Oakland from the Bus – Bay Bridge – San Francisco Bay

In order to travel from San Francisco to Oakland (which I did when I was in the US), four were the options to choose: to rent a car, going by train, airplane, or bus. The car and the airplane were too expensive. The train, managed by Amtrak (like most of the rail system in the US) costed almost US$100 and the bus just US$20, so I took this one. As in Argentina and other latinamerican countries, the most used long-distance transport were the bus and then the airplane (in terms of amount of passengers). I couldn’t corroborate it but it seemed like the train was used mostly by tourists and businessmen. I heard some stories about the rail system being highly reduced in the mid-50s when they built the huge highway/freeway system throughout the country, and when the car took the place as the most used way of transportation.
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So I chose the bus because of its low cost and the big advantage that it stops in the little towns around the routes. They were all very calm, with their own Wall-Marts, gas stations, the coffee shops with big parking lots, and residential areas with the classic grass yards. I personally loved the 90s cars everywhere in the little towns. Reminded me of the car chases that I’ve seen in the TV when I was a kid.
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My first look at the bay and the surroundings were when I got to Oakland, in theory one of the most dangerous cities on the United States. It’s been said that the Silicon Valley and new entrepeneurs phenomenon made the land price of San Francisco more expensive, resulting in the migration of some of people to Oakland, a cheaper place to live. After passing trough Oakland by the freeway, the bus crossed the awesome Bay Bridge to San Francisco. It was very congested at the time (you may see it in more detail on the video). The views from the Bay Bridge are some of the best you may find of the skyline of San Francisco. These are the videos of: Oakland from the Greyhound Bus, the views from the huge Bay Bridge, and a video of several ships and ferrys on the Bay Area. As a cool extra, the views of Alcatraz from different point of views (from the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, and Sausalito).

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