Free transit pilot program in East Bay

June 17, 2008 9:20:15 AM PDT
The city of Berkeley and AC Transit are launching a pilot project to see how easy it is to get people out of their cars and onto mass transit. They're offering a year of free rides to nearly 2,000 East Bay residents.

On Tuesday, Berkeley's mayor is unveiling a pilot program that will give people in select communities Translink passes for a year's worth of free rides on MTC and AC Transit buses that will work on local and transbay buses. While this is something that a lot of people would like to get in on, its all in a push for transit oriented development - communities built around the theory that people who live there will take a bus instead of driving their cars.

The people getting their passes live in complexes in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Emeryville and El Cerrito. If it is deemed a success the pilot program could be expanded in the future.