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Old 06-01-14, 07:09 PM   #226
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We do have good transit here, for the most part. It works well unless you have to make a trip that involves numerous transfers. Then, one leg running late can throw the whole trip off.

Your trip from San Jose Airport to Pleasanton would actually be pretty easy. Shuttle bus from airport to Santa Clara Caltrain, Caltrain to Millbrae, where you transfer to BART and go to Dublin/Pleasanton. The only problematic part is how to get around once you get to Pleasanton.
I may have run into the problematic part. Here's what Google Maps tells me if I map out transit options from the airport to the hotel I stayed at in Pleasanton.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Mine...17!2m1!6e4!3e3

This uses the current date and time, which is about the same as when I flew in last November (i.e. Sunday evening around 6:30 PM). I don't mind taking a little extra time by using public transit, but 2 hours and 30 minutes is a bit too much compared to 50 minutes by car.
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Old 06-02-14, 10:51 AM   #227
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Because the MRT is faster and more frequent.
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Old 06-02-14, 12:32 PM   #228
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I may have run into the problematic part. Here's what Google Maps tells me if I map out transit options from the airport to the hotel I stayed at in Pleasanton.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Mine...17!2m1!6e4!3e3

This uses the current date and time, which is about the same as when I flew in last November (i.e. Sunday evening around 6:30 PM). I don't mind taking a little extra time by using public transit, but 2 hours and 30 minutes is a bit too much compared to 50 minutes by car.
It's cool that Google has started putting the cost on its Travel Directions results. In your case, transit was $7.85 vs. $16.90 for driving.
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Old 06-02-14, 01:05 PM   #229
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It's cool that Google has started putting the cost on its Travel Directions results. In your case, transit was $7.85 vs. $16.90 for driving.
True, though in my opinion, the difference was easily offset by the extra time it would have taken me by transit. I was expected to show up on the customer site at 8:00 AM on the following Monday. I wanted to make sure I arrived at the hotel early enough to get a good rest.
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Old 06-02-14, 11:47 PM   #230
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I may have run into the problematic part. Here's what Google Maps tells me if I map out transit options from the airport to the hotel I stayed at in Pleasanton.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Mine...17!2m1!6e4!3e3

This uses the current date and time, which is about the same as when I flew in last November (i.e. Sunday evening around 6:30 PM). I don't mind taking a little extra time by using public transit, but 2 hours and 30 minutes is a bit too much compared to 50 minutes by car.
That's a really weird route. Both the Google trip planner and 511.org trip planner come up with some strange ones, so I usually do a sanity check on them. I often get better results from doing the trip planning myself. And Sunday evening is definitely the worst time for transit. But any trip that involves transfers takes a long time. This can be quite frustrating, especially if one leg of the trip is running late, causing you to miss all your other connections. That happened to me yesterday, and I had to miss an event I'd been looking forward to as a result.

Some trips are a lot faster than driving, though, for example, an express train from San Jose to San Francisco.
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Old 06-03-14, 09:29 AM   #231
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That's a really weird route. Both the Google trip planner and 511.org trip planner come up with some strange ones, so I usually do a sanity check on them. I often get better results from doing the trip planning myself. And Sunday evening is definitely the worst time for transit. But any trip that involves transfers takes a long time. This can be quite frustrating, especially if one leg of the trip is running late, causing you to miss all your other connections. That happened to me yesterday, and I had to miss an event I'd been looking forward to as a result.

Some trips are a lot faster than driving, though, for example, an express train from San Jose to San Francisco.
Yes, I definitely agree that the Sunday evening is the worst time for transit. Buses/trains typically serve less often on Sundays, especially early morning and late evening.

I'd imagine taking public transit can be just as fast or even faster when you travel between transit hubs. Or even with one transfer, it shouldn't be too bad.
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Old 06-06-14, 07:55 PM   #232
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There is a stigma attached to everything. I try not to care too much about it. I used to care a lot, but then I realized I was growing old before my time worrying so much about what everyone else thought.

There will always be people looking for a reason to make other people feel small. It's easier to just quit caring than to keep worrying about it. I know there's nothing wrong with riding the bus, even though it's something poor people do. It doesn't really matter.
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I believe there is just about as much stigma in seeing an adult ride a bicycle to work. I don't care when people see me riding a kick scooter (Xootr) around town. Being able to do what you want in life is liberaton. It's about being an adult period.
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Old 06-06-14, 08:45 PM   #233
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I believe there is just about as much stigma in seeing an adult ride a bicycle to work. I don't care when people see me riding a kick scooter (Xootr) around town. Being able to do what you want in life is liberaton. It's about being an adult period.
I used to feel a little of this while waiting on a drizzly day for a bus to show up. More I thought about it, the more I realized that this was all in my head. Most people couldn't care less how you get to work. I suppose it's really the novelty of it that makes you feel so uncertain.

That soon wears off though.
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I find that I can beat most bus schedules by up to an hour in many cases, unless its an express rout or something like that.
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