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Report ID: 21-022   
Type: Regular - Planning
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 1/13/2021 Final action: 1/13/2021
Recommended Action: Consider receiving a report on the timeline for the release of a Request For Proposals to operate the Dumbarton Express bus service effective January 1, 2022.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: Dumbarton Express Request For Proposals (RFP)

BRIEFING ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider receiving a report on the timeline for the release of a Request For Proposals to operate the Dumbarton Express bus service effective January 1, 2022.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Convenient and Reliable Service
Initiative - Service Quality

The Dumbarton Express is a vital transit service that principally serves the journey-to-work travel market between the East Bay and the Peninsula. It has been in operation since 1984 and continues to be an important commute alternative in the increasingly congested Dumbarton Bridge corridor. Issuing a new RFP is a major step in ensuring continuity of the Dumbarton Express service.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

The Dumbarton Express operation is funded entirely through revenues from Regional Measure 2 bridge tolls and AC Transit EasyPass sales to Stanford University. Aside from a minor amount of staff time to administer the service contract, no other District funds or resources are used to support the Dumbarton Express.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

The Dumbarton Express service has been in operation since 1984. Over the course of its existence, it has primarily been operated by a private contractor with AC Transit serving as the administrator on behalf of the Dumbarton Bridge Regional Operations Consortium (DBROC). Currently, the service is operated by MV Transportation, beginning with an initial five-year contract from 2011 to 2016 and five exercised single-year options since. The last single-year option was exercised for calendar year 2021 and a service provider needs to be in place prior to calendar year 2022 in order to continue service without interruption.

The Dumbarton Express service is overseen by the DBROC, a group of five Bay Area transit agencies of which AC Transit is a member. The other DBROC member agencies are BAR...

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