Discover Oakland's hottest neighborhoods with the Free B

Photo by Greg Lindhares/City of Oakland.
 
Editor's Note: This story was updated on 3/3/2020.
 
Downtown Oakland residents, workers and revelers can ride the Free B Broadway Shuttle until 10pm Monday through Friday. Find the full schedule and other information at Bshuttle.com.
 
Launched in 2010 to provide fast, convenient access to Downtown Oakland offices, social services, and 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 the Downtown neighborhoods: Jack London Square, Chinatown, Old Oakland, Central Downtown Oakland, Uptown, Lake Merritt, KONO and the Valdez Triangle.
 
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.
 
Follow the B Shuttle on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Discover Oakland’s hottest neighborhoods 

Between BART and the Free B, exploring these Downtown Oakland neighborhoods has become that much easier. 

Jack London Square

Photo courtesy of Visit California.
 
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. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and transfer to the Free B at either 12th St or 14th St and exit at the Embarcadero stop. 

Chinatown

Photo courtesy of Visit Oakland. 
 
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). Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center or take the Free B and exit at the 9th Street stop. 

Old Oakland

Photo courtesy of Felicia Kieselhorst.
 
What to do? Eat shrimp tacos from Cosecha in Swan’s Market; Shop a creative blend of locally made comfortable basics, international brands and vintage products at Owl N Wood; or people watch at Café 817. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center or take the Free B and exit at the 9th Street stop. 

Central Downtown Oakland

Photo courtesy of Downtown Wine Merchants. 
 
What to do? Stop in for farmer's market inspired tapas and order a glass (or bottle) of wine at Downtown Wine Merchants; Spread local love and shop civic pride-evoking tees and accessories at a local favorite, Oaklandish; or enjoy a seasonally driven wholesome menu with craft cocktails and mocktails at one of Downtown Oakland's latest additions, Mockingbird

Uptown Oakland

Photo courtesy of Visit Oakland.
 
What to do? Mingle at the Art Murmur on the first Friday of the month; see a classic film or concert at the Paramount Theatre; or check out Top Chef Alumni Tanya Holland's Brown Sugar Kitchen for Holland's unique take on soul food. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland or take the Free B and exit at the 20th Street stop. 
 
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