Photo by Greg Lindhares/City of Oakland.
Downtown Oakland residents, workers and revelers can now ride the “Free B” Broadway Shuttle until 10 pm Monday through Thursday. The shuttle also runs until 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays, until the last BART trains depart from the 12th St./Oakland City Center and 19th St./Oakland BART stations. Find the full schedule and other information at Bshuttle.com
Launched in 2010 to provide fast, convenient access to downtown’s offices, social services, and Oakland’s growing number of restaurants, art galleries and entertainment venues, the Free B connects passengers to BART, AC Transit, Capitol Corridor, Amtrak and the San Francisco Bay Ferry.
The route also weaves together all of downtown’s neighborhoods: Jack London Square, Chinatown, Old Oakland, Central Downtown, Uptown, Lake Merritt, KONO and the Valdez Triangle.
2014 was a banner year for the Free B – ridership since inception surpassed three million as workers, residents and visitors left their cars at home and hopped aboard the clean diesel shuttles to commute, shop and eat.
All this ridership has translated into a smaller carbon footprint for Oakland and the region. The Free B reduces vehicle miles driven by 3.3 million each year and eliminates four tons of annual automobile emissions.
The Free B is operated under a contract with AC Transit and funded by an innovative public/private partnership.
Discover Oakland’s hottest neighborhoods
Now that the Free Broadway Shuttle has extended its hours, explore these downtown Oakland neighborhoods.
Jack London Square
What to do? Tour Blue Bottle Coffee; rent a kayak and explore the Oakland Estuary; or see what’s behind the slanted door at Heinold’s First and Last Chance. Ride BART to 12th St/Oakland, and transfer to the free Broadway Shuttle (exit at the Embarcadero stop).
What to do? Eat hand-made sesame paste noodles at Shan Dong; grab dessert from Wonder Food Bakery (cash only); or take a City of Oakland walking tour (90 minutes). Ride BART to 12 St/Oakland City Center. Or take the Free Broadway Shuttle, exit at the 9th Street stop.
What to do? Eat shrimp tacos from Cosecha in Swan’s Market; Shop for made in the USA goods from Marion and Rose’s Workshop; or people watch at Café 817. Ride BART to 12 St/Oakland City Center. Or take the Free Broadway Shuttle, exit at the 9th Street stop.
What to do? Mingle at the Art Murmur on the first Friday of the month; see a classic film at the Paramount Theatre; or shop for raw jeans and menswear at Two Jacks Denim. Ride BART to 19th St/Oakland. Or take the Free Broadway Shuttle, exit at the 20th Street stop.