New Transbay Coaches Debut
AC Transit introduces a new generation of Transbay service with the rollout of new, redesigned MCI commuter coaches.
Key features of the new coaches are:
- Better Accessibility: a low-floor area at a second door has room for two mobility devices or seating for passengers who have difficulty using stairs; the second door uses a simpler and faster ramp compared to the old MCI coaches’ lift. Additionally, the front stairs are easier to use.
- Rider improvements: brighter LED lighting, airline-style overhead rack space, rider-controlled overhead air vents, and grab bars for stability.
- Bicycle racks on front: Three-position bicycle racks are installed on the front of these coaches like all non-Tempo buses. (Cargo bays are no longer available.)
- Operational improvements: the new coaches feature faster boarding, a tighter turn radius, and compliance with California clean-air regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any special rules for riding the new MCI bus?
A: Yes. For a safe and comfortable ride, please follow these suggestions:
- Do not use the stairs when the bus is in motion.
- Remain seated when the bus is in motion, even after you requested your stop.
- Watch your step and hold the handrails as you use the stairs to and from the upper deck.
- Wear a seatbelt when seated.
- Always follow all instructions given by your operator.
Q: What are the accessibility features of the new MCI bus?
A: The bus has a ramp that deploys from the middle door and leads to a low-floor wheelchair securement and reserved seating area.
Q: Does the bus have a bike rack?
A: Yes, there is a three-position bike rack mounted on the front of the bus. Folding bicycles are allowed inside the bus. You can find more information on bikes on board here.
Q: Does this bus have Wi-Fi?
A: Yes, all AC Transit commuter buses offer Wi-Fi service.
Q: How tall is this bus compared to the green commuter buses (MCIs)?
A: The original MCI is 11 feet 3 inches tall. The new MCI bus is 11 feet 6 inches.
Q: How were the new buses funded?
A: The new MCI buses were purchased with capital grants from the Federal Transit Administration and the California State of Good Repair program.