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AC Transit to cut service again on Sunday

Back-to-back schedule reductions to save agency $21 million

Part two of a planned 15 percent reduction in bus service will take effect on Sunday when AC Transit adjusts service on nearly 70 bus lines.

This time the reductions will chiefly affect frequency of service and the number hours buses that will operate each day.

The changes, approved by AC Transit's Board of Directors in June, will reduce service by 7.2 percent for an annual savings of $11.4 million. They follow a 7.8 percent service reduction in March that is expected to yield about $10 million in savings annually.

The cuts are the latest of several steps taken by AC Transit to cope with the financial challenges facing the agency. The service reduction plan—with adjustments affecting all communities from San Pablo to Fremont—was developed with the intention of keeping service viable throughout the service area.

Significant changes include:

* Reducing frequency on 28 lines

* Starting service later in the morning and/or ending earlier in the evening on 18 lines

* Eliminating or operating shorter routes on weekends on four lines

* Reconfiguring service in some areas, including West Oakland/Emeryville, Lakeshore Ave./Grand Ave. in Oakland, Bay Farm Island in Alameda, and San Leandro

* Discontinuing service to Orinda BART and along Broadway Terrace in Oakland

* Adding extensions to two lines to replace limited service in Piedmont, and service between Alameda and the Oakland Airport

For a more complete description of the upcoming changes, sign on to AC Transit's website at www.actransit.org or phone 511 and say " AC Transit" for scheduling information.

--Jeb Bing

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