But you the bus rider, the customer, simply want to get to your destination, whether to work, to visit a friend, or enjoying a ball game or night out. If you come into San Francisco from San Mateo County, or Marin County, you can take SamTrans and Golden Gate Transit buses respectively. If you're coming in from the East Bay, most folks take an AC Transit bus. Sure there's BART, and ferries, but many folks do not live near a BART station, so a long distance bus does the job.
Golden Gate Transit and SamTrans weave their way through the city's streets, dropping folks off along Van Ness, Mission, and Potrero streets as they enter the City, and picking them up as they leave. This allows for some of customers to get to destinations other than downtown with a once seat ride, or a single transfer.
AC Transit does not offer this option. If you're going to San Francisco, and you're on an AC Transit bus, you get off at the Transbay Terminal. If you're going beyond Downtown San Francisco, you'll have to make a transfer to a Muni bus or Muni Metro, or BART (if you're lucky). Below are some transit options for AC Transit Transbay bus riders.
- Downtown: walk
- Civic Center: 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid
- Mission Bay: walk to Embarcadero or Folsom St, then transfer to N-Judah or T-Third
- Haight Ashbury: 7 Haight/Noriega
- Fisherman's Wharf: Walk to Market St, then transfer to F-Market
- SF State: Walk to Embarcadero Staton then transfer to N-Judah.