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Estuary Crossing Shuttle Comes to an End

The estuary crossing shuttle ends June 30, supplanted by new AC Transit routes. (AC Transit Website)

The Estuary Crossing Shuttle in Alameda’s west-end will come to an end at the close of this month.

The City of Alameda launched the shuttle service six years ago to serve Peralta Community College students attending both the College of Alameda and Laney College, and to provide another option for people with bicycles to travel between west Alameda and Oakland.

Now that AC Transit has restored Line 19 in Alameda’s Northern Waterfront area and the modified Line 96 (formerly Line 31) in west Alameda, the city will cease operating the shuttle.

The two new AC Transit bus lines provide more frequent service, for more hours of the day, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. including weekends, than the shuttle, which provides a weekday commute-hour service.

City officials say that, given the overlap between the AC Transit routes and the shuttle, it would be difficult to obtain continued grant funding.

Current shuttle riders are encouraged to use 511.org to find a suitable new transportation option.

AC Transit’s Line 96 connects Lake Merritt BART/Laney College, downtown Oakland, Alameda Landing, Marina Village, and the College of Alameda, terminating in Alameda Point.

Line 19 connects downtown Oakland with Atlantic Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue and then travels to Fruitvale BART.

AC Transit Lines 51A, 20, O and W also provide connections through the Posey and Webster Tubes.

People traveling with bicycles can use these 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.

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