AC Transit hearings on service reductions

May 5, 2009 6:51:14 AM PDT
The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District will hold a series of five public forums in the next two weeks to talk about the bus agency's fiscal emergency and solicit public input on service reductions.

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The district says it has suffered a steady decline in revenues from sales taxes and it will be losing another $100 million because of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to eliminate State Transit Assistance funding for the next five years.

AC Transit says it faces a deficit of as much as $57 million by the end of the 2010 fiscal year and to cope with the shortfall it must reduce its service by at least 15 percent.

District officials say the purpose of the workshops is to hear bus riders and the community at large discuss the best way to reduce service while preserving service for as many people as possible.

The first workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday on the second floor of the Bayfair Center at East 14th Street and Fairmont Drive in San Leandro.

There also will be a workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Newark Senior Center at 7401 Enterprise Drive in Newark.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 11 there will be a workshop at the West Berkeley Senior Center at 1900 Sixth St. in Berkeley.

On May 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be a workshop at the Maple Hall Community Center at 13831 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo. The last workshop will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 19 at AC Transit's headquarters at 1600 Franklin St. in Oakland.

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