GM Memo No. 09-217eMeeting Date: December 16, 2009Page 3 of 18
Total positions eliminated 233Should the Board adopt the Revised Service Adjustments Plan, it is intended that no busdrivers will be laid off and that the resulting reduction in maintenance employees will belimited to approximately 12 temporary service employees and 3 temporary janitors. Thenumber of positions will be proportionately reduced but the actual layoffs will be primarilyoffset by attrition.On August 26, 2009 the AC Transit Board of Directors approved the Biennial Budget for theDistrict for Fiscal Years 2009/10 and 2010/11. This was further ratified by Resolution 09-048passed by the Board on September 9, 2009, which provided the District with a balancedbudget, as required by Board Policy 312. The budget passed was predicated on savingsfrom service reductions totaling $18 Million, net of fares. Service Development staff thenprepared a series of service reductions, adjustments and re-alignments in accordance withdirection to reduce District services 15% (315,000 Platform Hours). Currently the Districtoperates approximately 2,070,000 annual platform hours. The implementation of the ServiceAdjustments Plan would result in operations of 1,755,000 annual platform hours.2009 Service Adjustments PlanStaff developed the 2009 Service Adjustments Plan (SAP) in accordance with Board-adoptedprinciples:
Allocation of service must reflect some consideration of geographic equity, butultimately productivity and usefulness of the service should be given greater weight – Strategic Plan
Service must be prioritized to those areas with the greatest potential for transit use,with good patronage rewarded by better service and shorter waits – Guiding Principles
The District should maintain minimum route spacing/coverage – Service DeploymentPoliciesOn June 24, 2009 the Board received a detailed report (GM Memo 09-161) and presentationof the SAP that included routing, frequency and span changes. At that time, staff hadestimated that the plan would reduce the daily platform hours to 5,700 per day for weekdaysand just fewer than 2,900 per day for weekends. These targeted savings were confirmedthrough a run cut, developed by the Schedules Department. A final set of proposals waspresented to the Board on August 26, 2009 (GM Memo 09-161a), which included three (3)minor revisions to the original SAP. Information regarding ridership methodology, preliminaryTitle VI screening and related matters is available in GM Memo 09-161.
Public Outreach and Public Comments Process
The development of the SAP process involved an extensive and comprehensive publicoutreach process. Please refer to Exhibit A1 of Attachment A for a brief narrative on theprocess as well as Exhibit A2 for a complete report detailing the nature and scope ofcomments received. Additionally, the Districts External Affairs, Marketing and Media AffairsDepartment have provided a report (Attachment B) of the Summary of Publicity and