Pleasanton Weekly

Cover Story - April 29, 2011

Riding the rails: BART and ACE train: Not just for commuters

by Jessica Lipsky

San Ramon Valley residents only need to open their wallets to realize the crunch their cars put on cash flow. New research from AAA finds the cost of owning and operating a vehicle is up nearly $300 from a year ago.

With summer months on the horizon and no relief from $4 gallons in sight, hop on BART or ACE Train for a cheap and eco-friendly staycation to some of these destinations.

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First Fridays/Art Murmur

Take an westbound train to 19th Street in Oakland for an art walk on the first Friday of every month. Galleries in downtown Oakland are open to the public from 6-9 p.m. and streets are closed to traffic. Unique craft, art and food vendors are also on site. Visit oaklandartmurmur.org.

Tech Museum in San Jose

From the Fremont BART station, take the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority Express Bus No. 180 to downtown San Jose and walk two blocks to see "Body Worlds" at the family friendly, interactive museum. The Tech has free admission days on the second Sunday of every month. Visit www.thetech.org.

Oakland A's and Raiders games

Take a train to Oakland Coliseum/Airport to skip the traffic on I-880 and $20 parking. The Oakland A's will have $2 tickets on Wednesdays for 11 games this summer.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Take BART to the downtown Berkeley station and walk 15 minutes through UC Berkeley for art and film exhibits. Visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for programs.

Pacific Pinball Museum

Take an westbound train to Oakland 12th Street and AC Transit bus #51 to Alameda for unlimited pinball on vintage machines. Visit pacificpinball.org for details.

ACE Train

Great America and San Jose Jazz Festival

From the Pleasanton station, take a special train to the theme park or event on June 11 and Aug. 13; $50 includes the cost of the ride, full park admission and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Visit www.acerail.com.

Santana Row and Winchester Mystery House

From the Pleasanton station, take the train to San Jose and catch the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) for your spooky and shopping needs.

Livermore

Avoid I-580 traffic and take a Stockton-bound train to the Livermore Transit center. Hop on a Wheels bus to visit Wente and other wineries, play bocce ball at Campo di Bocce or take a stroll downtown. Visit www.wheelsbus.com for schedule and route information.

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