AC Transit Proposes Changes to Emeryville Service, Public Comment through July 31st

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AC Transit has proposed drastic changes to bus service through out the Bay Area.  If implemented, Emeryville residents would see changed routes and increased bus frequencies under the proposed plans.

The transit agency says these changes would establish a grid network that would ease travel through Emeryville and South Berkeley and structure routes so they are more legible and usable by the public.  Most importantly, it would “match service with existing commercial and residential markets and future development growth, particularly in Emeryville and West Berkeley,” says the agency.


Line 26

Line 26 currently serves the Shellmound retail corridor, would be replaced by the L19 “Lakeshore/Hollis.”  The line’s loop through West Oakland would be eliminated.

Instead, the proposed L19 would continue its Lakeshore Avenue (Oakland) route, turn onto 12st Street (to connect with BART), then make a right on Adeline, left on 32nd Street, and right onto Hollis Street.  Once in Emeryville, it would continue up Hollis Street, loop around the perimeter of the Artistry apartment complex on 65th Street before ending up back on Shellmound Street. 

Most notably, this change eliminates the line’s service along 40th Street to Shellmound, which serves a heavily frequented retail and commercial corridor.  However, this service would be replaced by the proposed M5 “Macarthur” route.

Service would be maintained at 20 minute intervals throughout the day on weekdays, and an increase of service from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes on weekends.

Proposed Route [Download PDF]:


Existing route map [Download PDF]:


Existing Service Schedule 

Line 31

Line 31 currently serves Alameda, West Oakland, a small portion of Emeryville’s 40th Street retail corridor, and the MacArthur BART station, would be split into two lines.

The proposed L28 “14th Ave” line would be responsible for serving the area from Oakland’s Diamond District to the former Alameda Naval Air Station, via Downtown Oakland.  The L21 “Ashby” would connect the West Oakland BART station and the full length of Berkeley’s Ashby Avenue via Peralta Street, Mandela Parkway, and Hollis Street.

Through Emeryville, the L21 would no longer serve the stretch of 40th Street between Hollis Street and San Pablo Avenue.  However, service frequency would be increased to every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.

Proposed Route [Download PDF]:


Existing Route [Download PDF]:


Existing Service Schedule 

Line 57

Line 57 currently serves Oakland’s Macarthur Boulevard and the intersection of 40th Street and San Pablo Avenue on the Emeryville border, would be extended into Emeryville.

The proposed M5 “Macarthur” would be extended down 40th Street and Shellmound Street to the Public Market, replicating the route that the existing Line 26 takes today.  Service frequency would increase to every 15 minutes, instead of the existing 15 to 30 minute frequency today.

Proposed Route [Download PDF]:


Existing Route [Download PDF]:


Existing Service Schedule

AC Transit is currently accepting public comments on the proposed changes throughout the end of Friday, July 31. Each proposed route in this overview page has a (comment) link where you can submit your feedback through Survey Monkey.

Countywide changes can be viewed here →

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Bobby Lee

is a Bay Area native who’s lived in the Christie Core Neighborhood since 2010, Bobby enjoys exploring the far corners of our region, trying the newest restaurants in the area, or relaxing to 80's era television sitcoms and game shows. For the past six years, he's hosted a web video series called 2 Minute Finance teaching basic money management and consumer education.


  1. As a fellow Christie Core resident I deeply thank you for this highly informative article. I submitted input on several of these proposed bus line changes. #EvilleTravel

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