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AC Transit Seeks Feedback on Draft 2024 Route Proposals

AC Transit considers prioritizing busiest routes, combining and eliminating others

As AC Transit moves into Phase 3 of its “Realign” service planning effort, the transit agency is asking the public to weigh in on two potential service networks that could take effect in August 2024: “Balanced Coverage” and “Frequent Service.” Riders can also comment on a futuristic, “Unconstrained Vision” scenario that offers a tantalizing glimpse of a comprehensive, high-frequency transit network made possible by additional funding and resources.

Alameda Post - An AC transit bus
Photo Ken Der.

Like many transit agencies nationwide, AC Transit is reexamining its route network to adapt to new travel patterns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous “Realign” phases this year, the agency hosted community outreach and engagement activities across its service area—which spans major portions of western Alameda and Contra Costa Counties—and developed key principles of Equity, Frequency, and Reliability to guide the development of an updated network.

Alameda Post - a map of a proposed AC transit line
New Line 51 would offer a one-seat ride between Fruitvale BART and Downtown Berkeley, eliminating the need to transfer at Rockridge BART. University Avenue would be served by an extended Line 6. AC Transit map.

Multiple bus routes in the East Bay could see routing or schedule changes, which differ in magnitude depending on the following scenarios:



  • Balanced Coverage (B): This resource-neutral scenario maximizes the potential for ridership growth while maintaining service to as many existing locations as possible. Feedback on this scenario can shape the final August 2024 route network.
  • Frequent Service (F): This resource-neutral scenario eliminates route segments with low ridership and redistributes those resources to increasing service on routes with higher demand. Under this scenario, bus service will be provided every 30 minutes or better on weekdays. Feedback on this scenario can shape the final August 2024 route network.
  • Unconstrained Vision (U): This scenario provides a long-term vision for what the route network may look like with additional funding and resources.

Feedback on all three scenarios is encouraged, but responses to the “Balanced” and “Frequent” scenarios will be most helpful in shaping the August 2024 route network.

Alameda Post - a proposed AC transit line from Bay Farm to SF
Transbay Line W would be extended to Bay Farm Island to replace Line OX, which is proposed to be discontinued. AC Transit map.

The following table summarizes proposed route changes under the “Balanced” and “Frequent” scenarios, focusing on routes serving the City of Alameda, with links to maps and proposed frequencies. Information on proposed changes to other routes in the East Bay can be found on the “Realign” page.

Note that AC Transit has added placeholder prefixes to each line number to distinguish the scenario (i.e., Line B20 = “Balanced” Scenario Line 20, Line F20 = “Frequent” Scenario Line 20, Line U20 = “Unconstrained” Scenario Line 20).

AC Transit’s long-term “Unconstrained Vision” for Alameda includes removing transit service from Santa Clara Avenue—shifting proposed Line 51 to Lincoln Avenue and Line O to Encinal Avenue—and adding more service to the routes proposed under the “Frequent” scenario.

Alameda Post - a transit map of Alameda
AC Transit service in Alameda under the “Balanced” scenario. AC Transit map.
Alameda Post - a transit map of Alameda
AC Transit service in Alameda under the “Frequent” scenario. AC Transit map.
Alameda Post - a transit map of Alameda
AC Transit service in Alameda under the “Unconstrained” scenario. Note that “Unconstrained” Line 51, which would serve Lincoln Avenue, is missing from the map. AC Transit map.

The public can provide feedback on the proposals online at numerous community meetings and workshops this fall. The first workshop takes place on Wednesday, November 1. AC Transit will also present the plans to the City of Alameda Transportation Commission on Wednesday, November 15 and City Council on Tuesday, December 5.

Ken Der is a contributing writer for the Alameda Post. Contact him via [email protected]. His writing is collected at AlamedaPost.com/Ken-Der.

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