Bus

AC Transit carries thousands of extra riders during BART strike

Posted on July 2, 2013

Photo courtesy lensovet, Wikimedia Commons.
Photo courtesy lensovet, Wikimedia Commons.

AC Transit buses rolled at peak capacity in the immediate aftermath of the labor dispute that has shut down the Bay Area Rapid Transit Districts’ (BART) normal train operations.

In response to the BART walkout, dozens of AC Transit staff volunteered to arrive early at key BART stations where they assisted in crowd control and provided directions to passengers who might be unfamiliar with bus operations.  

To further manage the unusually high volume of riders, the agency deployed its 60-foot articulated buses onto its heaviest passenger lines, most notably its Transbay service which carried standing-room only loads into San Francisco. Additionally, extra service was added to augment Transbay trips from downtown Oakland into San Francisco.

AC Transit operators made 99% of their schedule runs without a hitch despite uncommonly long lines of riders at bus stops and having to maneuver packed coaches through heavily congested roadways. By 9:30 a.m. all passengers — thousands of them — were cleared from a bottleneck in downtown Oakland.

“Our operators did a magnificent job under some stressful conditions that will likely persist until BART returns to its normal service,” said AC Transit General Manager David Armijo. “The operators and the staff volunteers are commended for stepping up at a time when their services were so badly needed.”

Meanwhile, the talks between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 and AC Transit management will continue in an effort to reach a labor agreement with the agency’s bus operators and mechanics.  The contract expired midnight Sunday. The ongoing talks will allow AC Transit to continue to provide a high level of service, and marks a clear victory for bus riders.

RELATED: "Key to Managing Workplace Issues – Communication."

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

BYD zero-emission buses used to transport 2015 World Games athletes

Both the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach have opted to purchase 100% battery-electric transit buses from BYD Motors in each of their latest procurements.

BusCon 2015 to offer perspective on the bus industry’s fastest growing customer base

This event offers one location where anyone involved with buses, including public transit and private companies, can meet to build business connections, learn from successful leaders in the field and discover new solutions to the everyday challenges they face.

CHK America completes first tier of GRTC bus stop signage improvements

Tier One modernizes 300 stops along two of GRTC’s busiest routes with each stop receiving upgrades that include new flags with clearly visible route and bus stop numbers as well as eye-level, easy-to-use printed schedule and map information.

Transit management expert to inspire at BusCon 2015 keynote address

The keynote address, “Driving Excellence” will be delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. by Mark Aesch, CEO of TransPro, a management consultancy that guides transit systems.

Port Authority to realign gates at NYC bus terminal

The changes are aimed at improving bus operations and reducing congestion in the terminal that can stretch back out into the inbound Lincoln Tunnel and beyond.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close