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February 22, 2011 > Federal Transit Administration recognizes AC Transit

Federal Transit Administration recognizes AC Transit

Only project in country to receive "High" rating in FY 2012 "New Starts" report

Submitted By Clarence Johnson, AC Transit

AC Transit announced February 17, 2011, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has given its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project the highest overall rating of any project in the United States this year, marking another significant milestone in the Agency's effort to bring a much-needed new express service line to the East Bay.

"The project would improve the speed and reliability of service to current riders, including large numbers of minority, low-income and transit-dependent residents, by offering higher frequency service, reduced travel times, and greater schedule reliability," according to the FTA's 2011 New Starts report.

The report also gives AC Transit's BRT a cost-effectiveness rating of "high," making this one of only four other transportation projects in the United States to receive that level of recognition.

"We're very pleased the FTA recognized the need for BRT in its report to Congress," said Mary King, AC Transit Interim General Manager. "BRT will yield faster travel times, reduce traffic, stimulate our local economy and decrease emissions."

President Obama's FY 2012 Budget includes $25M for AC Transit's BRT project.

"President Obama understands how crucial BRT investment will be in our community," said Ms. King. "This is yet another major victory in our effort to bring a much-needed economic boost to the East Bay."

Construction of the BRT project will create local construction jobs and contribute to the economy by generating additional jobs that will support construction. Construction is expected to begin as soon as 2013 and be fully implemented in 2015.

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