22 Facts About AC Transit


AC Transit is an Oakland-based public transit agency serving the western portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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AC Transit operates "Transbay" routes across San Francisco Bay to San Francisco and selected areas in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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AC Transit is constituted as a special district under California law.

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AC Transit serves many colleges and universities including the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; California State University, East Bay; Chabot College; Holy Names University; Peralta Colleges, Contra Costa College; Ohlone College; Northwestern Polytechnic University; and Mills College.

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AC Transit routes connect with several other regional transit services, including Union City Transit, SamTrans, WestCAT, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), Golden Gate Transit, the Alameda-Oakland Ferry, the Harbor Bay Ferry, Emery Go Round, SolTrans and FAST.

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AC Transit had provided 24-hour service on many of its trunk lines prior to this date, except in the late 1990s due to budget limitations.

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On December 13, 2013, AC Transit adopted a new fare policy that brought changes to the transit system July 2014, including a new day pass that is in line with other transit agencies including VTA and SamTrans.

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At its inception, AC Transit purchased the mixed White, Mack, and GM "old-look" bus fleet from its predecessor, the Key System.

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AC Transit would continue to operate a mixed fleet of buses throughout the 1960s.

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AC Transit pioneered the use of articulated buses in the United States; in March 1966 it was the first transit agency to use the Super Golden Eagle long-distance coach, primarily on Transbay service.

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Since the early 1980s, AC Transit began acquiring buses from Flyer, Neoplan, and Gillig.

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Around this time, AC Transit began ordering new buses in a "stripe" color scheme, featuring the same orange, teal, and white colors as the previous "clownface" livery.

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AC Transit supplemented these buses with a fleet of 45-foot over-the-road coaches purchased from Motor Coach Industries beginning in the early 2000s.

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The Van Hool buses were assembled in Belgium and featured low floors and three doors, which AC Transit touted as the key to bus rapid transit service between Berkeley and San Leandro along Shattuck, Telegraph, International Blvd, and East 14th Street.

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All AC Transit buses are wheelchair accessible and have front-mounted bicycle racks.

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AC Transit buses purchased after 2007 have air conditioning, as approved by the Board of Directors.

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AC Transit is the lead agency of Zero Emission Bay Area, a consortium of five Bay Area transit agencies (AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, SFMTA, SamTrans, and VTA) demonstrating fuel cell buses.

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AC Transit took delivery of 12 additional third-generation fuel cell buses, based on the Van Hool A300L in 2011.

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In 2019, AC Transit began operating 11 additional hydrogen fuel cell buses from New Flyer, one of which is a 60-foot articulated bus, and 5 battery electric buses from New Flyer.

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AC Transit is funded with a mix of federal, state, and local government subsidies, as well as passenger fares.

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AC Transit is not party to the lawsuit, and the court sided with MTC in 2009.

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AC Transit offers wireless internet on many buses that serve Transbay lines.

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