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AC Transit features a “Commuter Appreciation Day” in partnership with 106.1 KMEL on Thursday, December 10 at 14th & Broadway in downtown Oakland from 7:30-9:00 a.m. The first 200 people to show up at the booth will receive a free TransLink card with $5. They will also be handing out bags of freebies, TransLink pens, and t-shirts, while supplies last, "to thank you for taking public transportation."
Yea, Okay. I thought it was just a good marketing promotion. Whatever it is "I'll take it!"

Speaking of AC Transit, get in sync with your bus by using “NextBus“ to get real-time bus arrival information on your cell phone, computer, and at select bus stops. I am told all buses are equipped with GPS and most have the GPS activated.

Also remember to attend the AC Transit Board of Directors meeting and speak in favor of the adoption of the Revised Service Adjustments Plan on December 16th 6:00 p.m. at 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland. More information and why this item is important can be found on the POPna site.

On Dec. 2nd I submitted the following comments by email to Directors Greg Harper, Christian Peeples, Joel Young and planning department for consideration:

“In regards to the Proposed Line 26 changes, specifically the routing from 7th street and 14th & Wood Street, I am pleased that the change in route and time during peak hours will reach a previously underserved group of residents both long and short term residency, young and mature.”

“However, I would suggest since so much work has been done to mitigate the air pollutants in our neighborhood by regulatory agencies, Port of Oakland and private developments, that alternate fuel vehicles equipped with GPS are used to serve line 26. GPS will benefit our children going to and from school, parents going to work and shop as well as our more mature residents’ seeking services they need. Oaklanders in general appear more and more concern regarding public safety and GPS will not only aid public safety issues but promote increase in ridership, ensure connectivity and timeliness in reaching our destinations.”


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Switching topics (somewhat) BART is currently looking for a new police chief and need the community help to gather input on the recruitment and selection process. They have launched a nationwide search to bring new leadership to its Police Department.

What are your thoughts and opinions on a) the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the new Chief ? and b) the background, experience and characteristics the new Chief should possess?

You can either take the on-line survey at http://www.bart.gov/policechief or provide your input at the public forum on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium , 101 8th Street, Oakland (across from the Lake Merritt BART Station).

Other news: BART and Southwest Airlines are giving away one hundred free trips to anywhere Southwest flies! Click here for the Sweepstake.

BART has announced plans to extend hours, run special service New Year's Eve, for more information, click here.

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