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October 31, 2006 > All Nighter bus service

All Nighter bus service

Oakland (Oct. 25), PRNewswire_The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has allocated $1 million in voter-approved Regional Measure 2 bridge toll money to support operation of AC Transit's line #800 and line #801 late-night bus services for the next year. Both lines are part of the All Nighter bus service established earlier this year by AC Transit, San Francisco Muni, SamTrans, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection) and the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority (WHEELS).

"When Bay Area voters approved RM 2, they made it clear they want better transit options," said Richmond Mayor and MTC Commissioner Irma Anderson, referring to the 2004 ballot measure in which voters authorized a $1 hike in tolls on the region's seven state-owned toll bridges to finance a sweeping Regional Traffic Relief Plan. "I'm happy that our citizens are finally receiving the safe, convenient services they need and deserve. Night services are critical during the hours that BART is normally shut down."

AC Transit's #800 line runs between downtown San Francisco and the Richmond BART station via Oakland and Berkeley. The #801 line roughly parallels the Fremont BART line, connecting the 12th Street/Oakland City Center and Fremont BART stations via the International Boulevard corridor through Oakland, East 14th Street through San Leandro, and Mission Boulevard through Hayward, Union City and Fremont. Both lines operate about 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on weekday mornings, and from about 1 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. on Sundays. For specific route, fare and schedule information, visit the 511 Transit page at www.transit.511.org.

"The All Nighter is a great example of regional cooperation and coordination," noted San Leandro Mayor and MTC Commissioner Shelia Young. "It's a true network with timed transfers between the various bus lines and different transit systems. During the late night hours, people headed to San Leandro after a trip to San Francisco, for instance, can board a #800 bus on Market Street, and when they get to 14th and Broadway in Oakland, the #801 bus will be there within a few minutes. If they're headed out to the Tri Valley, they can transfer almost immediately to a WHEELS bus at the Bayfair BART station."

MTC has allocated more than $2.5 million in Measure 2 funds since 2004 to AC Transit and other transit agencies to operate late-night bus service. All told, Measure 2 allocations to date total more than $400 million. This includes nearly $48 million for transit operations around the Bay Area and $361 million for 28 separate capital projects.

MTC is the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area's transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency.

 
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