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January 7, 2014 > County bus service re-routed

County bus service re-routed

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

On Sunday, December 15, AC Transit initiated a series of route adjustments designed to make bus service faster, more reliable, and more compliant to community needs, with particular focus on improving service in Southern Alameda County.

The service modifications will add 15,700 annual service hours and involve more than 50 bus lines from Richmond to Fremont. The adjustment ranges from modest tweaks of existing routes to major route reconfigurations and an entirely new bus line.

The biggest service improvements will occur in Fremont and Newark because during the recent economic downturn AC Transit was forced to make significant service cutbacks in central and south Alameda County. As a result, some routes in the area had infrequent service, became confusing to some passengers, and operated with poor ridership. The upcoming changes reallocate funding and overall service hours with the goals of improving reliability and increasing passenger loads. Some of the changes include: creation of consistent service hours and route networks across days, nights, and weekends, new and expanded lines, and improved service between the Union City and Fremont BART stations.

Most notably, new bus lineÑLine 200-- will begin operations running seven days a week, every 30 minutes from 6:00 am to midnight on weekdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends. It will replace Line 333 with more direct service to employment centers, shopping areas and other key locations.

A complete list of the December 15th service changes is available online at www.actransit.org.

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