BRT 2017: The Year In Review

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Bus Rapid Transit

What a year! As we approach the one-year anniversary of construction there is much to celebrate and acknowledge. We pause to thank residents, businesses and our community partners for their support and patience this year as we build the East Bay’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The BRT launch date is set for 2019 but already the public has begun to reap the benefits of improved infrastructure including new ADA-complaint sidewalks and ramps, traffic signals and street lighting. At 73rd Avenue, 86th Avenue, Downtown San Leandro and San Leandro Civic Center you can see the foundations for the curbside and center median stations. Soon one-of-a-kind artwork, pergolas, and lush landscape will breathe life into these inanimate foundations.


With progress comes change. Transit staff, riders and particularly bus operators have successfully navigated bus stop and traffic changes in multiple construction zones with skill and professionalism. We salute you!


BRT is a $213 million investment in our community and will improve regional connectivity and help relieve traffic congestion, while enhancing one of the East Bay’s most culturally diverse corridors. When completed, riders will experience the full benefits of BRT:

  • Frequent and Reliable – A fleet of brand new hybrid-electric buses will arrive at least every 7 minutes during peak times, reducing wait times! Traveling mostly through a bus-only lane will result in improved transit speed. Emergency responders will have access to the bus-only lanes at all times.

  • Accessible – The bus floor and the station platform are at the same level to ease the boarding experience for people in wheelchairs or with strollers. Median stations will reduce street crossing distance.
  • Innovative – Transit signal technology helps buses and traffic flow. Clipper Card readers installed on the platforms will quicken the boarding process. Buses are hybrid- electric and low emission. Bicyclists will enjoy new bike lanes along the corridor, bike racks at bus stations and on-board bike storage.
  • Safe – BRT riders and pedestrians along the corridor will enjoy the added features of improved lighting, state-of-the-art camera systems, new landscaped medians, sidewalks, high visibility crosswalks and new pavement.


As we continue construction, progressing through each wonderfully unique neighborhood along the corridor towards Downtown Oakland, let us resolve, in the New Year, to continue to work together and bring this unprecedented project to fruition.


If you have additional questions or are interested in a presentation to your neighborhood group, business group or other type of community organization, please contact AC Transit’s Community Outreach Team:

BRT Information Center
3322A International Boulevard
Oakland CA 94601 | 510.891.5478

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