AC Transit is considering a new way for passengers to pay for some bus rides with a plan to phase out paper transfers and offer a new day pass good for unlimited rides in a single day.
The public is invited to comment on the plan in a series of community forums starting Tuesday.
Adults would pay $5 for the new day bus pass. Youths, seniors and the disabled would pay $2.50 for the pass, which could be purchased either with cash or a Clipper Card payment.
AC Transit carries some 180,000 passengers a day in an area from Fremont to San Pablo.
Under the current fare system, riders can transfer from one local bus to another with a paper transfer that costs 25 cents and is good for two hours.
"The transfers would be obsolete with a new day pass," said AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson.
Abolishing the transfers would speed up bus loading and overall service, while ending riders' anxiety over not using the transfer within the two-hour time limit, he said.
Public forums on the plan will be held at the following:
-- Fremont: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the California School for the Blind, 500 Walnut Ave.
-- Hayward: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Room 2A.
-- Oakland: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at AC Transit headquarters, 1600 Franklin St.
-- Berkeley: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
-- Oakland: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Cesar Chavez Branch Library, 3301 East 12th St.
-- Richmond: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza.
The AC Transit board also will hold public hearings on the plan at 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 at its headquarters, 1600 Franklin St., Oakland.
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