|Posted on July 5, 2016 at 12:20 AM|
AC Transit's largest service expansion in years, dubbed AC Go, has launched on June 26, and brings an unprecedented 14% expansion in AC Transit service to East Bay riders.
The first phase of AC Go includes these many service changes:
Line 12: The line has been extended from its current terminal, at 10th & Washington Streets in Downtown Oakland, to Oakland Amtrak.
Line 57: The line has been extended via 40th & Shellmound Streets to the Emeryville Public Market, past its previous terminal at 40th Street and San Pablo Ave.
Line 99: The 99 has been extended to San Leandro BART. It will continue to serve Bay Fair BART.
Redesigned/More Frequent Lines:
Line 1: The International bus now runs from 12th Street BART to San Leandro BART every 8 minutes.
Line 7: Frequency has been increased from every 40 to every 30 minutes.
Line 52: Frequency has been increased to every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 20 minutes off-peak.
Line 62: Frequency has been increased to every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 20 minutes off-peak.
Line 88: Frequency has been increased to every 15 minutes.
Line 98: The redesigned line now runs between Coliseum BART and Eastmont Transit Center via 98th Ave. The 98 will run every 20 minutes. The service day has also been increased from 9:45 PM to 11:00 PM.
New Bus Lines:
Line 6: The new 6 is meant to replace Line 1 service from Downtown Berkeley to Downtown Oakland, and operates from Berkeley BART to 10th & Washington Streets (12th Street BART) every 10 minutes.
Line 90: This new East Oakland line runs from Coliseum BART to Foothill Square via 85th & 90th Avenues every 20 minutes.
Eliminated Bus Lines:
Line 1R: Yes, the 1R: International Rapid is gone, soon to be replaced by AC Transit's Bus Rapid Transit Line, the first in the East Bay. Construction of the BRT line has prompted the cancellation of the 1R, but the newly added Line 6 is here to combat that cancellation for regular 1R riders.
Line 58L: The 58L, between Oakland Amtrak and Eastmont Mall via MacArthur Blvd, is gone as well, and its recourses have been shifted to improving the updated Line 57 and the NL with greater service.
Between the fiscal years of 2013-2014 and today, AC Transit has placed 210 new buses onto our city streets, with 96 more to come this fiscal year alone.
These modern buses are slowly replacing AC Transit's old fleet of just over 600 buses. Many of AC Transit's older vehicles have well exceeded their life expectancy, and need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
With AC Go, 25 new 40 foot Diesel Electric Hybrid buses will be rolled out for revenue service between June and August. These are made locally by Gillig in Hayward, and are designed to reduce carbon emissions drastically.
In late 2017 or early 2018, 10 New Flyer Fuel Cell Buses and 5 New Flyer Battery Electric buses, both of which burn zero emissions, will be added to AC Transit's fleet.
Also coming in 2017 and 2018 are the introduction of 29 60-foot articulated buses, 10 double-decker buses for transbay service, and 10-foot buses.
If you need an example of a terrific transit agency that has no problem getting stuff done, then look no further than AC Transit. No agency is perfect by any means, but we believe AC Transit can serve as a role model to other agencies around the Bay Area and to agencies throughout the United States.
For more information on AC Go, visit actransit.org.