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November 4, 2014 > AC Transit expands late night bus service

AC Transit expands late night bus service

Submitted By Clarence L. Johnson

AC Transit is set to increase its late night Òowl serviceÓ-- including expanding and altering routes -- with a one-year pilot program that greatly enhances the frequency and destinations of predawn buses on weekends between San Francisco and the East Bay.

The beefed up Òafter hoursÓ operations will extend bus service from Mission and 24th streets in San Francisco to Pittsburg-Bay Point in the East Bay. It will make new stops at BART stations along the way and increase the frequency of service from 30 minutes to 20 minutes from downtown Oakland to BayFair BART.

The pilot program will begin in December in collaboration with BART which got State Transportation Assistance funds to pay for it. The extended service will be on Friday and Saturday nights from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Ñ the times when transbay riders need it the most.

This pilot program augments AC Transits regular Òowl serviceÓ that was begun in 2005 to provide critical transbay service for hundreds of night-shift workers and others -- from 12 a.m. - 5 a.m. -- when BART trains have stopped for the night.

Line 800 offers daily midnight to 5 a.m. service every hour from the Richmond BART station to the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, making all local stops in Berkeley and Oakland.

Likewise, Line 801 offers a similar hourly service along International Boulevard from downtown Oakland to the Fremont BART station.

A complete schedule of Line 800 and Line 801, detailing route times and stops, is available on our website: www.actransit.org.

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