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IEC@DVC Bay Area Transportation Guide + Phrasal Verbs for Transportation

March 18, 2017

Buses, trains, bicycles, taxis, subways . . . whether you need to get across town, visit SF, or travel outside of the Bay Area, there is an option for you! Our IEC@DVC Bay Area Transportation Guide will provide you with the info you need to use the many public and private transportation options available. Get ready to see the sights of the Bay Area (and beyond)!

IEC@DVC Bay Area Transportation Guide

Bay Area Transportation Guide Phrasal Verbs with Public Transport

 

Public Transportation

County Connection

Definition: A local bus service.

Perfect for: Travel between neighborhoods near DVC: County Connection provides bus services to Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Clayton, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, San Ramon, and other communities in Central Contra Costa County.

Cost: $2.00 per ride (even if you transfer buses: just be sure to get a transfer slip).

More information: http://countyconnection.com

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Definition: BART is San Francisco Bay Area’s local subway system.

Perfect for: Connections throughout the East Bay and through San Francisco.

Cost: The cost of a BART ride depends on the distance traveled (visit the BART Fare Calculator for pricing). Passengers buy a card, which works like a debit card: the price of each ride is subtracted from the value on the card. If the card needs more money, when you try to enter BART the sign on the fare gate* will say “Underpaid: Go to Addfare.”

Students can buy a BART ticket at any BART station (there are machines that take cash or cards).   Students can also buy tickets on sale at some retail stores. Visit the BART Retail page for information on where these tickets are sold.

More information: http://www.bart.gov

*fare gate = the machine (with a gate) that takes tickets and opens the gate doors when the ticket is valid. Bay Area Transportation Guide Phrasal Verbs with Public Transport

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit)

Definition: Buses from Alameda to Contra Costa counties.

Perfect for: Connecting from the East Bay and to San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal in the San Francisco Financial District.

Cost: $2.10 for a single ride; $5.00 for a day pass.

More information: http://www.actransit.org

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The Municipal Railway (MUNI)

Definition: Buses, light rail, and cable cars throughout San Francisco.

Perfect for: Transit within SF.

Cost: $2.25 for a single ride on any MUNI bus or rail; $7.00 for a cable car ride.

More information: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit
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Bicycles

Perfect for: Exercise and transport: bicycles are a great way to get around the IEC@DVC, Concord, and Pleasant Hill/DVC campus area!

More information: Bicyclists must follow the rules and regulations of the California Vehicle Code. Remember to obey stop signs and red lights, signal with properly when making turns, and have a bike light if you ride at night: if not, you may be ticketed by the police. Wear a helmet (safety first!) and be sure to protect your purchase by locking your bike with a “U”-shaped lock.

Bay Area Transportation Guide Phrasal Verbs with Public Transport

Trains and Long Distance Buses

CalTrain

Definition: A commuter train.

Perfect for: Connecting from San Francisco to San Jose, including many cities along the way.

Cost: CalTrain divides the Bay Area into 6 zones, and the cost of the trip depends on the number of zones you travel. For example, a one-zone trip is $3.75, a two-zone trip is $5.75, etc. Visit their fare chart for more info.

Passengers can also buy one-day and one-month passes and an eight-trip pass. Visit CalTrain’s webpage about ticket options for more details.

More information:  http://www.caltrain.com

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AMTRAK

Definition: AMTRAK is the train service that operates across the United States, including many cities within California.

Perfect for: Using the train for locations throughout California and the U.S.

Cost: Depends on the destination.

More information: https://www.amtrak.com

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Greyhound

Definition: A long-service bus company.

Perfect for: Greyhound buses travel throughout California and the United States. The buses leave from Oakland or San Francisco.

Cost: Depends on the destination.

More information: https://www.greyhound.com

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Other bus companies

There are also private bus firms that travel to tourist destinations in the Bay Area, California and out-of-state. Check the internet and use the phrase “Charter Buses.”

Taxis

Perfect for: Convenience; getting from one place to another quickly

Cost: Taxis are the most expensive form of transportation, but can be reasonable and convenient if there is a small group. Taxi drivers are generally tipped 10-15% of the fare.

More information: Taxis can be looked up using Google or the Yellow Pages.

Bay Area Transportation Guide Phrasal Verbs with Public Transport

Uber/Lyft

Definition: Uber and Lyft are both smartphone apps that provide transportation services. They are available for Android and iOS. After downloading the app, you can request Uber/Lyft drivers to pick you up and take you to your location.

Perfect for: Saving a few dollars on a quick trip; late-night and early morning hours (when most public transport is not working). Try Uber Carpool if you have time and don’t mind sharing a ride with someone.

Cost: The app will show you estimated fares before you accept the ride. No “real” money is exchanged during the ride: the apps are linked to your credit/debit card information.

Note: the cost for these trips depends on the demand for rides, so be aware of “pricing surges” during busy times and holidays. 

Bay Area Transportation Guide Phrasal Verbs with Public Transport

Phrasal Verbs for Transportation

Get in, get on, pick up: there are so many phrasal verbs related to transportation! Some of these phrasal verbs have other definitions: the definitions shown are those directly related to public transportation.

Drive up

Definition: Arrive in a vehicle

Example: There’s a map on the Uber app so that you know when your Uber drives up.

Transitive or intransitive? Intransitive

Get in

Definition 1: Arrive (train, plane, etc.)

Example: What time does your bus get in?

Transitive or intransitive? Intransitive

Definition 2: Enter a car or taxi

Example: It’s polite to say hello to the driver when you get in a cab.

Transitive or intransitive? Transitive and inseparable

Get on

Definition: Enter a bus, train, plane, etc.

Example: You show the driver your pass when you get on the bus.

Transitive or intransitive? Transitive and inseparable

Get out of

Definition: Leave a car, van, etc.

Example: Be sure to check that you have all of your bags before you get out of a taxi.

Transitive or intransitive? Transitive and inseparable

Pick up

Definition: Collect (a person), either to ‘collect and drop off on your way’ or to ‘collect and bring to the same destination’

Example 1: The taxi said he can pick us up in 10 minutes.

Example 2: I used Uber carpool, so the driver picked up another person.

Transitive or intransitive? Transitive and optionally separable.

Pull over

Definition: Stop by the side of the road

Example 1: When you’re waiting for a Lyft driver to arrive, try to wait in a place where it’s easy for him or her to pull over.

Example 2: She pulled the car over to look for her phone, which fell on the ground.

Transitive or intransitive? Transitive and optionally separable (example 2)

Run out

Definition: Have none left

Example: My transit card ran out of money. I need to refill it.

Transitive or intransitive? Transitive and inseparable

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