June 20, 2006 > Bus route changes finalized
Bus route changes finalized
by Steve Warga
On Wednesday, May 31, AC Transit directors unanimously approved a series of changes to Tri-City bus routes for District 2 riders. After implementation in August and September, the changes will significantly alter bus services for the first time in six and a half years.
When first presented for public comment on May 10, the proposed changes generated mostly positive reactions that could be summed up as, "It's about time!" However, riders of the 231 line, in particular, expressed dismay at the proposal to eliminate this line entirely.
After that meeting, Senior Transportation Planner Tony DeVito and his staff sharpened their pencils for one more session at the drawing boards. They produced two alterations which the Board approved. President Greg Harper praised DeVito and his staff for addressing "about 80 percent of the public's concerns" as expressed in testimony both written and spoken.
AC Transit District 2 riders will encounter the following changes:
- Introduction of mid-day community service routes, known as "circulars," linking destinations of interest to seniors and "transit dependents."
- Evening flex route service in Newark, between Union City BART and NewPark Mall.
- Line 99 will be extended from Union City BART to Fremont BART via Mission Blvd.
- The Indian temple on Gurdwara Road will receive expanded services and Line 217 will serve the Indian Community Center in Milpitas.
- Lines 235, 215 and 212 will encompass the Pacific Commons area if Fremont.
- Line 231 will be discontinued.
- Span of service on some cross-town routes will be reduced.
The two alterations approved Wednesday will, first, retain Line 215 service to the Warm Springs industrial area with extension to Bayside industrial area, thus addressing many of the Line 231 rider needs. Second, the new mid-day circular service will be expanded to serve both the Fremont Main Library and Fremont Family Resource Center.
Finally, the Board authorized a six month experimental period with a Line 880 "All-Nighter" connection between Bay Fair BART and Castro Valley BART. If ridership reaches certain levels during the period, AC Transit will make this service permanent.
To learn more about all AC Transit routes and services, visit www.actransit.org.