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May 22, 2007 > New Tri-City senior transportation services

New Tri-City senior transportation services

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

At the May 22 Mobility and Transportation Resources Fair in Fremont, AC Transit unveiled three new lines that will begin service on June 3, 2007. Providing seniors greater scheduling flexibility and reducing walking distances are the priorities behind the new services.

Line 328, is called the "Newark Flex Bus." Operating much like a taxi service,.Line 328 consists of two buses running the same loop in opposite directions around Lake Elizabeth, beginning at the Fremont BART station. Designed especially for seniors, it's a 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. shuttle with stops at senior centers and apartment complexes, California School for the Blind, shopping malls, hospitals and clinics, community centers, City Hall, and the library, among others

Line 329 operates similar to Line 328 except that it zigzags through the senior communities of Fremont and Newark to Fremont Hub, NewPark Mall and Lido Faire. In between, it too stops at all major shopping and business districts, community centers, hospitals, libraries, etc.

Line 333 makes only three pick-ups, but it will take passengers directly to the bus stop closest to wherever they need to go in Newark. The bus will run from 7 p.m. to midnight from Union City BART to NewPark Mall with only one other scheduled stop at Lido Faire Shopping Center in between.

A passenger simply boards the bus at one of these locations and tells the driver where to go. It's perfect for low density areas - less costly, more flexible and more direct than "fixed" service.

"We listened to the community, assessed the problems and are eager to provide transportation options for a population that needs it most," said AC Transit General Manager Rick Fernandez.

For more information, including maps, visit www.actransit.org; or call (510) 891-4700; or dial 5-1-1 and say "AC Transit," then select #3 for Customer Relations.

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