2008-05-08 06:43 pm (UTC)
that's all the options: bart then amtrak or amtrak from san jose or driving.
Yeah, amtrak is really handy. The station is only like a mile from campus, too.
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.
2008-05-08 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, the A line.
Free for students, a small fee for non-students.
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.
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?
I've never known Unitrans to miss a stop by more than 5 minutes. But I've only been here a year.
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.
The Amtrak Shuttle runs on Sundays.
dude just walk it, it's SO CLOSE. its a very walkable mile...through the quaint davis downtown
its not actually a mile,its 7 city blocks, its like an 8 minute walk through downtown.
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...
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.
2008-05-08 10:25 pm (UTC)
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.
totally logged me out and posted that as anonymous.
You could also just take Amtrak from San Jose. It may be more expensive though.
There's an Amtrak station in Fremont too.
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).
2008-05-09 04:44 am (UTC)
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
2008-05-09 04:59 am (UTC)
"The" Milpitas? What the hell?
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 :(
2008-05-11 07:08 am (UTC)
If you can't handle attitude, you have no business being on UCDLJ.