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bay area to davis using public transportation [May. 8th, 2008|11:32 am]
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hi everyone,

i'm going to be going to decision uc davis tomorrow and i am unsure about what would be the best way to get to davis. i could drive there, but i don't really want to. i'm coming from the milpitas (right next to san jose).

i researched public transportation and figured i could take bart to richmond where i can take the amtrak all the way to davis. any other suggestions, or should i just drive there?

thanks for your help :]

edit: thanks everyone for the really helpful input
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-08 06:43 pm (UTC)

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that's all the options: bart then amtrak or amtrak from san jose or driving.
[User Picture]From: jennifairy11
2008-05-08 06:54 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, amtrak is really handy. The station is only like a mile from campus, too.
[User Picture]From: zoobomb
2008-05-08 09:11 pm (UTC)

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Is there any way to get from the station to campus? Is it a walkable mile? Is it on a bus line?
I'm in Seattle and am heading to Davis this fall and am thinking about taking the train home on breaks so this info would be awesome.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-08 09:14 pm (UTC)

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Yes, the A line.
Free for students, a small fee for non-students.
[User Picture]From: jennifairy11
2008-05-08 09:15 pm (UTC)

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When I was a freshman I used to walk. There is a bus line:
http://unitrans.ucdavis.edu/schedules/a_line.html
but buses don't run on Friday nights or on Sundays, so it was pretty useless when I was leaving for the weekend. If you are living in the dorms it is a bit farther, as they are on the opposite side of campus, but it's still doable. It's just a walk through downtown, and Davis doesn't have ANY hills, so you should be good. Another option is to lock up your bike at the train station and use that for transportation.
[User Picture]From: zoobomb
2008-05-08 11:46 pm (UTC)

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Good to know, thank you! Another question.. are the buses pretty on-time generally? Here the metro [bus] has a schedule but it's completely worthless cause they never stick to it.. are these unitrans buses the same way or are they pretty reliable?
[User Picture]From: talisein
2008-05-09 12:24 am (UTC)

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I've never known Unitrans to miss a stop by more than 5 minutes. But I've only been here a year.
[User Picture]From: jennifairy11
2008-05-09 12:28 am (UTC)

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The bus system is run by the university, and they base the schedule on the times classes begin and end. In my experience, there are a select few that have a habit of running late, but for the most part they are on time. I used the bus as a reliable method of transportation my second year here and it was fine. Once in a while they are off, but that's pretty infrequent.
[User Picture]From: itskelp
2008-05-09 02:52 am (UTC)

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The Amtrak Shuttle runs on Sundays.
[User Picture]From: littlenick
2008-05-09 05:43 am (UTC)

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dude just walk it, it's SO CLOSE. its a very walkable mile...through the quaint davis downtown
[User Picture]From: supercurls197
2008-05-10 08:44 am (UTC)

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its not actually a mile,its 7 city blocks, its like an 8 minute walk through downtown.
[User Picture]From: unmei_no_yume
2008-05-08 07:27 pm (UTC)

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Amtrak is usually how I travel now; I used to drive to-from the bay all the time but I really like the train.

If you can get to a station around the San Jose area there is a train that goes straight from there to Davis. I know for sure that the San Jose station, the Great America one, and maybe a few others all have trains that will go straight to Davis...
[User Picture]From: czarandy
2008-05-08 08:27 pm (UTC)

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From Milpitas I would just drive to either the San Jose or Santa Clara Amtrak station (depending on where you live exactly). It should be about a 10 min drive.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-08 10:25 pm (UTC)

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the coolest part about this is that i may potentially be your tour guide. haha.
best option in my opinion is to just take the bart and amtrak.
plus, you'll get to see a lot of downtown while you walk to the campus (it's an easy walk, maybe fifteen minutes, quite scenic).
parking sucks on school days, so having a car could do you more harm than good. plus it's $6 for a permit.
[User Picture]From: ashiebeth
2008-05-08 10:25 pm (UTC)

that was odd.

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totally logged me out and posted that as anonymous.
WEIRD.
[User Picture]From: jerums89
2008-05-09 01:19 am (UTC)

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You could also just take Amtrak from San Jose. It may be more expensive though.
[User Picture]From: fairy_ring
2008-05-09 03:24 am (UTC)

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There's an Amtrak station in Fremont too.
[User Picture]From: benjaminbr
2008-05-09 04:11 am (UTC)

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I recommend taking public transportation, driving and parking in davis will be hell. Bring a bike if you can. If you do decide to go here, we have a dedicated berkeley-davis shuttle for seven bucks (students only).
From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-09 04:44 am (UTC)

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if you plan on using amtrak often, you should buy the student advantage card then sign up for this one progam that gives you points that you can use to buy amtak tickets
From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-09 04:59 am (UTC)

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"The" Milpitas? What the hell?
[User Picture]From: troubles
2008-05-09 05:14 am (UTC)

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lol, oops. i had originally typed "the bay area" and apparently i forgot to take out the "the". by all means i don't think milpitas deserves a "the" in front of it at all.

but jeez, attitude :(
From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-11 07:08 am (UTC)

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If you can't handle attitude, you have no business being on UCDLJ.
[User Picture]From: troubles
2008-05-11 07:50 am (UTC)

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show yourself!