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Bus Rapid Transit Program
BRT Coming to Oakland
BRT is Bus Rapid Transit is a high quality, high capacity rapid transit system that in many ways, improves upon traditional rail transit systems.
Oakland City Council adopted the Downtown Oakland to San Leandro (DOSL) line as the Locally Preferred Alternative for AC Transit’s $178 million East Bay BRT Project in July 2012. Vehicles travel in exclusive lanes, avoiding traffic. Passengers walk to comfortable stations, pay their fares in the station, and board through multiple doors like a train. Service is frequent and fast. Vehicles can be powered by hybrid electric or clean diesel, and in the future may be powered by zero-emission fuel cells.
The Oakland City Council not only adopted AC Transit’s Federal Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) but also placed local Conditions of Approval on the BRT Project (C.M.S. 84016). These included additional parking and business impact mitigation requirements; local hire provisions; design requirements, such as curb to curb repaving and pedestrian lighting and safety; and a requirement that there be no increase in City costs for operating and maintaining BRT Project facilities.
The BRT Project runs 9.5 miles from the northern transfer station at Broadway and 20th Street in Uptown Oakland to the San Leandro BART Station. In Oakland, project features include 18 sidewalk stations (9 pairs) in the Downtown, Chinatown and East Lake areas, and 20 center median stations along a dedicated BRT transit way on International Boulevard from 14th Avenue to the San Leandro border.
Advance utility, parking lot, and Fruitvale bypass build outs will commence in late 2014. Major roadway construction including station platforms will begin in summer 2015. The start of revenue service for the BRT Project is set for November 2017.