Bus service in low-density areas has the distinction of being some of the most inefficient public transit around.
To quote a former editor of mine, “most of the time, it’s just you and the driver.”
Well, rather than agonize over that scenario, AC Transit is taking a stab at making it work better with one of the many bus service changes it’s making on Sunday.
The 333 line in Newark acknowledges that it’s just you two, and dispenses with the inefficient formality of a route, according to this synopsis in today’s AC Transit press release:
LINE 333 is particularly interesting because it functions much like a taxi service in that it picks up passengers at only three locations but will take them directly to a Newark bus stop closest to wherever they need to go. The bus will run from 7 p.m. to midnight from Union City BART to NewPark Mall with only one other scheduled stop (Lido Faire Shopping Center) in between. A passenger simply boards the bus at one of these locations and tells the driver where to go.
Line 333 is a perfect service option for low density areas, eschewing a costly “fixed” service in favor of a more flexible, economical and yet a more direct ride.
When a bus service starts eschewing, I have to take notice.