Important Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Safety Information

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Bus Rapid Transit

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AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Safety Information

We are excited about the upcoming launch of the BRT service between Oakland and San Leandro along International Boulevard and East 14th Street. We express our sincere appreciation to all the East Bay communities and businesses for their patience during construction.

In anticipation of service launch this summer, motorists and pedestrians should exercise extra caution while getting used to new traffic patterns, signs and lane changes. Please see further information below about some of the new features and improvements along the corridor.

Why is BRT different than the existing AC Transit service?

Fleet – BRT uses 60-foot electric hybrid buses designed to help reduce emissions along the 9.5-mile corridor between downtown Oakland and the San Leandro BART Station.

Bus-only lanes – BRT service uses primarily bus-only lanes which results in timely arrivals and decreased traffic delays due to congestion.

Platform-level boarding – Station platforms are at the same level as the bus floor to ease boarding, especially for people with bikes or those using mobility devices and strollers.

Platform fare collection – BRT station platforms have ticket vending machines and Clipper card readers for fare payment before boarding the bus. The elimination of onboard fare boxes speeds up the boarding process.

Transit signal priority – New and upgraded traffic signals are equipped with priority technology to minimize delays. This enables optimized travel by adjusting traffic signals in real time.

What are the benefits of BRT?

Enhanced operations – Since BRT operates primarily in bus-only lanes equipped with transit signal technology, this allows for optimal travel speed while reducing traffic delays. In addition, riders use Clipper card readers and ticket vending machines to pay on the platform, therefore streamlining the boarding process.

Improved accessibility – Station platforms are at the same level as the bus floor to ease boarding, especially for people using mobility devices, strollers, and bicycles. Median stations reduce street crossing distance and all BRT stations feature wheelchair accessible ramps.

Upgraded safety systems – Riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists in the area are already enjoying the added features of improved lighting, high-visibility crosswalks, and new pavements. In addition, first responders always have access to the bus-only lanes, helping to facilitate emergency services provision.

Amenities at stations – Each of the 34 BRT stations offer enhanced lighting for improved visibility and security, including digital signage with real-time service information, accessible ramps, a seating area and cameras. All stations feature bike stands, and incorporate original artwork by local artists.

General infrastructure improvements – As part of BRT construction, a host of enhancements have been installed, including 37 new traffic signals, street lighting, dozens of high visibility crosswalks and accessible curb ramps, nearly 10 miles of new curb-to-curb pavement, several miles of new bike lanes and hundreds of native plants and trees.

For more information, visit or call us at (510) 891-4777. Our Customer Service Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:00am–7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am–5:00 pm. Language assistance is available. You can also follow us on social media at @RideACT for regular updates and sign up for line-specific eNews here.