To attract the needed 60,000 to 100,000 riders a day, AC Transit’s transbay bus service would have to get better all along parts of all lines, some of which run to as much as 30 miles from start to finish. To make the transbay bus service attractive to people who can afford to drive and park would require at least the following:
A relatively small number of high frequency transbay “trunk lines” say, 6 to 8, instead of today’s 29 separate lines emanating from 29 separate parts of the East Bay.
Trunk lines that operate on 5 to 15 minute headways, rather than on today’s 30 and 60 minute headways
Lines that run all day rather than just during peak commute periods
Beefed up neighborhood feeder buses, timed to meet the trunkline buses
Bus interiors that are quiet and comfortable and that feature amenities such as wi-fi and perhaps a coffee dispensing machine
Lines that operate in bus-only lanes when and as necessary to avoid congestion