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COMTO Chapter Honors AC Transit

The 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.
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