New public transportation in San Francisco

Thanks to new transportation projects, it may become easier to travel around one of the great cities on the West coast. Buyers of homes for sale in San Francisco essentially have three ways to leave the city when driving - the Golden Gate Bridge to the north, the Bay Bridge to the east and I-280 to the south. However, new public transportation projects and improvements to existing infrastructure are making it much easier to get around this great city, and residents may soon enjoy extraordinarily quick travel times.

Ferries

The Sacramento Bee reported that a new ferry service has just opened between South San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda. The boat line is the first one to open in the Bay Area since the current Alameda Harbor Bay to San Francisco option was introduced in 1992. The length of the journey will be around 40 minutes depending on weather and bay conditions.

The news source reported that the first week of service will be free to attract commuters to experiment with the new ferry service. Afterwards, the price of a one-way trip will be $7.

Ferries are a reliable choice for public transportation, as they are not subject to road and track problems. Consider giving this option a try while service is free to see if the ferry is right for you.

Muni Metro

Both tourists and residents know of the advantages of the historic Muni Metro, but recently underground construction has been underway on the N (Judah) line. The work has resulted in minor inconveniences for travelers who normally utilize the line, but CBS reports that the construction project is well on schedule.

Replacement tracks and infrastructure repairs will make the N line safer and eliminate delays associated with faulty tracks.

BART

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system services much of the San Francisco area, and the subway trains of this service complement the above-ground line with underground services. However, the vehicles that are used are the oldest in the entire nation, and the agency plans to replace these trains as soon as possible.

Since the population of the metro area is expected to grow exponentially over the next 30 years, BART recently unveiled its "Fleet of the Future" plan, which aims to replace current train cars with brand-new models. In addition, new express service routes and track expansion is currently underway, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

"The idea is to have service that is faster than the 10- to 12-minute headways we have now," said BART planning manager Val Menotti, according to the news source. "That way, people won’t have to rely on schedules."