Estuary Crossing Shuttle

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Estuary Crossing Shuttle was a free bus service in Alameda County, California linking BART with the West End neighborhood of the City of Alameda.[1]. Service ended on June 30, 2017.[2]


The commute hour service connected Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland with the island city of Alameda across the Webster and Posey Tubes, vehicle only tunnels separating the cities under a channel known as the Oakland-Alameda Estuary.[3] The nineteen-seater buses carry up to twenty-four passengers.[4] The coaches carry as much as thirteen bicycles, significantly higher than the typical of two passengers per bicycle. Service operates on thirty-minute headways operating runs from 7 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 7 PM Pacific Standard Time.[5] The service is free of charge as it is funded entirely by San Francisco Bay Air Quality Management District grant money.[6] The system began operations on August 15, 2011 with a one-year $236,000 renewable grant. The ECS line also connects the Peralta Community College District campuses of Laney and College of Alameda including the latter's satellite campus on the island's Marina Village.[7]


  1. ^ New free shuttle service links Lake Merritt BART Station to Alameda
  2. ^ "Estuary Crossing Shuttle". City of Alameda.
  3. ^ Free estuary crossing shuttle
  4. ^ "Estuary Crossing Shuttle" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  5. ^ New free Estuary Crossing Shuttle starts service Monday, August 15
  6. ^ West End Estuary Crossing Shuttle Coming in August, Nancy Lopez, Alameda Patch
  7. ^ "Monday, Aug. 15 - New, free Estuary Crossing Shuttle starts service". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2011-08-26.