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June 7, 2017

Crossing the water

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Folks, looks like the Estuary Crossing Shuttle will come to an end on June 30.    Recall that the Estuary Crossing Shuttle was largely a way to get folks with bikes through the tube rather than have people attempt to take their lives into the hands just to get from Oakland to Alameda.  Here’s excerpts from the Press Release.

With AC Transit’s restoration of Line 19 in the Northern Waterfront area and the modified Line 96 (formerly Line 31) in west Alameda, the Estuary Crossing Shuttle will end services on Friday, June 30. The City launched the Shuttle service six years ago to close the gap for Peralta Community College students attending both the College of Alameda and Laney College, as well to provide another option for people with bicycles to travel between west Alameda and Oakland.

People traveling with bicycles can hop on one of these six AC Transit lines, which run every three to nine minutes during peak times through the tubes. All AC Transit buses have front bicycle-racks which hold two or three bicycles.

In its six years of service traveling between west Alameda and Laney College/Lake Merritt BART, the Estuary Crossing Shuttle provided over 315,000 free rides, averaging 215 daily rider boardings, plus 33 daily bicycle boardings.

So essentially those 33 bicycle boardings, they’re not scattered through the day they are probably bunched during morning and evening commute.  Let’s say, conservatively, there are 10 folks that need to get their bikes from Alameda to Oakland in the morning.  Someone may potentially have to wait up to nearly 1/2 an hour to get a free bike rack space if the expectation is to only rely on AC Transit service.  Now that’s not really the fault of AC Transit, they’re in the business of moving people not necessarily people and bikes.  But those 33 bicycles represent 33 single occupant cars off the road during commute time, if the City had a viable alternative like a safe fixed crossing then ending the Estuary Crossing Shuttle would be understandable, but there is no plan and no alternative being discussed other than, “use AC Transit, sorry!”  Seems really shortsighted.

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5 Comments »

  1. Give us another hundred years and maybe Alameda and Oakland may learn that water may be an avenue of transportation like Vancouver BC or London or Paris or Saigon or Venice or Hong Kong or Torremolinos or etc, etc.

    Comment by jack — June 7, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    • Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

      Comment by Retiredteacher — June 7, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

      • Beautiful lake but doesn’t fit the commute narrative.

        Comment by jack — June 7, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

        • Not true.

          Comment by Retiredteacher — June 8, 2017 @ 12:38 pm


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