Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The 3 a.m. Commuter

AC Transit passengers come from all walks of life. Some ride our buses to school in the mornings, while others ride home from San Francisco in the evenings. Others use our buses to get to parties -- even sometimes partying ON the bus -- while others depend on us for late night service.
Every day, Dennis Brown commutes on the No. 800 bus at 3 a.m. And every day, the bus rolls through 51st and Telegraph–a spot dear to Brown, a longtime Temescal resident. Get to know one of the intersection’s most visible personalities in the story and audio slideshow below.



The 3 a.m. commuter story and audio slide show are a part of News 21, a project of the Carnegie Initiative on the Future of Journalism. The interactive Intersections: geographical and cultural crossroads in the Bay Area showcases the diversity of the AC Transit service area, and beyond.

Learn more about AC Transit's All Nighter Service at ACTransit.org.

Audio slideshow courtesy of Astrid Munn, News 21 reporter and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student. She is a former copy editor/Spanish language reporter at the Lincoln Journal-Star at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Use your old AC Transit tickets by September 30


Still have old bus tickets laying around? You have until September 30, 2009, to use your old tickets.

fare instrumentsAfter September 30, AC Transit tickets with old prices will not be accepted in the fare box. (The one exception is the Local Youth 31-Day ticket, which you may continue to use beyond September 30 because the price is not changing.)

Paper Transbay have been discontinued. Tickets dated prior to AC Transit's July 1 fare change can also be exchanged for new tickets, or value on your Translink card.

Of course, you can keep your old tickets for nostalgic purposes -- if you choose.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paper Transbay tickets discontinued



Effective Thursday, October 1, AC Transit will no longer accept paper transbay tickets as fare payment; transbay passengers must pay their fare with TransLink or cash.

Passengers with unused transbay paper tickets can continue to exchange them for equal value on a free TransLink card by visiting either AC Transit's Oakland ticket office at 1600 Franklin Street, pictured above, or by mailing a downloadable ticket exchange form to AC Transit. (Please note that tickets may not be exchanged at AC Transit ticket or TransLink vendor locations.)

Photo Credit: Flickr user Size8Jeans

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Line 51 changing


Recognize this bus? It's the retro AC Transit bus that was used in the Will Smith film, "Pursuit of Happyness."

Line 51 may also be your bus line. As a part of the Proposed Service Adjustment plans -- based on your input on the reliability of the Line 51 -- the line may be altered.

To learn more about the Proposed Service Adjustment plan, visit ACTransit.org. You can also attend one of two public hearings taking place in September to give your input on the proposed changes to AC Transit services.

Photo Credit: Flickr user Johnny Z

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

AC Transit Board to consider shifting funds to prevent service cuts

AC Transit is looking at creative ways to uphold our mission of "providing safe, convenient, courteous and reliable transit service" for you.

At a special meeting Friday, Sept. 25, the AC Transit Board of Directors will consider a recommendation from management to eliminate half of the proposed cuts to AC Transit service.

IF YOU GO:

What: Special AC Transit Board of Directors Meeting
Where: AC Transit General Offices2nd Floor Board Room
1600 Franklin Street Oakland, CA 94612
When: Friday, September 25, 2009

5:00 p.m. (Closed Session)

6:00 p.m. (Special Board Meeting)
See: Agenda and GM Memo
It has been proposed that that approximately $80 million in funding for the AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project be reprogrammed for operations, thereby eliminating at least half of the currently planned service cuts.

If this recommendation is adopted, it would result in scaling back the funding plan for AC Transit's East Bay BRT Project from $235 million to approximately $140 million.

AC Transit staff has determined that this move would keep the District solvent for the foreseeable future and will prevent laying off more than 100 bus drivers and mechanics.

Monday, September 21, 2009

AC Transit awarded for solar power

AC Transit just got a solar powered funding boost.

AC Transit was awarded $6.4 million in federal economic stimulus funds to build a solar energy system at its Emeryville facility that will provide electrical power to create hydrogen fuel for AC Transit zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses.



"Building a solar array that will power an electrolysis unit to run our hydrogen station will truly make this fuel 100 percent renewable."
Jaimie Levin

AC Transit’s bus fleet currently includes three fuel cell buses that it has been road testing since 2006 through its grant funded Hyroad program. AC Transit zero-emission fuel cell buses have accumulated nearly 200,000 miles of passenger service, carrying more than 450,000 riders.

"AC Transit is showing how investing in green transportation not only helps the planet and strengthens our economy, but also creates jobs here in the Bay Area. " said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, according to SFist.

Especially significant is that the new solar energy system will enable the production of hydrogen using an electrolyzer powered by solar arrays. An electrolyzer uses electricity to split the water molecule into pure hydrogen and oxygen.

GRANT OVERVIEW
AC Transit will receive $6,400,000 to:
  • Install photovoltaic capacity to generate "green" hydrogen
  • Install multiple PV modules at its Central Maintenance Facility in Hayward.
  • Combined with AC Transit's already-installed solar capacity, this solar installation will produce the renewable electricity equivalent to what will be required to produce 180 kg/day of "green" hydrogen.

"Building a solar array that will power an electrolysis unit to run our hydrogen station will truly make this fuel 100 percent renewable," Jaimie Levin, director of alternative fuels policy, said.

A total of 43 proposals were submitted by transit agencies across the county, as part of a nationwide competition for $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. Transit agencies began submitting their proposals after the FTA announced rules for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program as part of the Recovery Act last March, according to the U.S. Dept of Transportation.

Solar power is not new to AC Transit. In 2007, it unveiled a state-of-the-art 621-kilowatt solar electric system at its facilities in Hayward and Oakland.

For more information about the fuel cell program visit www.actransit.org/environment.

Public hearings on proposed service changes

AC Transit will hold two public hearings to get feedback from the public on the proposed service adjustment Plan.

AC Transit held eight community workshops earlier this month, throughout Alameda County and West Contra Costa County to present AC Transit's proposed Service Adjustments Plan.

Later, probably in October, the Board will make its final decision on the service adjustments, taking into consideration public comments received. The Board could accept, modify, reject, or defer each of the proposed changes. If service adjustments are adopted, they likely would be implemented in January 2010.

Maps and descriptions of the proposed Service Adjustment Plan will be available for public review and comment at our website, AC Transit.org. See FAQ on Service Adjustments Plan for more information on AC Transit's financial situation and the development of the plan.

See detailed maps with information on our website.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Help us keep AC Transit safe


AC Transit's top priority is your safety. In partnership with several regional transit agencies, we've recently placed signs and brochures on AC Transit buses with safety tips.

AC Transit, in partnership with several regional transit agencies, has placed signs and brochures on buses to remind you to stay alert, and have a plan of action in case you notice suspicious activity or packages while waiting for the bus or some other public transit service. Onboard brochures include tips for identifying potential problems and for being prepared in the event of a dangerous or unusual situation.

Transit Watch is simple: AC Transit is a community of citizens -- passengers and riders -- and we all have a responsibility to look out for the safety of one another. Let's all watch out for each other, and make keep transit safe.

Refer to the following tips:
  • Be informed and have a plan for action when riding public transportation
  • Familiarize yourself with bus stops and transit centers
  • Know the location of emergency exits on the bus
  • Inform bus operator of any suspicious packages, substances or activities
  • In an emergency situation, remain calm and listen for bus announcements
  • Do not prevent bus doors from closing
  • Follow instructions given by AC Transit employees. Proceed in an orderly fashion.

Be on the alert for suspicious objects or substances. If you spot an unattended package or object, look for the following:
  • Placement in an out-of-the-way location
  • Individuals in the act of abandoning the object, package or substance and quickly leaving the area
  • Objects with unusual items attached such as batteries, wires, tanks, bottles or bags with an attached message or note
  • A suspicious cloud, mist, gas, vapor, odor or seeping fluid
  • Nearby individuals showing signs of illness or distress.

What to do:
DO NOT confront suspicious individuals or touch suspicious objects,packages or substances. Call the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (AC Transit Police Services at (510) 268-7905 or call 911 immediately, or contact a AC Transit employee. Do not use a cellular phone until you are a safe distance away (approximately 300 feet). If possible, use a landline phone to report asuspicious object, package or substance.

Personal Preparedness tips:
  • Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with family members if separated as a result of an emergency
  • Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with close friends and colleagues during an extended emergency period
  • Keep a record of all contact and emergency information and update it regularly as needed
  • Select a location outside your home as a family meeting point should your home need to be evacuated
  • Identify alternate routes and means of reaching your meeting point in the event your
  • main route is impassible
  • Keep a local map handy for reference
  • Make sure your emergency information and contact numbers are with you at all times.

BE INFORMED. BE INVOLVED. BE ALERT. BE PREPARED.

The regional security awareness campaign, initiated by BART's Security Programs, was funded by a 2008 Transit Security grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The program is based on the Transit Watch campaign used by the federal Transit Security Administrations.

Your efforts will go a long way toward maintaining the safety and security of our AC Transit community.

For more information about Transit Watch, visit the Federal Transit Administration Nationwide Transit Safety and Security Awareness Program

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Give Blood, Help Save a Life



AC Transit usually just wants your fare. Now (dramatic pause) ... we want your blood.

No, not for some diabolical, vampirical blood-sucking, evil alternative-fuel-driven experiment; because you can Help Save a Life. AC Transit has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive Thursday, Sept. 17 at AC Transit's downtown headquarters in Oakland.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. And, according to the American Red Cross, only five percent of the eligible U.S. population gives.

All donors will receive a coupon for a free appetizer at Mimi's Cafe and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a family dinner at La Pinata Mexican Restaurants!*

Just look for the American Red Cross Bus. The blood drive will be Thursday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1600 Franklin Street, at the AC Transit Corporate Offices. Call Kendra Taylor at (510) 891-4804 or go to HelpSaveALife.org/NC (Sponsor Code: ACTRANSIT) to schedule your appointment. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Blood will be donated using the Alyx system.

*$60 gift card - non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Identification is required.

Photo courtesy of Vampire Diaries.

Alameda residents attend Community Workshop


Cory LaVigne gives an overview of AC Transit's Service Adjustment Plan in Alameda.

Every wonder why the Line 51 AC Transit bus leaving Alameda is so packed?

Because Alamedans love transit. And over one hundred Alamedans packed the AC Transit Community Workshop held Saturday, August 12 at the Independence Plaza Center on the island. In fact, the fire marshall and Alameda Police had to be called due to the size of the crowd.

After receiving an overview of AC Transit's financial situation and the Service Adjustment Plan, Alameda riders were able to meet one-on-one with AC Transit planning staff.

AC Transit hosts four more Community Workshops this week. Next week, the AC Transit Board of Directors will host the first of two public hearings to receive more input from the public. Comments from the community workshops, as well as those submitted online, via fax and via phone -- will all be put into the public hearing record.

Top photo by Flickr user size8jeans. Other photos by Marketing Manager Victoria Wake.

Monday, September 14, 2009

AC Transit service cuts

Cory LaVigne, service and operations planning manager at AC Transit, discusses proposed changes to the transit system during a public meeting held Tuesday.
Cory LaVigne, service and operations planning manager at AC Transit, discusses proposed changes to the transit system during a public meeting held Tuesday. PHOTO CREDIT: ALEXANDER RITCHIE/The Daily Cal

AC Transit hosted a Community Workshop in Berkeley Sept. 8 to give the public an opportunity to comment on AC Transit's proposed adjustment plan.

In addition to the 40 plus community members in attendance, staff of The Daily California -- UC Berkeley's student newspaper -- documented the event.

Below is a video with riders -- including the Poet Laureate of Alameda Mary Rudge and Berkeley City Council member Kris Worthington -- discussing how service cuts will affect them, produced by Daily Cal reporter Javier Panzar.


AC Transit service cuts

The public is encouraged to give your input at our remaining Community Workshops this week. You can also comment on AC Transit's Proposed Service Adjustment Plan online.

Video courtesy of Javier Panzar/The Daily Cal.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

AC Transit to hold four more community workshops

AC Transit hosted four community workshops this month to get public input on AC Transit's proposed Service Adjustment Plan.

AC Transit will hold one more week of community workshops to present its proposed Service Adjustments Plan and gather feedback from the public.
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
California School for the Blind Theater
500 Walnut Avenue, Fremont
Take the bus: Lines 99, 215, 217
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center
3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201 OaklandTake the bus: Lines 1,1R, 14, 40, 53 (also BART to Fruitvale)
Thursday, September 17, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bayfair Center Community Room
East 14th Street & Fairmont Drive
2nd floor (near escalator) San Leandro
Take the bus: Lines 1, 1R, 84, 93, 99 (also BART to Bay Fair)
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hayward City Hall
777 B Street, Room 2A, Hayward
Take the bus: Lines 80, 81, 83, 84, 86, 91, 92, 93, 95, 99, M (Also BART to Hayward)

All locations are accessible by wheelchair. On-site or nearby parking is available at all locations.

Background
Like all levels of government, many businesses, industry and households, AC Transit is faced with difficult financial times. Rising costs and an unprecedented loss of revenue is forcing AC Transit to make some hard decisions to resolve a projected $57 million deficit.

The bulk of this budget gap is the direct result of catastrophic cuts in state funding and a devastating decline in sales-tax revenue due to the souring economy.

Community Input Workshops
In May, AC Transit conducted a series of workshops specifically to talk with the public about service options and features, learning what each community considered to be important. The public responses were many and became key elements in what was ultimately crafted as the Service Adjustments Plan.

Public Comment
AC Transit will hold the community workshops in September, throughout Alameda County and West Contra Costa County to present our proposed Service Adjustments Plan. We want your feedback.

Following the community workshops, the AC Transit Board of Directors will hold two public hearings in late September. Later, probably in October, the Board will make its final decision on the service adjustments, taking into consideration public comments received. The Board could accept, modify, reject, or defer each of the proposed changes. If service adjustments are adopted, they likely would be implemented in January 2010.

Maps and descriptions of the proposed Service Adjustment Plan will be available for public review and comment at our website, AC Transit.org. See FAQ on Service Adjustments Plan for more information on AC Transit's financial situation and the development of the plan.

Follow AC Transit on Twitter to get updates on other Community Workshops. Also, see detailed maps with information on our website.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Transbay Terminal Ticket Office Closing

The AC Transit ticket office at the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco will close permanently on September 18.

Passengers who have been adding value to their TransLink cards at the transbay ticket office window will have a variety of options for reloading value onto their cards:
  • At either of two Add Value Machines (AVM) located in the Terminal near the ticket office;

  • By setting up Autoload online, which securely transfers money to your card and ensures it always has value on it;

  • Online at www.translink.org;

  • By calling the TransLink Customer Service Center at 877-878-8883; or

  • At any TransLink retail location throughout the Bay Area. Find a complete list at www.translink.org/retail.

Passengers who receive their employer-provided transit benefits in the form of a paper voucher should, after September 18, visit a TransLink retail location to have the value of the voucher added to their TransLink card.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Community Workshop Presentation

In order to help solve a $57 million budget shortfall due to rising costs and a devastating loss of revenue, AC Transit is hosting a series of Community Workshops to get input on its Service Adjustments Plan.

Attendees will get an overview of the district's situation, and have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with planners to express any concerns. Below is the presentation, by Cory LaVigne, service and operations transportation planning manager, that will be shared at the community workshops.

Attend one of our eight workshops, or comment online about the AC Transit Service Adjustment Plan.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

AC Transit to hold first Community Workshops

AC Transit will host four community workshops this week to get public input on AC Transit's proposed Service Adjustment Plan.

AC Transit will hold one more week of community workshops to present its proposed Service Adjustments Plan and gather feedback from the public.
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley
Take the bus: Lines 51, 52L, 79, FS
Thursday, September 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Maple Hall
13831 San Pablo Avenue, #4, San Pablo
Take the bus: Lines 72, 72R, 76, L
Saturday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
AC Transit General Offices
1600 Franklin Street,2nd Floor Board Room, Oakland
Take the bus: All lines serving downtown Oakland (also BART to 19th Street)
Saturday, September 12, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Independence Plaza
Ruth Rambeau Community Room
703 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda
Take the bus: Lines 51, 63, O

All locations are accessible by wheelchair. On-site or nearby parking is available at all locations.

Background
Like all levels of government, many businesses, industry and households, AC Transit is faced with difficult financial times. Rising costs and an unprecedented loss of revenue is forcing AC Transit to make some hard decisions to resolve a projected $57 million deficit.

The bulk of this budget gap is the direct result of catastrophic cuts in state funding and a devastating decline in sales-tax revenue due to the souring economy.

Community Input Workshops
In May, AC Transit conducted a series of workshops specifically to talk with the public about service options and features, learning what each community considered to be important. The public responses were many and became key elements in what was ultimately crafted as the Service Adjustments Plan.

Public Comment
AC Transit will hold the community workshops in September, throughout Alameda County and West Contra Costa County to present our proposed Service Adjustments Plan. We want your feedback.

Following the community workshops, the AC Transit Board of Directors will hold two public hearings in late September. Later, probably in October, the Board will make its final decision on the service adjustments, taking into consideration public comments received. The Board could accept, modify, reject, or defer each of the proposed changes. If service adjustments are adopted, they likely would be implemented in January 2010.

Maps and descriptions of the proposed Service Adjustment Plan are available for public review and comment at our website, AC Transit.org. See FAQ on Service Adjustments Plan for more information on AC Transit's financial situation and the development of the plan.

Follow AC Transit on Twitter to get updates on other Community Workshops. Also, see detailed maps with information on our website.

Friday, September 4, 2009

AC Transit Line 14 bus stop at Burning Man?



Most folks know that AC Transit has served the East Bay for 49 years. With over 100 bus lines serving over 230,000 riders per day, what most folks don't know is that AC Transit Line 14 is now going to Black Rock City, Nevada.

That's right*...well, one would think so after seeing the photo above. Looks like some trickster took a bus stop pole and flag with them to this year's Burning Man Festival (hopefully it's not your bus stop). But seeing how convenient AC Transit can be, it's understandable. Besides, AC Transit would be way more comfortable than riding in the back of a Budget Rent-a-Truck or that purple dry-docked boat.

Seriously, Line 14 is one of a number of bus lines being changed under AC Transit's Proposed Service Changes. AC Transit will host eight (8) Community Workshops -- to get the public's input on the proposed changes -- beginning next week; however, you can see maps of the proposed changes and comment online today.

Learn more about Burning Man and check out the festival's website.

Photo Credit: Flickr user Matt Dork.

*Disclaimer: Line 14 serves West Oakland, Downtown Oakland and near East Oakland, not Nevada :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mary King receives Lifetime Achievement Award

AC Transit Assistant GM Mary King and Board President Rocky Fernandez
AC Transit Assistant GM Mary King and Board President Rocky Fernandez.

AC Transit Assistant General Manager Mary King was recently honored by the Northern California Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) at its 5th Annual Industry Awards and Recognition Reception.

King recieved the COMTO Lifetime Achivement Award.

AC Transit Assistant GM Mary King's Lifetime Achievement Award from COMTOKing expressed her appreciated for the awards and reflected on her governance experiences in Transportation and Land Use.

King also thanked the AC Transit Board of Directors in attendance for sponsoring the COMTO event at the Sharon Banks level. Sharon D. Banks was the General Manager of AC Transit from 1991 to 1999.

"And thanks to Sharon Banks for allowing me to stand on her shoulders and," King said," on an almost daily basis providing the wind beneath my wings at AC Transit."

King came to AC Transit in 2004, but previously served as an Alameda County Supervisor from 1989 to 2001. She also served on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Alameda County Transportation Authority, and she chaired the Bay Bridge Design Task Force.

The annual COMTO event raised more than $30,000 for the COMTO scholarship program for college students living or attending college in the Bay Area.

COMTO LogoCOMTO Northern California Chapter President Lee Davis said "Our annual event forwards COMTO's mission--to promote minority businesses and recognize invididuals and organizations that advance minorities in transportation."

COMTO is a national organization with 39 chapters. COMTO's vision "is to provide full access to employment, career and contract opportunities for minorities within the transportation industry" according to its website.

King also gave special recognition to former AC Transit External Affairs Representative and COMTO member Beverly Greene, who nominated her for the award.

"Thanks to all of you with COMTO who helped me to be in the position to even be considered for this award," King said,"for your incredible efforts on behalf of the organization the scholarship program and minorities in transportation and in need of transportation."

Learn more about the national COMTO organization or its NorCal Chapter.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sights and Sounds of AC Transit (9/2/09)

This week, on AC Transit: Half moon, anarchists and Hello Kitty, and traffic jam.

AC Transit riders are fresh, or as the youth say; AC Transit riders "Go!" And whether they are going to school, work, or to play, our riders have some interesting experiences and fascinating observations.

We will update our blog with the “Sights and Sounds of AC Transit” each week, compiled using Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site that lets users tell their friends what they’re doing using short messages called “tweets.”

If you want to share your observations, tag your Tweets with the hashtag #actransit or you can email your photos to Ride AC Transit.



Sunday, August 30, 2009
There is a homeless man with a pet rat on my bus. I repeat, homelessman with a pet rat ON MY BUS. http://twitter.com/marcus_leung/statuses/3595797599

Saturday, August 29, 2009
compliments from bus drivers are priceless and should be treasured like rare jewels
http://twitter.com/kibird/statuses/3550251954

Friday, August 28, 2009
Traffic jam?!! I can run faster than the bus i'm on. URGH.
http://twitter.com/w1ckedgeekf/statuses/3577248894

Thursday, August 27, 2009
On the bus to my first day of classes. :)
http://twitter.com/direpoetics/statuses/3586299150

Wisdom of the crowds at work-passengers giving detailed directions to the new bus driver!
http://twitter.com/ruchikc/statuses/3581990142

Wow bad traffic for a Thursday morning. Good thing I took the bus!http://twitter.com/chrisPurcell/statuses/3582269632

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
local bus ride through Oakland is always very humbling. I should do this more often.
http://twitter.com/oviroa/statuses/3596912499

Ooh. We havea half moon. I'm waiting for the bus and appreciating the beauty :)
http://twitter.com/Axusus/statuses/3596266581

Got to bus stop to find I do not have my purse on me. No purse no wallet. No wallet no bus pass. No pass no ride
http://twitter.com/c_death/statuses/3556794408

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
On the bus. Two girls are giggling about doctor who and how dreamy david tennant is. It makes me chuckle. :)
http://twitter.com/SquirrelMaster/statuses/3569411818

Got 150 petitions today for better public transit...! Lots of snow cones were had.
http://twitter.com/berkeleycalpirg/statuses/3566647184

First ride on public transit.... So far so good.
http://twitter.com/musiclikemercy/statuses/3564263782

Monday, August 24, 2009
Is he really brushing his hair @ the bus stop? Trying to get them seasick...
http://twitter.com/Cool_Breeze79/statuses/3572052922

Anarchist tattoo + pink Hello Kitty mini backpack = brotha on the bus
http://twitter.com/HoTacha/statuses/3567614694

Based on the size and qty of windows in AC Transit's Van Hool buses, I can only assume Belgians don't sweat.
http://twitter.com/kukkurovaca/statuses/3546202003



Check out last week's installment of "Sights and Sounds". Enjoy!

Above photo of AC Transit Scraper Bike, by Flickr user Blue Cinema.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

AC Transit discontinues supplemental service to Cal Bears Football games

Cal logo, AC Transit

For more than 30 years, AC Transit has supplemented its regular Line 51 service in Berkeley on Cal Bears football game days to accomodate thousands of additional riders traveling from Rockridge BART, Third and University, and downtown Berkeley to Memorial Stadium. The cost of providing this additional service has been more than $200,00 per season (beyond the fares collected by AC Transit.)

In this troubling year of economic recession, AC Transit has been severly impacted by a projected deficit of $57 million, resulting from cuts in the California state budget and significant reductions in sales and property tax receipts. Consequently, without a full subsidy from UC Berkeley, AC Transit has no alternative but to discontinue its supplemental game day service as part of its overall service reductions and cost-cutting efforts.

UC Berkeley has hired a private bus operator to provide services to CAL football game. Details of the private shuttle service on home-game days can be found at CalBearsBus.com or CalBears.com