June 11, 2007

Public Hearing on Bus Rapid Transit June 12 at San Leandro Library

On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, a public hearing will be held at the San Leandro Library on bus rapid transit (BRT), which attempts to combine the best features of rail with the flexibility and cost advantages of roadway-based transit. The hearing will begin at 5:30pm with an open house, when the public can review exhibits of the different alternatives for the BRT and talk with AC Transit and project staff. The presentation and testimony for the hearing will begin at 7:00pm and will take place in the San Leandro Library Lecture Hall.

According to the AC Transit web site, the BRT Project will "improve public transportation service in a key transportation corridor that extends from Downtown Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley at the northern end, through Downtown Oakland, to San Leandro at the southern end, primarily using Telegraph Avenue, International Boulevard and East 14th Street."

According to a fact sheet, other communities operating or planning BRT include Boston, Chicago, Eugene, Oregon, San Diego, and Vancouver, Canada. Completion is expected in 2011.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/R) on the project is available online or at the Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro libraries. Comments on the DEIS/R are due no later than 5:00 PM July 3, 2007 and may be submitted online or in writing to:

East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project
AC Transit
1600 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Daily Review and San Francisco Chronicle coverage.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at June 11, 2007 6:36 PM | TrackBack
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