Goal M-7: Improve coordination among public agencies and transit providers to meet public transit needs and provide greater mobility.
Hayward is served by a number of transit services providing viable transit options to residents and visitors through a network of local, regional and intercity bus services, paratransit services, and rapid transit and regional rail services These services are provided by a number of public and private transportation agencies and companies including Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), Amtrak, and Greyhound Lines. Public transportation facilities are planned, funded, installed and maintained under an integrated regulatory framework that includes Federal, State, and local funding sources that contribute to capital and operational costs.
Policies in this section support coordination with public transit providers to meet Hayward’s local transit needs. Since the city relies primarily on other transit providers, including AC Transit for bus service and BART and Amtrak for commuter rail services, coordination is an essential part of the City’s strategy to identify and serve the transit needs of the community. The City contributes to the creation of a robust transit system by ensuring adequate transit-support facilities are provided as appropriate.
The City shall support a connected transit system by improving connections between transit stops/stations and roadways, bikeways, and pedestrian facilities.
The City shall coordinate with AC Transit, BART, Amtrak and other transit providers to meet the travel needs of Hayward residents, students, visitors, and businesses.
The City shall collaborate with BART and AC Transit to expand short- and long-term opportunities to expand services (e.g., extend rapid bus service from Bayfair to the South Hayward BART Station), pursue a hydrogen fueling station for both buses and personal vehicle use, and improve transit stations by expanding amenities at stations.
The City shall encourage improved transit links from the BART and Amtrak stations to major activity centers within the city (e.g., Downtown, the Industrial Technology and Innovation Corridor, Southland Mall, Chabot College, and California State University East Bay).
The City shall work with transit providers to identify transit needs and develop options for providing expanded service to underserved areas in the city.
The City shall work with AC Transit, BART, and Amtrak to maintain a safe, clean, comfortable, and rider-friendly waiting environment at all transit stops within the city.
The City shall work with AC Transit to coordinate routes and service times and to post routes and schedules at bus stops.
The City shall advise AC Transit of proposed changes in street networks which may affect bus service.
The City shall require developers of large projects to identify and address, as feasible, the potential impacts of their projects on AC Transit ridership and bus operations as part of the project review and approval process.
The City shall work with transit providers to incorporate transit facilities into new private development and City project designs including incorporation of transit infrastructure (i.e., electricity, fiber-optic cable, etc.), alignments for transit route extensions, and new station locations.
The City shall evaluate the need for shuttle service citywide and support public and private efforts and activities to bridge gaps in existing transit service.
The City shall continue to support paratransit services to meet the transportation and mobility needs of all Hayward residents with special needs.
The City shall promote the continued operation of taxi services, including the provision of a dedicated taxi stand at the Downtown Hayward BART Station, on-street loading spaces (where appropriate), incremental improvements in gas mileage, and improved access for passengers with disabilities.