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Ur[s]uS
2009-08-26, 05:05
Myself and the wife will be on holidays in San Francisco in September and have tickets for the Killers at Shoreline Amphitheater.

Now, back home, you could be certain there will be public transport to the venue. If there is no routine service, coaches will be arranged to make sure people can get there.

I've been on 511.org and Google Maps and it seems we can get to the concert by Caltrain to the Mountain View stop and walk from there to the venue (or get off earlier at San Antonio stop and get a VTA bus). The problem is the Caltrain back is around 10.49pm and I cannot find a bus from that area to Union Square during Saturday night.

Can it be true that everybody drives? Will there be designated coaches? Anyone have tips?

The reason I ask here is that I'm pretty sure Slim Devices are based in Mountain View area ... tenuous, but worth a try. All help appreciated.

PS Finally, anyone know if it is still possible to visit Slim Devices premises and, if so, whether it's worth a look? Would the Touch and Radio be there for fondling around the weekend of 9/12 and 9/13 etc.?

SuperQ
2009-08-26, 10:58
uS;451905']Myself and the wife will be on holidays in San Francisco in September and have tickets for the Killers at Shoreline Amphitheater.

PS Finally, anyone know if it is still possible to visit Slim Devices premises and, if so, whether it's worth a look? Would the Touch and Radio be there for fondling around the weekend of 9/12 and 9/13 etc.?

Blahahaahaha, welcome to the stupidity that is the Mountain View Amphitheater. Sorry, I work in the area, it just makes traffic suck for hours any time there is a concert because there is no public transit to the place worth a damn.

I wouldn't worry about getting from caltrain to union square. It's not that far of a walk. I live in SF and often walk to/from market street from the caltrain area. If you're feeling lazy that late at night, there are always tons of cabs outside the caltrain station.

Goodsounds
2009-08-26, 12:32
Personally, I would not FOR A MINUTE consider this trip using public transportation. If any of the links fail along the way or you miss a transfer, you're hosed. It's located in what I think you call an industrial estate. There's nothing there after dark except the amphitheater. Call a cab if a problem? Good luck to that too.

The walk to/from the Caltrain station has got to be a few miles - too long to be convenient. It would be through areas that ultimately would not have much foot traffic late at night. Not a real bad area, but not a great one either. 90+ % of the cars get on the 101 freeway (about halfway to the train station), so the rest of the trip you'd be alone and possibly not safe.

The company's location is not far from there, within a mile or so. Not too thrilling, I've been there a few times (to pick up orders). Is the concert during the week or on the weekend? Easy to do both with a car. Go to the office, then have an early dinner on Castro Street in Mountain View, then go to Shoreline.

Rent a car and be happy. And safe.

SuperQ
2009-08-26, 15:25
Personally, I would not FOR A MINUTE consider this trip using public transportation. If any of the links fail along the way or you miss a transfer, you're hosed.

It's 3.0 miles from the Mountain View Caltrain to the Amphitheater. I used to bike it to work every day. You can bypass the 101 overpass on Steven's Creek Trail.

It's sad but true, the public transit in Mountain View is nearly useless outside of commuter hours/directions.

I you do want a nice dinner, you can always goto Chez TJ. A little expensive, but great food.

ajkidle
2009-08-26, 16:41
This thread is oddly fascinating to me. Would love to go to that show too.

If anyone is looking for some tips for getting around Ann Arbor, let me know. :)

Ur[s]uS
2009-08-27, 10:44
Thank you guys - I really appreciate the feedback.

With the wonder of Google streetview, I'd "walked the line", but you lose real sense of the place and what it might be like at night. Based on your feedback and my wife's anxiety, we'll rent a car for the day. It seems to work out quite good value and, oddly, the venue tickets seem to include parking: this is bizarre for me!

@SuperQ, thanks for the restaurant tip. Looks very nice indeed. We'll take a leaf from your book and look for bikes while we're there.

@Goodsounds, it's a Saturday night. Thanks for the pragmatic steer. Much appreciated. It certainly confirmed what we were starting to think, nay fear.

@ajkidle, no plans to stop at Tree Town this time, but will come back to you soon as we do.