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    Change Happens: June 24
AC Transit Marketing
05/15/2007
 
       
 

Service changes throughout the AC Transit service area go into effect on Sunday, June 24. Major highlights, from north to south, include:

  • Implementation of the West Contra Costa County Service Plan
  • Launch of the new 1R International Rapid
  • Reconfiguration or replacement of major lines serving downtown Berkeley and downtown Oakland
  • Addition of new All Nighter service from Bay Fair BART to Castro Valley BART
  • Implementation of a new service network in Fremont and Newark, featuring community circulators and an evening "flex bus"
  • Adjustments to nearly all schedules to improve schedule reliability

See detailed descriptions of the changes:

Chart of changes: San Pablo to Hayward
Chart of changes: Fremont and Newark
Map of changes: El Cerrito to Hayward

Change Happens in Different Languages (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hindi, and Punjabi)

spanish
Fremont and Newark
San Pablo and Hayward

chinese
Fremont and Newark
San Pablo and Hayward

vietnamese
Fremont and Newark

hindi
Fremont and Newark

punjabi
Fremont and Newark

 Get new schedules and maps:

  • Online at "Maps and Schedules," available Friday, June 1
  • On buses one to two weeks before June 24
  • At AC Transit ticket offices two to three weeks before June 24:
    --1600 Franklin Street, Oakland
    --Transbay Terminal, First and Mission streets, San Francisco< br>
  • By mail order via
    --online order form
    --phone call to 511 (say, "AC Transit," to reach the AC Transit Information Center)

More background:

Implementation of the West Contra Costa County Service Plan
The plan eliminates some route segments with low ridership, and adds or reroutes service on other lines to create a more useful bus network. The new network offers improved transfer connections at Richmond BART and the Richmond Parkway Transit Center.

Launch of the new 1R International Rapid
From Bay Fair BART to UC Berkeley, the new Rapid introduces quick, limited-stop service along East 14th Street, International Blvd., Broadway, and Telegraph Avenue. With 12-minute frequency on weekdays, bus stops about one-half mile apart, and transit signal priority helping to move buses through busy intersections, the 1R International Rapid promises great new convenience for thousands of bus riders.

Reconfiguration or replacement of major lines serving downtown Oakland and downtown Berkeley
With the introduction of the International Rapid, existing service along the Rapid corridors (and in the vicinity) is realigned and renamed, affecting lines 15, 19, 40/40L, 43, 52/52L, and 82/82L.

Addition of new All Nighter service to Castro Valley BART
Expanding the five-agency network of regional bus service between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., the new Line 880 runs between Bay Fair BART and Castro Valley BART, with timed transfers to and from Line 801 along the Fremont BART line.

Implementation of a new service network in Fremont and Newark
In 2003, at the request of the cities of Fremont and Newark, AC Transit commissioned a comprehensive study of the bus transit needs of the two cities. Focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and rider surveys were conducted as part of the study. Municipal leaders and staff helped evaluate the study results and formulate recommendations. The study concluded that a combination of three distinct service types should be offered: mainline fixed-route service, community service routes, and flexible routes for late-night service.

In early 2006, a service proposal was developed following the study's recommendations. Because additional funding is not available, the proposal rerouted or discontinued lines (or segments of lines) with low ridership in order to offer new services to better meet the needs of the community. In May 2006, the AC Transit Board of Directors held a public hearing in Newark on the proposal. As a result of public input, a number of changes were made before the plan was finalized.

Among the many changes, three new weekday-only lines are introduced: Line 328, Lake Elizabeth Community Circulator; Line 329, Newark Community Circulator; and Line 333, Newark Flex Bus.

Adjustments to nearly all schedules to improve schedule reliability
In addition to major route changes, nearly all lines will have schedule adjustments. Through a new, state-of-the-art scheduling system, AC Transit is able to operate more efficiently, maintaining and improving service while keeping costs controlled. Many schedules now have additional "running time" minutes to help improve schedule reliability on the street.

 
 
   

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