There are a number of transportation choices available for San Ramon commuters. Many people choose to live here in San Ramon in part because of the ease of commuting to work and its access to neighboring cities. San Ramon is a prominent city in Contra Costa County and lies in the eastern suburb of San Francisco. The city is located in the San Ramon Valley which is sandwiched between two large parks, the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness and Mount Diablo State Park.
San Ramon has some lovely recreational areas nearby and is close to public and state parks in Northern California. Mount Diablo State Park is one of those extremely popular places to visit that are located near San Ramon. The park is known for its beautiful flora and fauna most of which are native Northern California Bay Area plant species. Every season reveals a different landscape as new foliage and floral hues emerge. In the spring the mountain's beautiful wildflowers are in full bloom and one of the most delightful sights.
An extensive network of trails in Mount Diablo State Park takes visitors close to hidden parts of the park where visitors can also spot wildlife and come close to some stunning natural formations. Some popular activities are biking to the 3,849 foot summit or going on horseback to see remote areas. The park is also very popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and campers.
If you are visiting San Ramon to enjoy its sights it is relatively easy to get around. Most people drive around San Ramon but the city also provides many public transportation choices.
For drivers, Highway I-680 runs right by San Ramon and connects it to other major freeways such as I-580, I-101, and I-880 making it easy to travel in the area. San Ramon is near many East Bay cities and also an easy commute to Silicon Valley.
For drivers, I-680 goes right past San Ramon and connects to the north with 24, 580, and 880 to San Francisco. Highways 580 and 880 connect San Ramon to most of the East Bay. For travel to San Jose and the Silicon Valley, I-680 connects to the 880, 280, and 101 freeways.
The public transportation services available in San Ramon also make it easy to get around the city and into San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Buses and shuttles connect travelers to major public transportation options such as BART.
One place to start for commuters is the San Ramon Transit Center on the Iron Horse Trail at the corner of Executive Parkway and Camino Ramon. The Center is convenient for commuters who can park and take public transportation. There are 54 parking spaces designated for people to park and to ride a carpool, vanpool, or bus. The free parking spaces are non-reservable and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bicycle owners can store their bikes on racks and lockers at the Transit Center. Bike lockers can be rented monthly, quarterly or yearly and are covered and secured. Bike racks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional bike lockers can be reserved at the Sycamore Park and Ride Lot in Danville.
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)
The Altamon Commuter Express train serves commuters in cities from Stockton to San Jose. Riders can get a 50% discount on a one-month pass when they ride the County Connection 920 ACE shuttle from the San Ramon Transit Center and the Danville Sycamore Park & Ride lot to the ACE train station in Pleasanton.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
There is no BART station at San Ramon yet, but riders can go to the nearby Walnut Creek or Dublin/Pleasanton BART Stations for trains into San Francisco, Fremont or Richmond. Commuters can park at the San Ramon Transit Center and board a County Connection express bus to the BART stations.
To encourage riding the BART, the parking lots have spaces allotted for carpools. You can apply for a permit to park at the carpool slots. Buy tickets for BART at the San Ramon Community Center, City Hall, and Senior Center, Transportation Services at 2401 Crow Canyon Road.
Contact the Transportation Services Division at (925) 973-2650 for additional information about ticket purchases.
County Connection bus services are available to and from the Dublin/Pleasanton and Walnut Creek BART Stations to San Ramon. You can look up bus schedules at BART Stations, city and town offices, libraries, and community centers.
Transit tickets for County Connection can be purchased at the San Ramon Transportation Offices, Community Center, City Hall, Senior Center and Library. Call 925-676-7500 to find out more about County Connection.