Posted Jan 31, 2014
Catching the Bus to Horseshoe Bay

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A bicyclist peacefully overtakes a bus loading and unloading passengers. Photo credit: Canadian Veggie
If you commute by bike or bus, the conflict is familiar: a bus will overtake a person bicycling then arrive at a stop to pick up passengers, and while the bus is momentarily stopped the person bicycling will catch up and overtake the bus.
This effectively creates an unwanted game of “leap frog” in which bicycles and buses are constantly overtaking one another, sometimes causing near collisions since it can be difficult to see a bicycle approaching on the left as the bus driver attempts to re-enter the flow of traffic. 

Posted Dec 10, 2013
72R at San Pablo Ave & 40th St

“The 72R made us look at our service in a whole new way and played an important part in the modernization of bus travel.”
– AC Transit Board Director Chris Peeples. Photo credit: AC Transit
Can you believe it? Back in June, AC Transit’s San Pablo Rapid Line – the 72R – turned 10 years old! Naturally, the milestone was celebrated (see photos here… Read the rest) and the line has many more years ahead of it.

Posted Nov 12, 2013
Gillig Suburban Inaugural 11.7.13

New AC Transit bus, the “Gillig Suburban,” offers riders free wifi. Photo credit: AC Transit
In March AC Transit began phasing in a new line of buses built by Bay Area based company Gillig to replace some of the fleet’s older models. In August, AC Transit introduced the New Flyer 60’ articulated buses, which feature 52 seats (and additional room for standing) to handle demand along its most heavily traveled routes (click here to check out the specs of the bus… Read the rest).

Posted Oct 11, 2013

BART workers may strike as early as Sunday, October 13th. Here is a comprehensive guide from multiple transit agencies and general information for getting around if there is another BART strike.

Up to date information about the pending BART strike can be found at KQED
Up to date traffic and transit info at 511 Alert

BART… Read the rest has put together a contingency plan for their limited shuttle buses departing from the following nine stations:

El Cerrito del Norte
West Oakland
Walnut Creek
San Leandro

The buses will go directly into San Francisco from 5 am to 8 am and back from a stop near the San Francisco Transbay Terminal (loading zone located at Howard Street between Fremont Street and Beale Street) from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Posted May 18, 2013

A look at the interior of AC Transit’s new Gillg buses. Click the image for additional photos of the new buses Photo credit: AC Transit
Some good news for AC Transit riders– the transit agency recently acquired 65 new buses from Hayward based Gillig! The buses started being phased in March and will be replacing some of the agency’s older buses.
What makes these buses so great? Well, a number of things, including… Read the rest:

Low-floor accessibility

Stroller and wheel-chair areas
Catalytic reduction and gas recirculation system that makes the engines of these new buses 90-percent cleaner than the buses being replaced
Low-maintenance seating
Digital display of next stops

See the below video for other improvements are on the way for AC Transit and to see some views of what these new buses look like

Video credit: AC Transit

Posted Dec 3, 2012

Whether for work, vacation, picking up or dropping off a friend – a trip to the airport is nearly as common as as trip to the market. But what is the best way to get there? Undoubtedly the simplest choice for some trips to the airport may be to drive but there’s a whole menu of transport options to choose from and consider. Let’s look at other options for getting to two of the Bay Area’s major international airports– SFO and Oakland International
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Posted Sep 18, 2012
AC Transit 1016 7-16-10 B

AC Transit, one of the Bay Area agencies that received federal funding to improve transportation. Photo credit: Paul Sullivan
In July the Bay Area received several grants from the U.S. DOT… Read the rest to improve transit.
AC Transit received $7.5 million to improve fare collection and BART received about $3 million to improve departure and arrival information.
Grants were also awarded to San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Monterey counties to replace diesel buses with fuel efficient hybrid buses.

Posted Sep 7, 2012

AC Transit is holding several Saturday youth sign-up events.  To load a discounted 31-day AC Transit Youth pass on a
Clipper card, students need a personalized Clipper youth card.  Youths, age 5-18 are eligible to sign up and must bring one of the following documents as proof of age: birth certificate or passport, medical benefit card with birth date, Sate ID or driver’s license, military dependent card with birth date, alien registration/permanent resident card, consular ID card, student ID with birth date…. Read the rest

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Things are looking bright for Bay Area transit with record high ridership, but if you really want to see a glowing view of the agencies serving the Bay, look no further.  The map below was created by deviantART user DylanofTilden.

 The Bay Area, through public transit lines. Image credit: DylanofTilden… Read the rest
According to DylanofTilden what started as an attempt to map San Francisco through public transit ballooned into the map that you see here.

Posted Jul 2, 2012

On July 4, 2012 AC Transit local and transbay lines will operate on Sunday Schedules in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
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