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Ygnacio Valley Road is a major arterial that runs east through Walnut Creek from the intersection of Highways 24 and 680. It eventually reaches the adjacent city of Concord. The route then continues to the city of Pittsburg beyond.
This lone boulevard is the major east-west thoroughfare through the valley. If you ask someone from Walnut Creek where they live you will often here “just off of Ygnacio Valley Road.” With a good portion of the town just off of Ygnacio Valley Road, the traffic on this roadway can snarl. Especially westbound between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and eastbound between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. when the red lights can seem to last an eternity.
This is also the main path to the Concord Pavilion (or whatever it has sold its namesake to these days), so it can get extra crowded when a big act is in town. Unfortunately, for many no alternative exists due to the poor street layout. So avoid the rush hours if possible, or else be prepared for gridlock.
The East Bay is not known for its abundance of taxicabs. However, the Walnut Creek BART Station draws taxies from all over the county. It is fortunate as taxies provide a sound option for those needing transportation from BART. For people utilizing the Oakland or San Francisco Airports, this congregation of taxies is most useful.
The County Connection provides bus service throughout the Contra Costa County communities of Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga, as well as unincorporated communities. The Walnut Creek BART station is well served by these buses. However, the service stops fairly early around 9:30 p.m. with some lines stopping around 7:00 p.m. This early termination of service severely limits its usefulness as a transportation option.
Their schedule, route maps, and fairs are available on their website.
A free shuttle service is operated in downtown Walnut Creek. This service links the downtown to the BART Station and provides a means of negotiating downtown for those who do not care to walk. The shuttle buses are easy to spot as they look like green four wheeled cable cars.
BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit, connects Walnut Creek to the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. It links to the major cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. Other cities like Richmond, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, and Fremont are also within its reach. It serves both the San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Although for Oakland, a shuttle is provided to transport you between the airport and the trains.
If you plan to head into San Francisco from the Walnut Creek during commute hours, BART is a good choice if your destination is near a station or served my a MUNI line. The alternative drive over the Bay Bridge is a snarl!
Discounted or free transfers to local bus systems are available inside the stations (including Walnut Creek). In San Francisco, a voucher for $0.25 off a MUNI fare is available at dispensing machines. The BART website offers schedules plus a trip planner.
Parking is available at the Walnut Creek BART Station. A small fee is charged on weekdays. However, on weekdays the parking is usually all taken by eight in the morning.
A free local shuttle is available from the BART station to downtown Walnut Creek.
Be aware that BART stops running around Midnight. So if you have taken a train into the City and closed down the bars, you might find yourself stranded after last call.