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I mentioned in speaking about American's fascination with the automobile that few options are available for alternative transportation except in the largest of cities. San Francisco has excellent bus and trolley service, while many communities around the Bay have access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Trains run both above ground, as well as underground in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.

This photo was taken this afternoon at the 19th Street BART station in downtown Oakland. Check the map to see the layout of the system. This Oakland station is at the center of the system. Trains from Concord, Richmond and Fremont all pass through this station on their way to and from San Francisco. Over three hundred thousand riders use BART each day, most to commute to and from work. Recently the system added an extension to the San Francisco International Airport, which will surely make it an important connection for travelers.

I have no idea where the young man walking past me is headed with his backpack on his back. He may be a student heading to the University of California campus in Berkeley or to a job in San Francisco. For me the visit to this underground facility was of short duration, since, as you note, the day above was sunny. It was also pleasantly warm. But a visit to BART seemed in order, to add to my story about transportation in the Bay Area.

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