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COMTO Chapter Honors AC Transit
Northern California Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation
Officials (COMTO) recently recognized AC Transit, Oakland, CA, as its Transit
Agency of the Year.
The chapter explained that AC
Transit received the honor because it has championed COMTO’s ideals: to provide
equal access to transportation careers and advance the transportation interests
of communities of color.
The agency recently replaced
one-third of its fleet with more than 200 new buses, added 120 employees,
introduced an internship program, and increased its Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise participation to 22 percent.
“It is particularly gratifying to be
honored for the work we are doing to improve transportation options and business
opportunities for the people in the neighborhoods we service,” said Joe
Wallace, AC Transit board vice president and Operations Committee chair. “We
are proudly improving operations at all levels, as borne out by our recent 8
percent increase in ridership. We’re moving in the right direction.”
As the third largest transit agency
in California, AC Transit has a $320 million annual budget, serves nearly
200,000 daily riders, and employs 1,750.