Commuting is a way of life for many Californians who work in the city but prefer to live in the suburbs. Driving on the major thoroughfares into cities like San Francisco and San Jose shows you just how many people drive in and out each day for work. The Tri-Valley is an area where many commuters to San Francisco, San Jose, and a number of other areas, choose to live. This is partially because these major cities are less than 35 miles away from the Tri-Valley. Another important reason commuters often make the Tri-Valley home is the access to major thoroughfares and public transit. However, any experienced commuter will tell you that these elements are important but they do not necessarily translate into an easy commute. We will look at the specific options you have for commuting from the Tri-Valley and how those will impact the ease or difficulty of your commute.


You can easily get to I-580 from several of the cities in the Tri-Valley. For example, the town of Livermore exists on both sides of the interstate and you can get on at the intersection of both I-580 and I-680 in the town of Dublin. Access to I-580 is important for commuters who need to drive into San Francisco each day. The majority of the trip into the city will be spent on this major thoroughfare. Because I-580 is a major thoroughfare, there is a large amount of people who use it to get to work each day. You will not have difficulty getting to it from your Tri-Valley home but you will likely encounter traffic on a daily basis.


If you need to commute in a different direction to San Jose, you can do that by way of I-680. I-680 is the major thoroughfare that you will take to get from the Tri-Valley to San Jose. As mentioned above, you can easily reach this interstate from towns within the Tri-Valley. Two of the Tri-Valley towns that provide close proximity to I-680 are Dublin and Pleasanton. Like I-580, I-680 is a well-traveled thoroughfare on which you are likely to encounter traffic during your commute.

Public transit

The Tri-Valley does have public transit available to commuters. This is a great option if you do not want to drive your car into the city each day. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station is located on the line between the towns of Dublin and Pleasanton. Commuters can park their cars (for a fee) or store their bikes on site and travel into San Francisco using BART. Using public transit can minimize the frustrations that come with driving for an extended period of time in traffic. You can visit the BART website and plan out your commute to determine if it will make it less difficult.

Each one of these commuting options comes with possible pros and cons. The major factor to consider if you are thinking about living in the Tri-Valley is accessibility. You will not have to spend a significant amount of your commuting time getting to the interstate or public transit if you live in Tri-Valley. This factor can make getting to work in the city much less difficult for many commuters.

Jameel Batshon, Broker/Co-Founder of Century 21 Cornerstone Realtors has 15 Years of Real Estate Experience with a background in Lending that started in 2002 at Household Finance Company. Jameel was Born in San Francisco, Ca and moved to the East Bay at a young age. Jameel has been a licensed Realtor since 2004.