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By Clarence Johnson
More than 20 routes and hundreds of stops impacted
AC Transit urges bus riders to make alternative transit plans during the Oakland Running Festival on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Twenty-three bus routes will be detoured and/or delayed to accommodate an anticipated 15,000 people running through downtown Oakland and neighboring streets. The running events, including a 26-mile marathon, are scheduled from 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
AC Transit plans to restore service throughout the day at spots where runners have already passed. However, most of the service restoration will occur on streets on the edge of the race course. Service to and from downtown Oakland is expected to be completely restored late in the afternoon when the marathon race is concluded.
In the meantime, all affected routes will operate on modified detours and schedules. A temporary transit hub will be set up at 14th and Castro streets in Oakland where riders can connect to other buses or BART. A special, free shuttle bus, sponsored by Corrigan Sports, will ferry passengers from West Oakland locations to the downtown hub, running a loop every 12 minutes from the hub via West Grand Avenue to Adeline Street to 10th Street and then back to the Castro Street hub for service onto Broadway.
Anyone considering travelling to Oakland by bus on March 24 is urged to make alternative plans such as taking BART to downtown Oakland destinations and/or allow for a considerably longer journey to reach their Sunday destinations. Service during the festival is subject to change.
For the latest updates, visit www.actransit.org or call 511 and say “AC Transit.”