The 57, the 58, and the N all go down MacArthur all the way to Lake Merritt; from there, the 58 goes to Downtown Oakland (two BART stations, Jack London Square, and more restaurants than you could eat at in a year); the 57 goes down the rest of MacArthur (Piedmont, Berkeley, and all of Oakland at your fingertips); and the N goes to San Francisco!
What buses go near Mills? Besides the three buses mentioned
above, there’s also the 40, which goes to Berkeley via a whole lot of
Oakland. If you miss the Mills Van, you can take this. Take your back gate
key and turn right onto Seminary, and walk down for about ten minutes
until you hit Foothill. Then find a bus stop on the right side of Foothill
and sit down. If you’re really smart, you’ll get yourself a bus schedule
when you get on the bus - they’re at the front next to the driver.
What’s with the letters and numbers? AC Transit’s numbered buses are the ones that stay on this side of the bay. They’re in Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Richmond, San Leandro, and a ton of other cities. The lettered buses, like the N, are “transbay lines;” they all go from East Bay cities to San Francisco, and stop a couple places on the way. So you can take the N to Lake Merritt or Lucky’s, but they might charge you for the full trip.
How much do bus rides cost? Regular numbered buses cost $1.25
one way, or you can pay $1.50 and get a transfer for a pretty random
amount of time up to three or four hours. (Hint: They rip off a sort of
receipt with your date and a bunch of times on it. They have different
rolls for morning, afternoon, and evening. Basically, the times on the
afternoon roll, for example, go from noon to five. If you get a transfer
at one, it’s good until five. If you get a transfer at four, it’s good
till five. Remember that when you ask yourself if it’s worth the quarter.)
Where does BART stop? BART stops all over both sides of the bay.
Here’s a list of all their stops:
Richmond-DalyCity/Colma (the red line): Richmond, El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, Ashby, MacArthur, 19th St. Oakland, 12th St. Oakland/City Center, West Oakland, Embarcardero, Montgomery St., Powell St., Civic Center, 16th St. Mission, 24th St. Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park, Daly City, Colma. (Only goes to Colma during rush hour, hence the slash in the title.)
Richmond-Fremont line (the orange line): Richmond, El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, Ashby, MacArthur, 19th St. Oakland, 12th St. Oakland/City Center, Fruitvale, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, San Leandro, Bay Fair, Hayward, South Hayward, Union City, Fremont, and soon Irvington and Warm Springs but they’re still under construction.
Pittsburg/BayPoint-DalyCity/Colma (the yellow line): Pittsburg/Bay Point, North Concord/Martinez, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Rockridge, MacArthur, 19th St. Oakland, 12th St. Oakland/City Center, West Oakland, Embarcardero, Montgomery St., Powell St., Civic Center, 16th St. Mission, 24th St. Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park, Daly City, Colma.
Daly City-Fremont (the green line): Daly City, Balboa Park, Glen Park, 24th St. Mission, 16th St. Mission, Civic Center, Powell St., Montgomery St., Embarcardero, West Oakland, Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, San Leandro, Bay Fair, Hayward, South Hayward, Union City, Fremont, and soon Irvington and Warm Springs but they’re still under construction.
Daly City-Dublin/Pleasanton (the blue line): Daly City, Balboa Park, Glen Park, 24th St. Mission, 16th St. Mission, Civic Center, Powell St., Montgomery St., Embarcardero, West Oakland, Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, San Leandro, Bay Fair, Castro Valley, Dublin/Pleasanton.
What BART stations can I get to from Mills? You can take the Mills Van to Rockridge Bart, which is in Oakland just before the Berkeley border. It’s on the yellow line, Pittsburgh/Bay Point. It’ll take you northeast to Orinda and Walnut Creek and so on, or southwest to San Francisco’s many stops and suburbs. The line is named according to its final destination: a trainon the yellow line going northeast will be “a Pittsburg/Bay Point train,” and going the opposite direction will be “a Daly City/Colma-bound train.”
Where can I get more information? Get to a BART station and grab a copy of an orangey pamphlet titled “BART & Buses: A Guide to Public Transportation From BART.” It has nice, clear maps of all these different cities, along with all the bus lines you can catch, and parks, observatories, auditoriums, theatres, zoos, and colleges. The maps focus mostly on areas surrounding BART stations, but they stretch out pretty far.
Taking BART is fun because you stick the ticket in and it goes “snick!” and gets sucked through. * Above-ground buses are slow; take underground Muni and BART when you can. * The reason BART’s more expensive is because they’re assholes; they want to keep it to the business crowd. * On the same note, BART started banning “criminals” who were ever caught doing graffiti, for example, which screws kids and anyone else they don’t like cause BART’s the only way to get to a lot of places. * Mills Liquor cards. * Getting on the bus going the wrong way sucks. * Trust your instincts and ask the driver as soon as you think you’re on the wrong line. * Mills dorm food used to be the best college food in the country. * Five years ago, Ben and Jerry’s donated ice cream to Mills and they had it every day. What’s that about?! * Talk to the upperclasswomen. Find out which professors are boring, which ones give everyone As, which ones won’t grade higher than a B+, what each of them is looking for. Why keep reinventing the wheel? *