I have to be in Berkeley by 9am tomorrow (Thursday). How bad is the typical traffic heading out of the city?
Maps.google.com can show your traffic on the bay bridge. Even tough it is heavier into the city you will still have traffic. BART would be the best way to go
Not bad out. But the Bay Bridge coming into the city always seems to be a mess.
I agree with belo -- if you're meeting is anywhere near a BART station, take BART.
What's BART motto these days? "BART and you're there."
I thought you were joking, or maybe it's a line from the Simpsons. But it's true. I guess they are trying to achieve the same effect as the French Company UK.
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Agree that BART is the best idea of all. Parking in Berkeley is worse than the drive there.
Where do you have to be?
BART and you're there. Yes, and BART came before The Simpsons.
Where exactly do you need to be in Berkeley? It's a medium-sized city
Unfortunately the BART will not be practical since there don't seem to be any stations close to where I need to be near Gilman and 4th Street.
So how long do you think the drive will take? I was thinking to give myself an hour. Will that be long enough? Will parking really be more challenging than in San Francisco? Also, how will the traffic be going back to San Francisco at 10am. If it's still going to be congested is there anything worthwhile seeing/doing in Berkeley before driving back?
30 minutes, but an hour would be nice. Gilman and 4th will not have parking problems, as it's out of the center. Traffic going back should be ok, and if you cross after 10 am, the toll will be $1 less than before 10 am. Use the "cash" lanes.
If i were you, I'd drive up the the University to see the beautiful Berkeley campus. Parking will be ok right now, but find a pkg lot, or put quarters in a meyer. Go up the Campanile bell tower and see the wonderful view over the Bay Area, get down again and listen to a bell concert at Noon. See this link for visiting the campus
And here 's a list of popular places to visit there
Walk up and down the first four blocks of Telegraph Avenue and see the local scene. Get up to the Lawrence Hall of Science, see the view and a great kids science museum
Yeah, I would take your time heading back to the City. Go up to the U (Go Bears!) and visit the campus, grab a meal or snack in downtown. Berkeley is a great food city.