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16th St BART
--Directions to 16th St. Mission Station
Find the accessible path for both entering and exiting this station.
--Local area map of 16th St. Mission Station
--Rotating Art Program
24th St BART
--Directions to 24th St. Mission Station
--Find the accessible path for both entering and exiting this station.
--Local area map of 24th St. Mission Station
BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit and has excellent on-time performance and frequency.
MAP, Schedule & Fares
Last train leaves just past midnight! || official web
BART's two stations at 16th street and 24th street define the Mission's past and future. These two double vortex plazas opened in 1973 and are only now being used as centerposts of neighborhood planning. 16th St BART will get you to the historic Mission Dolores and your walk will encompass three dramatically different blocks as you go from urban grit to trendy hip to an other worldly spiritual calm of the many churches at the base of beautiful Dolores Park.  24th Street BART will take you to the city's highest concentration of Latin shopping on Lower 24th Street or if you head West towards Twin Peaks you will eventually arrive in the charming inimitable village of Noe Valley on upper 24th Street.
  • BART at SF International Airport (SFO) station opened in 2004. Only $5 from the Mission to Airtrain connection.
  • BART - Oakland International Airport (OAK) AirBART shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes. Shuttle trip takes 15 to 30 minutes depending upon traffic. It stops in front of the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station on San Leandro Blvd. and in front of Terminal 1 and 2 at Oakland International Airport.
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Transbay Terminal Mission & 1st Street is the hub for bus connections to the East Bay, North Bay/Marin County (Golden Gate Transit ) and San Mateo County (SamTrans.) AC Transit's Alameda County/East Bay connections are preferred by many over BART because of special speedy bridge ramps, lower prices & less transfers.
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The two most popular ways to get to our sunny side are the J Church Metro & the famous 14 Mission which is the busiest Transit Line in the West. Other Lines & their Schedules are: | 49 Mission - Van Ness | 48 24th Street | 67 Bernal Heights | 53 Southern Heights | 22 Fillmore | 26 Valencia | 27 Bryant | 12 Folsom|| 33 Stanyon (thru Mission to Potrero Hill) 19 Polk (Potrero Hill) is San Francisco's new Integrated Transportation Management System led by the city's Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT).
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Map & Schedule || Fares || One block from PacBell Stadium

Caltrain Station (4th & Townsend):|| |Connecting Buses
You can now catch an N-Judah Metro car and transfer no later Church but getting out at the Powell Station and walking one block to 5th & Mission to catch the frequent 14-Mission or simply paying extra to take BART is your best bet.
Leaving the Mission on Caltrain consider 48 24th St for the Caltrain Station at 22nd & Pennsylvania or the SF Bayshore Station on the other side of Candlestick/3-Com stadium has easy, cheap parking for Southbay commute.

The System: As of 2006, Caltrain has 29 regular stops, one football-only stop (Stanford Stadium), and two weekend-only stops (Broadway and Atherton). Caltrain operates a mix of 96 local, limited, and express weekday trains, with 32 and 28 hourly local trains on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively. Caltrain has direct connections to three regional rail services; Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) (providing service to Colma, Daly City, San Francisco and the East bay) at the Millbrae Station, Amtrak's Capitol Corridor and Coast Starlight trains, [wiki] as well as Altamont Commuter Express [wiki & ]at San Jose's Diridon Station [wiki/].
Dumbarton Rail
on a to-be-rebuilt Dumbarton rail corridor across the San Francisco Bay will add 4 stations to the Caltrain system: Union City, Fremont-Centerville, Newark, and Menlo Park/East Palo Alto. There are also unfunded plans to extend the rail to Monterey, Santa Cruz and Hollister. See wiki/CalTrain &

TRANSBAY TERMINAL Map || AC-Bay Bridge || AC Night Owl  || Golden Gate & Samtrans-Peninsula || [ - wiki ]
An additional 1.3 mile (2.1 km) tunnel has been proposed to extend Caltrain from the current northern terminus in San Francisco at 4th and King to a rebuilt Transbay Terminal[4], where it would be much closer to the job center of San Francisco and connect directly with BART, Muni, crossbay AC Transit buses, and long-distance buses.
then connect with the Mission via BART wiki/GG_Transit wiki/AC_Transit
FERRY BUILDING: Map || Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service || Blue & Gold Fleet || Golden Gate Ferry || Harbor Bay Ferry || Vallejo Baylink Ferry 
then connect with the Mission via BART  wiki/Ferry_Building
BAY BRIDGES: One of the nation's busiest bridges has been under deconstruction since 1989. It is expected to be complete in 2013 $8 billion and counting later. The result will have decreased capacity since it will no longer be able to accommodate rail and novel engineering. It is not to late to save the old Oakland side some engineers say is sounder in an earthquake and begin the discussion of a second crossing.
Meanwhile Caltrans continues to allow anti-car advocates to deteriorate the highway throughways connecting the SF Peninsula with the rest of the Bay Area. In short, get to know the transit friendly entertainment zone of the SF Mission! 
Bikes The popular Valencia Bike Lanes are slated for improvement in 2007 Chavez Street which has auto congestion problems continues to be targeted as a key connecting path. There's continued debate for expansion if bike lanes on 17th vs. 16th St. Harrison St is a nice route to the downtown and waterfront.  The Mission is wonderfully flat but avoiding the hills surrounding it takes some experience.
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CARS: If your driving use this Yahoo Zoom Map for 94110 Zip code  || Driving Directions ||
Parking: GARAGES & Guerrilla :
16th Street & Hoff  between Mission and Valencia Yahoo Map || Driving directions City Garage: Available during the day but tough at night.  Attended Valet parking
Valet Parking at the Restaurants

UCSF lot at 17th & Folsom across from ODC Theatre is a bit of a walk for Valencia but generally available
Guerrilla parking:
At your own risk since towing is a risk but generally do not 
  • Middle Lane of Valencia: Double Parking is OK for (un)Loading or participation in Church/Funeral Ceremonies and big events like CARNAVAL However cars are regularly towed in the evening without warning particularly between 16th & 17th. Ask your friendly merchant before you park here for more than a quick stop
  • Walgreens: at Capp & 16th behind the store on the 16th/Mission BART plaza
  • Duggan & Welsh Funeral Home: 17th & Valencia at Camp
  • Presbyterian Church 16th & Dolores 
  • Mission Dolores off 16th between Dolores & Church

Business Focus: Yahoo lists 50 Restaurants within 2 blocks  and 48 Latin American within 9 blocks .9 miles Yahoo had 73 Nightclubs within 8 blocks which includes the additional nearby good time hubs of 22nd & Valencia, Castro & Market,  Lower Haight & Fillmore and SOMA's 11th & Folsom. 

21st & Valencia MEDA/City Yahoo Map || Printable || Nearby Businesses ||One At the center of the Mission with over fifty restaurants within a two block radius. attended @ $1 per hour park  (200 spaces). Good deal space but space increasingly unavailable try these options next if necessary:
22nd & Mission Bay View Bank at 9 stories is hard to miss, 100+ slots but generally kept locked by building owner

20th & Mission El Capitan/Greek Imports behind Bruno's enter on Mission or Capp
Valet Parking: at Foreign Cinema

Guerrilla parking:
Funeral Parking at corner of 22nd & South Van Ness
Business Focus, Yahoo lists 51 Restaurants within 2 blocks of 21st & Valencia (.2 miles) many w/ reviews, Also during the day this is a Latin zone for Travel Agents || Banks || Insurance || Law Firms || Arts.Orgs by || Grocers,

24th Street the 800 space SF General Hospital garage just off 23rd & Potrero Ave  has plenty of nighttime parking. (entrance on 24th St too) You could then Grab the MUNI 33 for 16th & Valencia or the MUNI 48 for 24th St.
Small metered City lot behind McDonalds at 24th & Mission and improved street parking as you head towards Cesar Chavez (formerly Army Street) 
Guerrilla parking: At your own risk since towing is a risk but generally do not 

  • Coast Savings at 25th & Mission Lot next off the laundry next to 
  • Cala Foods lot on South Van Ness between 23rd and 24th St.

South of Cesar Chavez where Mission meets Valencia 
Blockbuster Video Lot huge lot generally with available parking. Often attended with envelope/slot system when not
Bank of America makes lot available for a fee

Public lots Guerilla Parking

  • Safeway is 24 hours and generally has parking available
  • Saint Lukes Hospital has large lots but it's not easy to park unless you're visiting
  • Burger King generally have available space promotes smart growth or higher density along transit corridors


Headed by the Mission's BART Director Tom Radulovich
Complete Streets campaign page
Valencia Street into a great walking and bicycling street, and are pleased to see the draft designs include much wider sidewalks, pedestrian bulb outs at the corners, a wider bike lane and parking lane, and landscaping, lighting, and street trees.
Construction slated to start in 2007
24th Street BART Plazas: BART hosted a community design workshop on Thursday, June 15 to help shape the future of the plazas at the 24th Street BART Station. The meeting revisited the 2001 for the 24th Street plazas, reviewing lessons learned from the 16th Street improvements, and prioritizing the first improvements for 24th Street Station.   A grant application for a first phase of improvements was submitted based on the input from the workshop
Check out BART's plans for the plazas and station:

Assisting with the community collaborative process is:
Mission Community Council (MCC)   MCC is a collaborative network of over 35 Mission non–profit organizations, businesses, faith groups, and public departments committed to promoting the vitality of the Mission District
ASIAN NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN design expertise in affordable housing, community centers and other facilities addressing people with special needs. Fernando Marti has been the point person

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