Photograph from July 11th, taken by our Special Protest Correspondant, Nilanjan Nag.

Option #1:

Your most glamorous East Bay commute 

The ferry to Alameda and Jack London Square leaves the Ferry Building this evening at 5:10, 6:16, 7:20, and 8:20. A one-way ticket is $6.25.

Bikes are allowed on board. Also: The last time I took the ferry, there was free wireless.

The Internet claims that the sun sets tonight at 7:53. Feel free to time your trip accordingly.

Option #2:

A walk to the temporary Transbay Terminal will provide access to several bus lines crossing the bridge. I’ve personally found in these situations that just walking around politely asking bus drivers what bus you should take is a vastly superior user interface to navigating the cruftware that is the 511 website.

Option #3:

If you’re trying to get to the East Bay with a bike tonight, check out the Caltrans shuttle. It leaves from the corner of Folsom and Main this afternoon at 3:50, 4:40, 5:30, and 6:15, and goes to MacArthur BART. Cost? One thin dollar.

Option #4:

And last but not least, welcome, dear reader, to the casual carpool. From the website: 

Evening car pools leave San Francisco from Beale St. between Howard and Folsom between 3:30 and 7 PM. Signs are posted on Beale St. for the different East Bay destinations — passengers and drivers meet at the appropriate spot. 

The most popular East Bay destinations are Richmond, Hercules, Vallejo, and Fairfield. Some destinations have only sparse activity in the evening — Oakland/Grand Lake, for example — and some destinations are not active at all in the evening — North Berkeley, for example.

Alright. Safe journeys, everyone.

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Heather Smith covers a beat that spans health, food, and the environment, as well as shootings, stabbings, various small fires, and shouting matches at public meetings. She is a 2007 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a contributor to the book Infinite City.

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