Transportation (News)

Ask a board member: AC Transit riders take their worries to the top

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 1:10pm

Halloween was a scary day for bus riders in the East Bay. On October 31, the beleaguered AC Transit cut more than 7% of its service. That’s after the 7.5% the agency already cut back in March. More service reductions had been planned for December, but officials announced late yesterday that they wouldn’t have to make those cuts, thanks to a new agreement with the drivers union. But don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet – even more cuts might be on the way next year.

These constant changes and threats of cuts are creating a lot of tension ­– riders feel like they’re being ignored, while officials say they have no choice but to balance the budget, even if that means less service.

KALW’S Casey Miner tries to bridge the communication gap and brings us this report.

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RUTH: My name is Ruth, I take the 49 bus from 9th and Ashby up to Ashby and Telegraph. It runs once an hour each way.

ARLENA BAIN: Hi, my name is Arlena, I work for the Oakland Zoo.

SANGRIA DONELSON: My name is Sangria Donelson. This is my first form of transportation. I ride the bus all day, every day.

MARLON HOLLIS: My name is Marlon. I ride the bus basically every day.

Join Us to Stop the Transit Cuts and Ask Elected Leaders to Join the Fight

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 2:45pm


Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00 pm
1 FRANK H OGAWA PLAZA, (14th and Broadway)

Celebrating its silver anniversary, AC Transit sputters to the half-century mark

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 2:36pm

Despite turning 50 years old this month, AC Transit is hardly in a celebratory mood.

The bus agency - a lifeline for many Oaklanders - is wilting under continuous service cuts, worker layoffs, rider dissatisfaction, labor issues and low morale.

And riders must now brace themselves for even further cuts as the agency is set to deliver a one-two combination of service cuts ... with more likely to follow in 2011.

It’s a bleak way to start a silver anniversary.


Fed Funds to Bolster Bay Area Transit

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 12:08pm

Bay Area transit agencies are about to get tens of millions of dollars more to maintain and replace their aging fleets of vehicles, the federal Department of Transportation announced today.

The grants, part of a $776 million outlay to 152 projects nationwide, announced in a national conference call by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Agency head Peter Rogoff.

"This means that transit providers can finally make many of the repairs they have been putting off," LaHood said.

AC Transit board votes to cutback weekend service

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 11:43am

OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- Serious cuts are coming for public transit in the East Bay. AC Transit board members hammered out a plan Wednesday night, despite protest from those who rely on the busses. In Oakland, weekend service will take a major hit.

The pleas were passionate and personal.

"How dare you cut the lifeline that I have that provides my homecare provider her way to get to work every day," said Michelle Rousey.

"This is preposterous. What am I going to do on the weekend to get to church?" said AC Transit rider Celia-Faye Russell.

Some residents tried to encourage the board to keep looking for alternate solutions.

"What I see before you is a plan for AC Transit's decline. What I don't see is a plan for how we're going to build AC Transit up and how we're going to shake those trees because there are trees where money can be found," said Lindsay Imai from Urban Habitat.

10/23 in Oakland, Justice for Oscar Grant Rally

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 10:48am
Oscar Grant Rally

When: Saturday, October 23

Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

What: Rally for justice for Oscar Grant


Oscar Grant was shot in the back by BART Policeman Johannes Mehserle while lying face down on a BART platform. Mehserle will be sentenced on November 5th and we need to get out on the 23rd to show the sentencing judge that we mean business. It took video evidence AND a massive outpouring in downtown Oakland to even get the District Attorney to charge Mehserle. It will take people in the streets to get the killer cop jailed.


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