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History of AC Transit and East Bay Public Transportation

Retro Bus Operator


Voters create Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Key System 960 x 640 pixels


Voters pass a $16.5 million bond to take over the privately held Key Systems Transit Line

1960 bus lineup - 960x485 pixels


AC Transit service begins

1971 - 1972

AC Trainsit converts and trials a steam powered bus after being awarded a grant in 1969

2004 fuel cell bus 850 x 550 pixel


Launched the HyRoad program based on hydrogen refueling system

72R 850 x 550 pixels


Introduced a "rapid bus" line on San Pablo (72R)

3rd generation Van Hool fuel cell (photo 2) 960 x 640 pixels

2006 - 2010

Operated revenue service with three Van hool A330 hydrogen powered buses

Solar installation at D4 960 x 640 pixels


AC Transit enters into a 25-year partnership with SunPower, MMA Renewable Ventures, and PG&E to install solar energy systems at its facilities in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, improve local air quality, and save money on energy costs.

3rd generation Van Hool fuel cell 960 x 640 pixels


The District adds 12 third-generation Van Hool A300L fuel cell buses

BRT groundbreaking 850 x 550 pixels


Construction begins for AC Transit's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system

ZEBS 850 x 550 pixels


The District adds 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses and 5 battery electric buses from New Flyer