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  • david vartanoff

    Buried in all of the relief that the new Transbay bus terminal is finally opening, AC Transit is implementing a rider hostile set of service changes to several transbay bus lines. As a general change, AC will no longer allow reverse commute riders on many routes and will now refuse local riders completely on others. While one could debate whether the 15 seconds it might cost for a local rider to board and tag a fare, the result on several lines is the end of all bus service because no other bus runs on those streets.
    The extreme case involves the Parkwoods/Caldecott Lane Apartments where the roads to/from this area have no sidewalks and speedy traffic.
    Before the change a resident could get from home to College Ave where a major AC trunk line can take them to many destinations including the University of California–single largest employer/rider generator on AC’s network. Now they have ZERO transit.
    On a process level, by bundling multiple routes in the general policy change NO specific notice of service abandonment was made thus many riders had no idea they were being targeted, until notices came out in the last two weeks.

  • jonobate

    Yeah, this is a really bad move by AC Transit. We should be moving away from specialized commute only services to frequent, all day service on the lines serving Transbay, in order to make the service a viable alternative to BART and relieve some of the capacity crunch in the Transbay Tube. This change moves the service in the wrong direction.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I agree completely. This is a major service cut and I’m baffled as to why they are doing it. It can’t be costing much time, and if it is costing a lot of time that’s a signal that AC Transit needs to be installing local service on that route. To cut service, in some cases eliminating local service in neighborhoods, when their funding has never been higher, makes no sense.

  • david vartanoff

    And occasionally, a bit of lobbying actually gets rider friendly results viz

    AC Transit E News today.
    Transbay Service
    Effective immediately, lines B and E will not be restricted to Transbay passengers only. Lines B and E will continue to accept local passengers.

    New restrictions on other lines (G, H, J, LA, LC, NX4, NXC, OX, P, V, and Z) remain effective.

    When boarding line B or E to ride within the East Bay, inform the driver before you pay your fare, so that the driver can change the farebox or Clipper reader to deduct the proper local fare amount.
    2 down 11 to go.