Overview: Fremont/Newark Proposed Improvements
Update 8/1/15: The deadline for providing comments on this round of proposal development has passed. Thank you to all who provided input. AC Transit planning staff will review comments received and make adjustments to proposals where feasible and appropriate. Final recommendations will be available for public review and comment this fall, with an anticipated public hearing before the AC Transit Board of Directors in November.
Southern Alameda County in AC Transit’s service area is defined as Fremont and Newark and is also known as Special District Two because the area has a separate return-to-source revenue structure that ensures the service area receives 11.67 percent of District revenue to operate service.
AC Transit proposes the following improvements to be made with the set operating revenues dedicated to South County.
- Significantly overhaul the existing infrequent network.
- Develop some key north-south and east-west high-frequency corridors that will operate at frequencies of 30 minutes or better.
- Serve the remaining gaps in service with Flex Service, which is a demand-response based transit service model for low density areas. Under Flex Service, passengers will be able to schedule a bus trip in advance to travel anywhere within a defined zone. AC Transit will establish several zones to cover the entire area. In the fall of 2015, AC Transit will test the feasibility of Flex Service though a pilot program that will complement Line 275 in the City of Newark.
With the exception of lines 99 (Mission Boulevard) and 210 (Fremont Boulevard), today’s service in South County is infrequent, carries fewer passengers, and is less productive than the AC Transit average. Despite the dedicated revenue stream, South County only carries six percent of the District’s ridership. This is partially due to the fact that a majority of the routes in South County operate at 45 minute or hourly frequencies with different routes operating on weekends versus weekdays. In addition, the planning area is primarily suburban with low residential densities, dispersed jobs and lack of a central business district.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of improvements to frequency in this area. As you can see, there is significantly more frequent service and less infrequent service:
Here are the specific route-by-route service improvement recommendations with links to individual route profiles and a comment card where you can provide feedback:
NOTE: The route numbers are for planning purposes only and AC Transit will develop a more conventional numbering system during the implementation process.
|Proposal||New Route||Peak||Base||Start||End||Reason for change|
|97||Terminate at Union Landing and increase frequency to 15 minutes all day.||M1 Hesperian||15 (20)||15 (20)||6am||12am||Shortening route will improve on-time performance and reliability and allows reinvestment of hours into 15-minute all day service, plus more frequent service in south Hayward on proposals L4 and L11. Overlapping L4 and L11 maintains 15-minute service on Alvarado-Niles between Union Landing and Union City BART.|
|99||Split route. Extend northern section from Hayward BART to 104th Ave in Oakland. Terminate southern section at Union City BART. Service on Decoto and Fremont Blvd covered by L8. Service on Walnut in Fremont covered by L1.||M3 E 14th St||15||15 (20)||5am||12am||Shortening route will improve reliability and on-time performance. Eliminating travel time through the Hayward Loop allows extra running time to be reinvested to increase frequency. Hayward BART and Union City BART have lowest through passengers and so are logical points to split route due to least impact to passengers. Northern extension provides frequent 15-minute service from Hayward through San Leandro to Oakland border and transfer opportunity to International Blvd BRT.|
|M2 Mission Blvd||20||20 (30)||5am||12am|
|L8 Fremont/Warm Springs Blvd||20||20 (30)||6am||12am|
|L1 Niles/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||8pm|
|200||Serve Decoto Rd between Union City BART and Fremont Blvd with new 20-minute service (L8). Realign service from Decoto to Paseo Padre between Fremont Blvd and Ardenwood PNR, and continue on Newark, Central, and Cedar to Newpark Mall with new 20-minute service (L7). Serve Mowry Ave with 15-minute service (overlapping L1 and L12).||L8 Fremont/Warm Springs Blvd||20||20 (30)||6am||12am||Split Line 200 to create frequent grid of service on Paseo Padre, Newark Blvd, Fremont Blvd, and Mowry Ave. Increase, service from hourly to 20 minutes on Paseo Padre, from 30 minutes to 15 minutes on Mowry Ave (through overlapping L1 and L12), and from 30 minutes to 20 minutes on Newark Blvd and Cedar Blvd. All current bus stops not covered by one of the proposed lines will have demand responsive flex service.|
|L7 Paseo Padre/Newark||20||20 (30)||6am||11pm|
|L1 Niles/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||8pm|
|L12 Mission/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||12am|
|212||Realigned on Mowry Ave from Fremont BART to Pacific Commons. Portions of Fremont Blvd segment covered by L8. All other stops served by demand responsive flex service.||L12 Mission/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||12am||Routing preserves Fremont BART connection to Pacific Commons. Overlap with L1 provides frequent 15-minute service on Mowry Ave between Fremont BART, Newpark Mall, and portions of Cedar Blvd.|
|215||Route replaced with demand responsive flex service running from Warm Springs BART station to employment centers and other areas in the Warm Springs District||C2 Mission-Irvington Flex||30||30||6am||8pm||Reinvesting Line 215 service hours into flex service will enable 30 minute headways from Warm Springs BART station to stops in the Warm Springs District.|
|C5 Warm Springs Flex||30||30||6am||8pm|
|216||Realign on Mowry Ave from Fremont BART to Ohlone Newark campus. Niles District service maintained while lower Niles realigned to Mission Blvd. All other stops served by demand responsive flex service.||L1 Niles/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||8pm||Combining most productive segments of Mission Blvd and Niles Blvd allows for increased frequency to 30 minutes. Routing preserves Fremont BART connection to Ohlone Newark campus. Overlap with L1 provides frequent 15-minute service on Mowry Ave between Fremont BART, Newpark Mall, and portions of Cedar Blvd.|
|217||Extend from Fremont BART on Mowry Ave to Newpark Mall and Pacific Commons. Serve segment on Mission Blvd from Ohlone Fremont to Warm Springs Blvd with demand responsive flex service. Warm Springs Blvd served by L8. Service to Great Mall discontinued.||L12 Mission/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||12am||Routing preserves Ohlone Fremont to Fremont BART connection with extension to central Fremont, Newpark Mall, and Pacific Commons. Overlap with L1 provides frequent 15-minute service on Mowry Ave between Fremont BART, Newpark Mall, and portions of Cedar Blvd. Mission Blvd south of Ohlone discontinued due to very low ridership; however, all stops maintain service through flex service.|
|L8 Fremont/Warm Springs Blvd||20||20 (30)||6am||12am||Shortening of Great Mall segment allows service hours to be reinvested in more frequent 20 minute route connecting Warm Springs, Irvington, and Centerville Districts, and the Warm Springs and Union City BART stations. VTA provides frequent service to Great Mall at convenient transfer point at Dixon Landing end of line.|
|232||Segment from Decoto to Newpark Mall increased from hourly to 20 minute service, with realignment on Newark Blvd between Lido Faire and Central (L7). Mission Blvd segment between Union City BART and Fremont BART increased from hourly to 30 minute service, with realignment on Niles in Niles District (L1). All other stops covered by demand responsive flex service.||L7 Paseo Padre/Newark||20||20 (30)||6am||11pm||Concentrating service on Newark Blvd allows hours to be reinvested in frequent service from Union City BART to Newpark Mall. Combining most productive segments of Mission Blvd and Niles Blvd allows for increased frequency to 30 minutes.|
|L1 Niles/Mowry||30||30 (40)||6am||8pm|
|239||Service through Irvington and Warm Springs Districts increased from hourly to 20 minutes and connected to Fremont Blvd and Union City BART.||L8 Fremont/Warm Springs Blvd||20||20 (30)||6am||12am||Proposal creates a frequent north-south line from Warm Springs Blvd and Dixon Landing in the south to Warm Springs BART, Irvington District, central Fremont, and Union City BART in the north. Service on South Grimmer and Mission Blvd covered by demand responsive flex service.|
|251||All Line 251 stops covered by demand responsive flex service.||C4 Newark Flex||30||30||6am||8pm||Line 251 is a very low ridership hourly route. Converting to flex service will allow passengers to schedule on demand trips at greater frequency. Service hours reinvested into creating high frequency grid of service on Fremont Blvd, Paseo Padre, Newark Blvd, and Mowry Ave with convenient transfer points at Newpark Mall, Ardenwood PNR, Union City BART, and Fremont BART.|
|C1 Niles-Centerville Flex||30||30||6am||8pm|
|275||All Line 275 stops on Thornton Blvd and in Newark covered by demand responsive flex service.||C4 Newark Flex||30||30||6am||8pm||Line 275 is a very low ridership 45 minute route. Converting to flex service will allow passengers to schedule on demand trips at greater frequency. Service hours reinvested into creating high frequency grid of service on Fremont Blvd, Paseo Padre, Newark Blvd, and Mowry Ave with convenient transfer points at Newpark Mall and Ardenwood PNR.|
NOTE: AC Transit will not implement the proposed service changes for Fremont and Newark until after the completion and evaluation of the Newark Flex Service pilot project, which is currently scheduled to run from August 2015 to August 2016.