Former Emeryville mayor and current AC Transit President of the Board of Directors Greg Harper has announced the F-Line bus route will not be eliminated or even change for Emeryville residents as was reported last week in the newspaper the Daily Californian. Mr Harper told the Tattler, "the Daily Californian got the story wrong" and that the Board is actually increasing the number of buses for the popular route.
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The Daily Californian reported and the Tattler reprinted a story that is factually incorrect according to Mr Harper. The UC Cal newspaper reported the transit agency is considering changing the F-Line route through Emeryville but that is incorrect Mr Harper said, "It will continue to use 40th Street and access the Bay Bridge via Powell Street". There will be no changes for the Emeryville portion of the F-Line except buses will run with greater frequency he stressed. Mr Harper noted that the proposed change will occur at the UC campus where the line now loops around the campus. The loop will be eliminated and instead the buses will just run past the university, "90% of the total route is the same" he noted. "It won't go around the campus as much as it did before. But that will enable us to increase the frequency with the same number of buses" he said. "There will be a 10 minute peak bus frequency for weekdays" he added, noting he is trying to convince his fellow Board members to accept that half the buses should go down Powell Street, owing to the greater frequency, "Every other bus will go down Powell instead of 40th Street if I can get that past my colleagues" he said.
The addition of an F-Line Powell Street route, closer to Emeryville residencies, would increase usability for Emeryville citizens.
These changes would make the F-Line "better than ever as far as Emeryville is concerned" President Harper said, "The downside is that will be less convenient for some UC students" he added.
Former mayor Greg Harper heads up Harper and Associates law firm on Horton Street and he has lived in Emeryville for over 30 years.