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'AC Go' Largest Service Expansion in Agency's History

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in Oakland, CA, introduced the first phase of its “AC Go” service expansion plan on June 26, marking the beginning of the most significant expansion of service in its history representing an overall service increase of almost 14 percent when it is complete.

The agency designed the service overhaul—which includes new vehicles, redesigned routes and more frequent service—to put more buses on the streets of the 22 cities and unincorporated areas it serves daily.

“The service improvements slated for June will primarily focus on improving bus frequency and the length of our operating day,” said AC Transit Board President H.E. Christian Peeples. “To affect AC Go’s sweeping service enhancement, our transit planners paid particular attention to AC Transit’s longest bus routes, which transport our largest number of riders.”

Among other service changes, the agency redesigned four lines to improve connections to San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) stations and increased the frequency of service to BART stations on four additional lines.

“Having more transit options serving our stations is great for the region,” BART Director Rebecca Saltzman said of the service change. “We can’t add more parking at BART, so making the connection between bus and BART as seamless and frequent as possible will help make it easier for our riders to leave their cars at home.”

To accommodate future phases of AC Go’s expansion, the agency is preparing to introduce 96 buses during the current fiscal year, including 25 diesel-electric hybrid buses from Gillig scheduled to begin service by August.

AC Transit is also investing in 10 fuel cell buses and five battery-electric buses, all from New Flyer, to enter service in either late 2017 or early 2018, as well as 29 60-foot articulated buses, 10 double-deck buses and 10 40-foot buses to begin service late next year.
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