Oh, AC Transit line 51, the bus everyone loves to hate. The inspiration for Facebook groups and random fits of rage through the East Bay.
The bus that, even when it was supposed to come every 10 minutes, you always seemed to spend at least 20 minutes waiting for.
But the simultaneously most popular and most reviled bus in the AC Transit system may soon be gone from us. Just one in a massive list of possible “service changes” announced by AC Transit is a proposal to eliminate the 51 and split its route into two separate lines–the 3 and the 4.
Line 3 is planned to run from Rockridge BART to Broadway & Blanding Avenue, while line 4 will start at Rockridge BART and continue to Berkeley Amtrak. The frequency of arrivals will be decreased slightly, but we’re guessing if the new buses run anywhere near on time it’ll still be a vast improvement over the current reality of the 51.
But we have so many memories of the 51, of ridiculously crowded morning commutes, of bus drivers who seemed to have no qualms driving right past you if they were having a bad day and of course, the fact that the buses always seemed to travel in packs of two or three.
Reminisce about the 51 with us in the comments.
Tags:51, AC Transit, Is it your fault AC Transit?, oh noes
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