A pair of community meetings to gather public input on potential improvements to the Line 51B bus corridor will be hosted by AC Transit and the Public Works Department. The first meeting will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at La Quinta Inn, 920 University Ave. The second is 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave.

AC Transit says lines 51A and 51B are two of the most heavily used bus routes in the East Bay, carrying a combined 19,000 passengers daily to Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda, but "Service has been unreliable due to bus bunching, late vehicle arrivals and overcrowded buses," according to the agency.

A $10 million grant is earmarked by AC Transit "to design and implement infrastructure modifications along the route that would increase reliability and on-time performance, decrease travel time, and improve safety for passengers and pedestrians."

The meetings will explain proposed improvements for the portion of Line 51 on University Avenue between Acton Street and Shattuck Avenue and there will be small group discussions about the potential changes.

Learn more about the project at http://bit.ly/170N6Wq.

Written comments can be submitted by the 5 p.m. Sept. 9 deadline to Tammy Kyllo, AC Transit, Administrative Coordinator at 1600 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612 or by email at planning@actransit.org.


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Berkeley's Transportation Commission is scheduled to review recommended options on Sept. 16.