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AC Transit considers fare increases

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 3:29pm

Four fare proposals to receive directors' attention at today's meeting AC bus riders may face fare increases

AC Transit is considering a proposal to raise its regular bus fare from $1.75 to $2 as of July 1 to cope with expected state subsidy cuts and rising operating costs.

Board members for the agency, which serves western Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, will discuss four fare-raising scenarios to raise as much as $9 million at a meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. today.


Report: Local Bus Riders Shortchanged

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:00pm
Judith Scherr

A study released Wednesday asserts that Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission funding policies maintain “separate and unequal” transit systems.

The report that can be found at www.publicadvocates.org was written by three organizations: Public Advocates, Urban Habitat, and Communities for a Better Environment.

The release of the report coincides with the 50th anniversary of the end of a year-long campaign to win integrated bus service in Montgomery, Ala.


Suit alleging bias against AC Transit riders can proceed

Submitted by Reporter on Thu, 12/21/2006 - 10:00pm
A civil rights lawsuit claiming the Metropolitan Transportation Commission discriminates against minority riders by underfunding AC Transit can proceed, a federal magistrate in San Francisco has ruled.

Getting on the bus is half the story

Submitted by Reporter on Wed, 11/30/2005 - 10:00pm
When Sylvia Darensburg started riding AC Transit buses from her East Oakland home a quarter-century ago, the fare was 50 cents and the routes linked her to other cities. Now, rides cost $1.50, routes have been shortened or abandoned, and more cuts are in the offing as the system faces shortfalls of $8 million to $10 million a year.

Photo Caption: Rush-hour riders gather at the AC Transit stop at Oakland's Broadway and 14th Street. A lawsuit claims discrimination against riders. Chronicle photo by Michael Macor

Meanwhile, Caltrain and BART and their suburbs-to-city commute lines get far higher public subsidies than AC Transit, the Bay Area's second largest bus system after San Francisco's Municipal Railway.


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