What is the commute like from Pleasanton to Union City?

Asked by Julie Smith, Sun Sep 14, 2008

best route to take? time it takes?

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Tony Abad, Agent, El Cajon, CA
Sun Nov 29, 2009
BART is the best if you don't need to have your car during the day; about half hour.
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Sep 18, 2008
Julie, its about 33 minutes from the Pleasanton/Dublin BART station to Union City BART station, perhaps that might be an option for you.


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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sun Sep 14, 2008

There are a LOT or variables here. Time TOTALLY depends on daily traffic. There are four routes – your address in Pleasanton and destination in Union City will really determine the best route. And keep in mind, these routes vary from day to day with traffic conditions. If you can go during off-commute times, so much the better – you will typically have smooth sailing all the way in both directions (except for the 238 section of the drive).

(1) 580 to 238 to 880-S. Many delays in this route because of the extensive bottleneck and construction on 238. In fact, if there is any way to do so, avoid this route. In addition, 880 southbound is typically very slow during commute hours.
(2) 580 to E-Castro Valley Boulevard, Grove Way to A Street to Foothill to Mission Boulevard south. Lots of lights and slow traffic. There are a number of variables here based on your destination in Union City.
(3) 680 to Fremont’s Mission Boulevard exit, then north on Mission Boulevard. The Sunol Grade is very slow during commute hours, but does have a carpool lane. You can also go down to Auto Mall Parkway, cross over to 880 then go north to Union City. 880 north is congested during commute hours.
(4) 680 to 84 (Niles Canyon Road) then north on Mission Boulevard – this is the scenic route, but is a very temperamental route – accidents, shutdowns from bad weather and jam-ups can be the order of the day.

The Caltrans road widening project is scheduled to be completed early in 2010 and will greatly impact the flow of traffic – see the links below.

Web Reference:  http://www.carlmedford.com
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Barbara Wils…, Agent, Danville, CA
Sun Sep 14, 2008
If you already live in the area, and are thinking about making the move, I always recommend to my clients to drive it. It is a major decision, and you should take the time to do your "due diligence". You will be driving to and from work each day, some days with accidents, some days not, and you should experience it to be sure you can manage whatever it is.
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Chris Kamali, , Dublin, CA
Sun Sep 14, 2008
The commute to Union City should not be that bad from Pleasanton. Heading West on 580 will be pretty clear, until you get to the 238 interchange at which point there is a bottleneck, but there are ways around that. When buying in Pleasanton, you may want to consider West Pleasanton since you are going to commute to Union City.

Good luck,

Chris Kamali
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