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Report ID: 20-433   
Type: Regular - Planning
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 11/12/2020 Final action: 11/12/2020
Recommended Action: Consider receiving a report on the District's planned service changes associated with the December 2020 Sign-up.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Att.1. December Sign Up, 3. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: December 2020 Sign-up Report

BRIEFING ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider receiving a report on the District's planned service changes associated with the December 2020 Sign-up.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Convenient and Reliable Service
Initiative - Service Quality

The service changes going into effect on December 22, 2020, will address on-time performance and crowding issues that were identified following a review of system performance after the August 2020 sign-up. Beyond reliability, two key elements of the December sign-up are: 1) removing Supplementary Service from the schedule, and 2) adding two Tempo standby buses in the run-cut that are currently being used informally off of the extra board.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

Total weekday vehicle platform hours have decreased from August 2020 service levels by 431.1, and Saturday and Sunday hours have decreased by 15.1 and 42.8 hours, respectively. In total, these changes yield an annual decrease of 86,311 platform hours, largely due to the removal of Supplementary Service from assigned runs in the run-cut. While this large decrease in platform hours might indicate a corresponding large decrease in cost, the District's costs are largely based on headcount. Because the District is not planning on any layoffs or furloughs, any actual cost savings would be based on reduced fuel and maintenance costs, along with natural staff attrition.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

AC Transit typically conducts four sign-ups each year as required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with ATU Local 192. These occur in March, June, August, and December. After the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa Health Departments issued a Shelter In Place (SIP) Order, the District operated under an Emergency Service Plan (ESP) focused on Sunday service levels since March 31, 2020. The June sign-up was canceled given the concerns ove...

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