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B-Line Community Forum: October 25, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Berkeley Public Library

October 3, 2010

What:
Inaugural public forum to discuss the need for a new people-centric bus system in Berkeley, and to launch the B-Line!

When:
Monday, October 25, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where:
Berkeley Public Library, central branch, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), Berkeley, Community Meeting Room, Third Floor

Why:
Berkeley needs to launch its own transit system in order to better serve its residents and to re-establish Berkeley’s leadership role in green initiatives. A.C. Transit has repeatedly cut service to Berkeley in recent years, and is threatening to cut service yet again in the upcoming months. And yet more cuts are predicted on the horizon. A.C. Transit is already barely usable as a viable public transit system within Berkeley. After the inevitable future cuts, it will no longer function as a practicable bus system within Berkeley city limits. A.C. Transit buses will no longer even service many neighborhoods, and the remaining core lines will be infrequent and unpredictable.

We can’t wait until it’s too late to think about how to remedy this crisis. We need to get the ball rolling on a municipal bus system for Berkeley ASAP, before the existing bus service collapses completely.

Who:
• You.
• Public transit patrons (BART and A.C. Transit riders).
• Anyone who would take public transit if only it were more accessible and reliable.
• Activists who care about sustainability, pollution, traffic congestion, the planet!
• Anyone who wants to see Berkeley take the lead in populist green movements.
• Public officials, decision-makers, stakeholders.
• Business owners who want to attract more customers and tourists without increasing Berkeley’s parking problems.
• Student leaders.
• Neighborhood activists who want to ensure that all of Berkeley’s neighborhoods are better served by public transit.
• Your friends, family and colleagues.
• Everyone! Come one, come all. Let’s make this happen!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2010 1:42 pm

    Rather than set up the Bay Area’s 25th transit operation it might make more sense to fix what we have.

    AC Transit does not have to be as bad as it is. Its buses don’t have to meander all over the East Bay and back and forth across the Bridge mostly empty. It doesn’t have to have massive duplication of service on the Bridge and in downtown Oakland, to the point of starving the rest of its service area of buses.

    It is hard to avoid concluding that the AC Staff and Board are, first and foremost, wedded to the status quo. Change of any kind, especially if suggested by an “outsider” is regarded as a threat. “What’s here is good, and anyone who says otherwise is a heretic.”

    The fact that AC is currently broken doesn’t necessarily call for replacing portions of it with a new operator. What it does mean is that the AC “loyalists” are going to have to hear a lot more noise before they will act to fix problems, no matter how obvious these problems are to the rest of us.

    • October 22, 2010 2:24 pm

      gerald:

      You’re painting a very bleak picture with no possible route to success.

      On one hand, you say we shouldn’t start a new transit agency, we should just stick with A.C. Transit.

      On the other hand, you say that A.C. Transit is not only incompetent but also stridently resistant to change of any kind, and will regard the B-Line as a threat to be defeated.

      So, where does that leave us? Your recommendation is to yell louder at A.C. Transit, and maybe they’ll hear us and fix things.

      Sorry, I don’t accept that. We’ve already tried yelling at A.C. Transit will all our might for years and years, to absolutely no effect. They have their own agenda, and nothing any outsiders say will change that.

      Furthermore, A.C. Transit is completely broke, and even if they had good intentions (which they don’t), they still wouldn’t be able to improve service.

      Think of Berkeley bus riders as a battered wife in an abusive relationship, with A.C. Transit as the abuser. You are telling us to “stay in the relationship, maybe he’ll stop abusing you” if only we were to change our behavior in some way.

      But we’ve been down that road. Abusers don’t change. A.C. Transit will continue to be mismanaged, and to allocate what few resources it has to other priorities and agendas. We can yell and scream all we want, it won’t improve the bus system in Berkeley.

      So, yes, I’d rather create the “Bay Area’s 25th transit operation” if it improves the situation, rather than wait with infinite futile patience for the existing bloated bureaucracies to respond. Why is centralization always touted as the answer to all problems? Decentralization seems to me to be the way to go. Local needs fulfilled by a local system.

      When there were hundreds of independent railroad operators in the 19th century, America’s train system flourished. And then when the small systems were all gobbled up, first by the robber barons and then by the federal government, the whole rail network stagnated and eventually collapsed.

      Let’s reverse the trend. Berkeley is all about buying “local,” right? Let’ go local with our transit system!

  2. October 26, 2010 8:16 am

    POST B -LINE MEETING: Funding idea for the B5 line: Whole Foods. Since the 9 line stopped going down Ashby from Claremont many “rich hill people” (who ought to be driving, right?) can’t get there any more. OR to Alta Bates for that matter. AC SHOULD be able to fix this, of course, but they’re too busy giving themselves colonoscopies.

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    October 10, 2011 7:30 am

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  4. December 18, 2011 1:17 pm

    Shuttle service and connecting shopping districts will be an agenda item at the next Transportation Commission on the third Thursday of the month, January 2012

  5. December 18, 2011 1:25 pm

    What is the status of having a B-Line in Berkeley. Today is 12/18/11.

    What is the status of the B-Line in downtown Oakland? Is it possible to get similar funding?

    Has anyone approached Representative Barbara Lee, or Senator Diane Feinstein or Senator Barbara Boxer?

    What about other potential operators who already have buses?

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