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Special meeting on bus cuts Wednesday

Submitted by on 1, July 20, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

4The city’s Transportation Commission and the Social Service Human Relations Board are having a special joint meeting at 7:40 p.m. (not 7:30, not 7:50) Wednesday to discuss AC Transit’s proposed service cuts in Alameda.

As I’ve reported already, AC Transit’s budget is circling the drain, so they need to cut service by 15 percent. Proposed cuts include slashing a portion of the Route 63 service that serves Alameda’s high schools and cutting Line 19 service on Atlantic Avenue east of Challenger Drive and Buena Vista Avenue, a service that sees more than 400 boardings a day.

Sounds like the folks over at AC Transit are considering extending other service (notably line 51) in order to help cover the areas that would lose service, but folks here are taking no chances: They’re making their case for bus service here on the Island. They say we’ve already had our service cut and that some 13 percent of the Island’s commuters travel by bus. They say 16 percent of us don’t even have access to a car.

AC Transit’s board will have more hearings on this, and they’ve got a public hearing schedule September 9 to talk about service cuts to be made district-wide. Stay tuned for more details.

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