Did you mean?Try your search again
You can get to Martinez by car, but if you like trains there is an Amtrak station. The station is fairly new. Trains going East go towards Sacramento and trains going West go towards Oakland.
Written Jan 10, 2004
While personal security is a concern for the average urban area, especially when you're new to the area there are some considerations you should take when staying in the area.
The main roads in Martinez are Pacheco Blvd, Alhambra Blvd, Morello Blvd, Highway 4 and Highway 680. Highway 4 bisects Martinez into west and east, Alhambra is the central northern line, while Highway 680 is the southern limit.
Arthur Rd is both a connector from 680 south (from Benicia Bridge) to Pacheco and a connector from Pacheco to Contra Costa Blvd (Cities of Pacheco and Pleasant Hill).
Shell Ave connects Marina Vista to Pacheco to Alhambra.
Vine Hill Way connects Morello to Arthur Rd via an overpass on Highway 4.
State Highway patrol maintains an office off Arthur and Blum Rds, while the 680 north off-ramp to Pacheco is the main conduit for law enforcement traffic to the downtown county jail.
The inappropriately named Martinez BART station is neither in city limits nor convenient to any Martinez bound traffic.
The Amtrak station (on the Capitol Corridor line) is cenered between the historic downtown and the Marina. This station is also a hub for local bus transportation, with most coverage focused on weekday working hours.
Updated Apr 5, 2003
Favorite thing: Although the refineries loom over the town, they provide many jobs to the locals. Martinez’s strategic location on the Carquinez Straight makes transportation of oil and refined products possible via tankers. Oil storage tanks, refinery structures, and billowing smokestacks are the backdrop for travelers as they drive along busy Highway 680. Despite the nearby refineries, the San Francisco Bay Area experiences some of the highest gasoline prices in the country.
Written Sep 17, 2008