February 14, 2012 > New milestone for Bus Rapid Transit
New milestone for Bus Rapid Transit
Submitted By AC Transit
The East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project moved a step closer to reality on February 3, 2012 with AC Transit's announcement that the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (FEIS/R) for the project is available for public review and comment.
Publication of the FEIS/R provides the public and other interested parties an opportunity to learn about a project that promises to improve the speed and reliability of bus service in the 14-mile corridor from downtown Berkeley to the San Leandro BART station.
The BRT FEIS/R will be available for public review from February 3 to March 19, 2012. The document can be viewed at AC Transit headquarters, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland; online at http://tinyurl.com/7o7cksa; and at public libraries in Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro. A copy of the report can also be requested by calling (510) 891-7175.
Along with this review process, AC Transit will also hold a series of community meetings to further inform the public about the project and elicit comments first-hand.
"This is a fantastic project that dramatically improves transit in a tightly congested corridor while stirring significant economic development in an area where it is most needed,'' said AC Transit Interim General Manager Mary King. "It will create many employment opportunities during its initial construction phase and beyond. With the new jobs and the reductions in traffic congestion, commute times and ozone emissions, this is a wonderful project. We're eager to showcase it and hear what the public thinks."
The Federal Transit Administration has given AC Transit's BRT the highest overall rating of any of the transit projects under consideration across the United States. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 with the system fully operational in 2016.
AC Rapid Transit community meeting
Thursday, Mar 1
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
San Leandro City Hall
South Offices Conference Room
835 East 14th Street, San Leandro