston will end up in front of stonestown where it meets 19th ave. you can get a quick bite at mc Donald's or something at Trader joes and take a short walk to class entering through the science wing. ... more
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Tue Apr 16, 2013
Brian Kelly answered:
Are we supposed to fill in the blank?? hmmmm, trick question....
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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Zannie answered:
I used to live only a little bit farther out Geary, and can confirm the 45 minute Muni ride to get to 4th and King. But since Caltrain always runs on time and Muni never does, you have to leave home an hour before the train you want is scheduled to leave to ensure you will make it on time.

This is an option for occasional weekend use but not at all practical for commuting.

I never tried the 22nd street station because it seems kinda sketchy, at least as seen from the train.
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Zannie answered:
Overnight usually isn't a problem. I don't know of any areas with parking restrictions for overnight. The Residential Parking Permits regulate who can park between certain daytime hours; I believe it's between 9am and 6pm. Cars with permits may park for any period of time that is otherwise legal (e.g. not during street cleaning times). Cars without permits may park for the posted limit during these hours, typically two.

Street cleaning may begin earlier than RPP hours, however, so always check the signs. Both RPP requirements and street cleaning hours can vary block to block, and they can change, so check every time.
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Jed Lane answered:
I admit that I haven't riden the hound since the early 1970s. The bus station used to be on 7th Street between Market and Mission but it is now at 200 FOLSOM ST. That makes the Embarcadero station closest. ... more
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Zannie answered:
The cable cars? Yes, they are used as commuter transit by people who happen to live along those lines. The fare for them is included in the monthly Fast Pass, so it's no more expensive for daily riders to take them than to take other transit options, even though the cash fare is much higher.

A "trolley" is actually more like a bus. Most people just refer to them as "electric buses," but the SFMTA officially calls them trolley buses:

Here's more information about the different types of transit vehicles:
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
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Thu Jan 17, 2013
Alina Aeby answered:
Hello there,

This is a good website which will help you plan your itinerary using public transportation:

There are also apps for both iPhone and Droid:

I hope this helps a bit.


Alina Aeby-Broker Associate
Pacific Union International/Christie's
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Wed Jan 16, 2013
Zannie answered:
Yes, you can, in my experience. When I used to ride my motorcycle to work there was a row of eight motorcycle parking spots with a meter that was broken for a couple of months. My coworker and I parked our bikes there as often as possible and neither of us ever got a ticket.

If a $100 ticket is going to be the end of the world for you, it might be advisable not to, just in case. But I've done it dozens of times without getting a ticket.
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