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May 15, 2007 > AC Transit proposes extended trans-Bay service

AC Transit proposes extended trans-Bay service

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

A new Line M bus service is being proposed to provide, a unique and direct link between home and the workplace for hundreds of daily commuters trekking between Alameda and San Mateo counties.

If approved by the AC Transit Board of Directors on May 16, the expanded Line M would begin in August replacing Line MA with expanded service along the Peninsula. Line M would be extended from its present terminal at the Hillsdale Caltrain Station and instead run a U-shape loop from Castro Valley BART, across the San Mateo Bridge, down the Peninsula to the Dumbarton Bridge, then eastward to Union City BART and then back again. It will be the only transit route in the Bay Area operating across two bridges. Presently, Line MA only runs between Union City BART and Redwood Shores.

Proposed stops for the new Line M would include Chabot College, Caltrain, Oracle, Stanford Mid-Point Campus and Sun Microsystems. The two high-tech Peninsula firms employ more that 500 southern Alameda County residents with daily commutes across the Bay.

"We are aiming to provide a critical missing link in transportation that can only be done with buses, reduce the number of cars clogging our roadways, and fulfill the public's request to provid some sorely needed commute alternatives," said AC Transit General Manager Rick Fernandez.

The new service would be funded with money from Regional Measure Two, passed by voters in 2004 to alleviate traffic congestion, particularly across Bay Area bridges.

On Wednesday May 16, AC Transit directors will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes, at 6 p.m. in the Newark City Council Chambers.

For more information, or to see a map of the changes, visit www.actransit.org.


Public hearing, AC Transit route changes
Wednesday, May 16
6 p.m.
Newark City Hall
37101 Newark Boulevard, 6th floor

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