AC Transit employee vaccination deadline arrives, could impact service

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AC Transit providing free masks, hand sanitizer to riders
AC Transit bus at Richmond BART Station.

AC Transit warned of possible service impacts as the deadline for employee vaccination is today.

The AC Transit Board of Directors voted in December last year to require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 without a testing option, with a March 17 deadline to comply.

On Monday, AC Transit said proof of vaccinations were flowing into its administrative offices and stated “our employee vaccine compliance exceeds 80 percent.”

Personnel who decline the vaccine or an exemption for religious beliefs or medical conditions are set to be issued a notice of intent to terminate as early as Friday, March 18, the transit agency said.

AC Transit said “a reduction in our frontline workforce could affect service.”

“We will take advanced measures to avoid any cancelation of service,” the transit agency said. “However, if service modifications are required, riders are alerted that delays or the temporary suspension of low-use bus lines are possible. In keeping with established policies, AC Transit will marshal resources to support the bus lines in greatest demand, including those lines critical to riders in under-resourced communities.”

For more information, go to actransit.org.