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May 14, 2013 > Bus improvements for central and southern Alameda County

Bus improvements for central and southern Alameda County

Public input sought on Plan for more efficient/direct routes

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

During the recent economic downturn, AC Transit was forced to make significant service cut-backs in central and southern Alameda County. Consequently, many lines in this area run infrequently, some routes are confusing and ridership is low on certain routes and line segments.

The proposed Plan reallocates funding and overall service hours to improve service and increase ridership. Specific line changes include conversion of confusing circular routes to linear routes; creation of consistent service hours and route networks across days, nights and weekends; new and expanded lines, including service to the Silliman Center and Pacific Research Center, and improved service between the Union City and Fremont BART stations; increased frequency and service hours on a number of lines; and elimination of "shopper shuttles" (line 300 series) and other lines and line segments that have low ridership and/or confusing route patterns (most service eliminations would be covered by other restructured or new lines).

AC Transit will hold a community forum and a public hearing to outline a series of route adjustments designed to make bus service faster, more reliable and more compliant with specific needs in central and southern Alameda County.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, there will be a community meeting to outline the planned changes and address any questions or concerns. The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the California School for the Blind, 500 Walnut Avenue, Fremont.

Attendees will also be able to submit written feedback on the Plan. Public comment received at this meeting will be provided to the AC Transit Board for consideration at a public hearing scheduled for May 22, 2013.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, AC Transit's Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to solicit input on a proposed Service Restructuring Plan for central and southern Alameda County and to receive comments on service changes in Downtown Hayward that were implemented in March 2013. The hearing will be held at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, Fremont City Hall, Building A, 3300 Capitol Avenue, Fremont.

The Plan is designed to improve network consistency, increase service frequencies, improve service span, create new markets, ensure adequate coverage and increase overall productivity. To accomplish these improvements, the Plan eliminates some of the least productive routes and route segments.

Overall, 20 routes are affected by the Plan, which covers mainly suburban and industrial areas of central Alameda County and most of southern Alameda County.

Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 14
5 - 7 p.m.
California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Avenue, Fremont

Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 22
5 p.m.
Council Chambers
Fremont City Hall
Building A
3300 Capitol Avenue, Fremont

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