As part of its ongoing campaign to give passengers A Better Ride, AC Transit has refitted all of its buses with a state-of-the art fare collection system that makes boardings quicker, less confusing and much easier to tally.
For the second year in a row, AC Transit is experiencing a boom in ridership, with its transbay lines showing particularly remarkable increases in passengers — including a 37.3 percent ridership jump on one line.
The transbay bus commute to San Francisco has now become smoother and more luxurious with the purchase of 54 state-of-the- art commuter-style coaches — the first 16 of which will begin service Nov. 8 with free Wi-Fi and comfy high-back seats.
Hoping to avert a strike by its bus operators and mechanics, the AC Transit Board of Directors wants Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a 60-day cooling off period to eliminate any chance of a walkout by AC Transit employees later this week.
With new schedules and an expansion of service, ridership for the Dumbarton Express Bus lines reached an all time high in August 2013, soaring to 15 percent above the annual ridership calculated in August 2012.
AC Transit management and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 (ATU), which represents the agency’s bus operators and mechanics, have tentatively agreed to terms of a new labor contract for the 1,625 bus operators and mechanics.