Fresh bus cuts planned
Alameda’s bus commuters should be prepared for fresh service reductions from AC Transit, which is facing a $56 million budget deficit through June 2011.
The proposal comes on the heels of an 8 percent service reduction that went into effect in late March.
The options presented could include elimination of weekend service on the O, 21 and 31 lines; elimination of night service on the 851 line and reduction of night service on the O and 20 lines; or service reductions that could include fewer peak-hour buses on the 51A line, weekend service on the 31 line that ends in Oakland instead of Emeryville, and shorter hours for the 21 line (which would no longer travel down Robert Davey Jr. Drive but would again bring passengers to Oakland International Airport).
AC Transit could implement any of the options, or any combination of the options being offered. The agency is seeking to save roughly $11.5 million through service reductions.
Anyone interested in commenting on the proposed changes (they’re summarized well here) can attend a special meeting the city and the AC Transit Interagency Liaison Committee is holding at 10 a.m. May 12 on the 10th floor of AC Transit’s HQ, at 1600 Franklin Street. Mayor Beverly Johnson, City Councilman Frank Matarrese and AC Transit Board members Elsa Ortiz and Joel Young are expected to attend the meeting.
AC Transit’s board is expected to vote on the proposed reductions on May 26.