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AC Transit Realign

AC Transit Realign

AC Transit Realign

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AC Transit Realign begins with a thorough analysis of our current service area conditions. The habits, needs, concerns, and priorities of riders and community members will be identified during this phase through quantitative data review, customer survey responses, and feedback through robust outreach. Part of this process is a comprehensive survey.

The survey, which launched April 17, gives you the opportunity to tell us your needs and vision for an updated AC Transit bus system.

AC Transit is reviewing and updating where, when, and how buses move throughout our service area. We are launching a top-to-bottom analysis of the system because travel patterns have not only changed in the wake of the pandemic, but we also face significant budget challenges. As a result, we will gather data and community input in the coming months to plan a new bus service network with the goal of better serving our riders.

What is Realign?

AC Transit is reviewing how bus service works across our service area through the Realign plan. AC Transit Realign is an inclusive planning process that evaluates our existing service network and responds to changing travel patterns. This quantitative and qualitative assessment of AC Transit’s bus lines will gather both data and the rider feedback to develop a new network focused on riders and equity. Your feedback will tell us how well our service is currently operating, meeting your travel needs, and ultimately how to realign our service. The Realign process will also require analyzing post-pandemic revenue losses, funding shortfalls, and Bus Operator workforce challenges to right-size our operations.  

AC Transit Realign also permits our transit district to overhaul service policies and standards, aligning our guidelines with current transit conditions and industry best practices. In doing so, we reaffirm our decades-long commitment to equity and better position the future of how we deliver bus service.  


  • Assess today’s travel patterns and the community’s current AC Transit service needs.  
  • Implement an inclusive planning process that incorporates quantitative and qualitative data along with rider and community feedback – including the voices of hard-to-reach equity communities. 
  • Align service schedules, coverage, and frequencies based on major needs identified by the community, riders, travel pattern data, finances, and workforce availability. 
  • Update our service standards with best practices for the design of our bus service. 

Graph of FY 2022-23 Revenue Budget

Why Realign?

We are updating our service to meet the travel patterns of the new normal. The pandemic led to a historic decline in riders, which resulted in unprecedented fare loss. AC Transit sought and received federal relief funds to keep bus lines moving. After three years, however, ridership has not returned to pre-pandemic levels and relief funds will soon be exhausted. As of March 2023, AC Transit’s overall ridership is 64% of pre-pandemic levels. As Bay Area employers continue to operate remote and hybrid work schedules, we forecast that our ridership and fare recovery will continue to be adversely affected. To save East Bay transit, we must now assess the needs of current riders and travel patterns with new focus on where, when, and how we deliver bus service. 

AC Transit is facing what’s being called a “fiscal cliff” or budget shortfall. Why? The onboard fareboxes capture a small percentage of the dollars needed to operate our transit district. And as the graph below highlights, we rely on a variety of public funding subsidies to support operations. As a result, without a substantial increase in fare revenues and subsidies (regional, state, and federal), AC Transit may be forced to consider service cuts. 

Phases & Timeline*

*Timeline is preliminary and subject to change

Phase 1 - Develop Plans and Learn Rider Needs

Dates: March - June 2023

Realign begins with a thorough analysis of current AC Transit service area conditions. The habits, needs, concerns, and priorities of riders and community members will be identified during this phase through quantitative data review, customer survey responses, and feedback through robust outreach. This phase encourages survey participation, which begins April 17, 2023. The survey will help us understand what’s important, identify priority destinations/connections, and weigh trade-offs/priorities that will inform the development of a draft set of guiding principles.

Phase 2 - Aligning Guiding Principles with Community Assessment

Dates: July - August 2023

This phase will solicit and incorporate feedback from riders, community members and AC Transit’s Board of Directors on the draft guiding principles developed from information gathered in Phase 1. In this phase, a final Guiding Principles document will be adopted by the Board and will establish the support, clarity, and direction for the development of Realign (new bus service network plan).

Phase 3 - Develop Service Scenarios and Gather Feedback

Dates: September - December 2023

Based on the feedback and direction from the first two phases, this phase presents draft service scenarios that offer alternative configurations of AC Transit’s routes and schedules throughout our service area. This is an important opportunity for our riders and community to provide feedback on these service scenarios. 

Phase 4 - Draft Final Service Plan and Plan Adoption

Dates: January - April 2024

Following the comprehensive review of data and community input on the draft scenarios, a draft Final Service Plan will be created, including an extensive update to AC Transit’s Service Standards. The draft Final Service Plan will be shared with the community during a formal public comment process. The Realign process will culminate with review and a formal vote by the AC Transit Board of Directors. An Equity Analysis (under Title VI of the American Civil Rights Act) will ensure that any negative impacts on both minority and low-income populations will be identified and presented for approval on a parallel track.

Phase 5 - Develop Service Standards and Inform Riders about Service Changes

Dates: April - September 2024

Once the Final Service Plan and updated Service Standards are approved, the new service is expected to begin in August 2024. In this final phase, robust promotion will educate riders and community members on how to use the new service network. The updated service policies and standards will help guide future planning and monitoring of AC Transit’s service network. These standards, including hours, days of operation, frequency, and location of bus routes, will guide how service we will operate on the streets and in neighborhoods throughout the AC Transit service area. The standards are based upon multiple factors, including equity, land use, population density, access to jobs, commercial activity, and major attractors such as schools, hospitals, and grocery stores.

Get Involved

AC Transit invites you to participate in the planning process by visiting this web page for the latest information, community engagement events, survey access, register for, and attending our workshops.

Upcoming Engagement Events

June 15, 2023 (Thu)11 am – 2 pmHayward Downtown Street Party - Juneteenth (B Street bet. Main St. and Foothill Blvd.)
June 18, 2023 (Sun)11 am – 7 pmBerkeley Juneteenth (Adeline St. bet. Ashby & Alcatraz)
June 23, 2023 (Fri)10 am – 1 pmSenior Resource Fair (Senior Center: 13909 E.14th Street, San Leandro)
June 24, 2023 (Sat)11 am – 8 pmLakefest 2023 (568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland)
July 1, 2023 (Sat)10 am - 3 pmAll American Festival (2451 W. Tennyson Rd., Hayward)
July 3, 2023 (Mon)TBD - 9 pm3rd of July Celebration (Marina Bay Park, Richmond)
July 15, 2023 (Sat)12 pm - 5 pmCastro Valley Pride (Castro Valley HS: 19400 Santa Maria Ave)
August 1, 2023 (Tue)3 pm - TBDNational Night Out Block Party (Oregon St/Stuart St, Berkeley)
August 5-6, 202310 am - 6 pmFremont Festival of the Arts (Downtown Fremont)
August 19-20, 202310 am - 5 pmFestival of the Globe - India Day (39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont)
August 26, 2023 (Sat)10 am - 5:30 pmOakland Chinatown StreetFest (Chinatown neighborhood)
September 10, 2023 (Sun)10 am - 5 pmSolano Stroll - Albany (Solano Ave from The Alameda to Masonic)
September 23, 2023 (Sat)7 am- 3:30 pmNiles Stroll & Roll - Fremont/Sunol (37810 Niles Blvd., Fremont)
September 17, 2023 (Sun)12 pm - 4 pmNewark Days Community Fair - Community Info Faire (35501 Cedar Blvd, Newark)

Past Events

April 29, 2023 (Sat)1 – 4 pmRichmond Annual Literacy Day (403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond) 
May 6, 2023 (Sat)9 am – 1 pmHayward Farmers Market (Watkins bet. B&C Street @777 B Street, Hayward) 
May 7, 2023 (Sun)10 am – 3 pm Akoma Market from the Black Cultural Zone (7101 Foothill Blvd., Oakland)
May 10, 2023 (Wed)3 - 7 pmDowntown San Leandro Farmers Market (300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro)
May 12, 2023 (Fri)8 am – 2 pmUrban Village/Old Oakland Farmers’ Market (9th Street at Broadway)
May 13, 2023 (Sat)9 am – 3 pmOhlone College Flea Market (43600 Mission Blvd., Lot C, Fremont)
May 17, 2023 (Wed)11:30 am - 1:30 pmEden Area Seniors Town Hall (Castro Valley Library: 3600 Norbridge Avenue)
May 18, 2023 (Thu)7 - 9:30 amBike to Work Day Emeryville (TBD)
May 18, 2023 (Thu)4 - 7 pmBike to Work Day Oakland (900-920 Washington Street Oakland)
May 20, 2023 (Sat)10 am - 2 pmCareer Fair at Hilltop Community Church (3118 Shane Dr., Richmond)
May 20, 2023 (Sat)10 am - 11 amLiving Hope Neighborhood Church Food Distribution (2800 Rheem Ave, Richmond)
May 20, 2023 (Sat)12 pm - 1 pmSojourner Truth Presbyterian Church Food Distribution (2621 Shane Dr., Richmond)
May 20, 2023 (Sat)2 pm - 3 pmKennedy High School Food Distribution (4300 Cutting Blvd., Richmond)
May 23, 2023 (Tues)9:30 am - 11 amRichmond Food Bank (598 Nevin Ave., Richmond)
May 23, 2023 (Tues)6 pm - 7 pmCherryland Survey Administration Meeting
May 24, 2023 (Wed)5:30 pm - 7 pmCherryland Open House and Resource Fair (456 Laurel Ave, Hayward)
May 24, 2023 (Wed)7 pm - 9 pmFremont Mobility Commission (Niles Conference Room, 39550 Liberty Street)
May 26, 2023 (Fri)11:30 am - 1 pmRichmond Food Bank (1651 Folsom Ave., San Pablo)
May 26, 2023 (Fri)3 - 7 pmACT Swing into Spring (Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo)
May 28, 2023 (Sun)10 am – 2 pmWest Oakland Farmers Market (18th Street & Peralta Street)
June 3, 2023 (Sat)11am – 6pmSan Leandro Cherry Festival (Downtown San Leandro)
June 3, 2023 (Sat)11am – 6pmEast Oakland Futures Fest (90th Ave./Scraper Bike Way, bet. Holly and Birch St.)
June 3, 2023 (Sat)11am – 2pmRichmond Promise Celebration (Richmond Civic Center: 2569 Nevin Ave)

Customer Survey

Take the Realign Survey and tell us your needs and vision for an updated AC Transit bus service network. 


Connect with Us

Stay connected by following us on our social channels, reaching out via phone/email or submitting your inquiry through the contact form.

Community Project Line: 
(510) 267-5631 (English) 
(510) 267-5632 (Spanish) 
(510) 267-5633 (Chinese) 

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