Fruitvale BART Station
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- Fruitvale BART StationMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodiesJun 13, 2014
I'm sure by now everyone knows the story here. If not, just do a quick search for "fruitvale station incident" and you'll be informed. Having said that, I'm definitely more on alert here than my usual paranoid self, and I have to say, it's warranted. In the day it's...okay...I mean, you still get harrassed by bums and what not, but it's easier to see them coming. Try not to get change from the machines, that pretty much is like a dinner bell to the surrounding derelects and they'll swarm you like flies on a dead carcass. Err, sorry for that imagery, this place just does that to my psyche.
First, try to have your Clipper card funded before you arrive so you can go straight through the gate. Once you're through you'll have a little more breathing room and solace, and your ride should be smooth hopefully. (the same high quality SF trains come through this station too!)
Second, if you must come after dark, please exercise a lot of caution, and don't hang in one spot for long, I did notice many an unsavory character preying upon those that did.
Third, if you're taking a bus make sure you get on the right one, a lot of the lines have two separate buses going different directions on the line. I made the mistake of getting on the wrong one personally, and learned an hour-long lesson as a result. I also got a view of the rest of Fruitvale...not pretty.
Conclusion: 8 times out of 10 the worst you can expect here is a bit of "got any change" rap from the locals, so most of the time you should be just fine. But the other 20% of the time is where I worry for my fellow traveler, especially the super-touristy types. Stay safe everyone. No matter what race, shape, color, or creed you are, anyone can be a victim.
- Fruitvale BART StationAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13First to ReviewJun 19, 2014
I honestly can't remember much about this station other than it's business. It was my first time going through Oakland and yes, there was a little culture shock but I never felt worried. If you haven't seen the movie Fruitvale Station, you MUST!
The movie follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who sadly had BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year's Day, December 31, 2008 . Oscar's life and tragic death shook the Bay Area, and the entire nation... a must see!Recommended for: