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Free Broadway Shuttle adds Friday & Saturday night runs

The City of Oakland’s free Broadway Shuttle recently expanded its service hours to include Friday and Saturday night runs to help patrons enjoy downtown Oakland’s growing arts and entertainment scene.

The shuttle will maintain its current 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule Monday through Friday along the Broadway corridor, and add service from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, thanks to a one-year $166,000 grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

The evening service follows a slightly altered route to serve the entertainment area near Telegraph Avenue and 19 Street and the cluster of galleries and restaurants north of Grand Avenue. Visit the B Shuttle website for more details, including the new route map.

The Broadway Shuttle will maintain its existing 10-minute frequencies during commute and lunch hours. Frequency during the balance of the daytime and for all weekend night service will be 15 minutes.

Heading north from Jack London Square, the evening route deviates from Broadway onto Telegraph at 15th Street, returns to Broadway at 20th Street, and then continues to 27th Street, where the shuttle turns around and travels back to Jack London Square. The weekday route – between Embarcadero and Grand Avenue – remains the same.

Since its July 2010 launch, the shuttle has carried more than 500,000 passengers, an average of  about 2,700 daily. It connects commuters arriving downtown by BART, AC Transit, Amtrak Capitol Corridor and the Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco Ferry to their offices and other destinations and helps reduce greenhouse gases. The extended service hours and night route were prompted by feedback from the business community.

Designed and managed by the City of Oakland’s Community & Economic Development Agency, the Broadway Shuttle is operated by AC Transit.

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