Commuting by car

The Mountain House commute to the Silicon Valley during the work week takes about 1:10 to 1:50 depending on traffic.  There are three options when leaving Mountain House: I-580 over the Altamont Pass; the Old Altamont Pass road; the Old Patterson pass one-lane road.  The interstate is the normal choice – however it often is backed up from 6:30 to 8:30 am in which case the other options may be better choices.

When I-580 jams up on the Altamont Pass the Old Altamont Pass Road is a good route around the jam.  However, the problem Old Altamont often jams up as you come into Livermore which can be anywhere from a 1 to 10 minutes of back up.

The Old Patterson pass road is a great choice if you are planning on travelling to the South Bay.  However, it is a one lane road with sharp curves.  It can be a bit scary when another driver decides to go against the massive flow of traffic by travelling west to east in the morning.  Once or twice a year an 18 wheeler decides to try the using the Old Patterson road gets stuck stopping traffic for an hour or more.


Next, their is choice between highway 84 and continuing on I-580.


The ACE Train

The ACE train is an excellent option for Mountain House residents commuting into the Silicon Valley.  Most residents pick up the train at the Vasco Station in Livermore.



There will be a public meeting of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District on July 5 at 6:30pm at the Wicklund Elementary School.

From their flier:

“RTD staff is interested in presenting to the community members
information about Commuter and Lifeline services in the area.
Stop by and share your thoughts on a future RTD Commuter service
from Mountain House to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART for an alternative
commute to the Bay Area.
RTD staff will also be available to answer questions about our rural
Lifeline, a transportation service for elderly and disabled citizens of
San Joaquin County.”


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