March 24, 2010

Public Hearing on Bus Rapid Transit Thursday March 25

The San Leandro Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at its meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2010.

According to a notice from the city, "A.C. Transit has requested the City adopt a Locally Preferred Alternative for their proposed upgrading of the existing 1R bus line along East 14th Street to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT would offer decreased travel times for bus passengers along the corridor by designating bus-only lanes on portions of East 14th Street."

The planning commission will discuss and recommend one of two proposed alternatives: one alternative would have BRT end at the downtown San Leandro BART station and the other would have BRT end at the Bayfair BART station. The complete BRT route goes from San Leandro through Oakland to downtown Berkeley.

BRT requires dedicated or partially-dedicated lanes for buses that make limited stops at elevated platforms. It promises to improve bus transit times, but AC Transit and its consultants acknowledge that it will increase transit times for automobile travel. In previous meetings, San Leandro Councilmembers Jim Prola and Michael Gregory have expressed support for BRT. Mayor Tony Santos has raised a number of concerns about BRT but has not expressed overall opposition to the project.

Concerns had been expressed by community members about the BRT route through downtown San Leandro, where traffic lanes are narrower. More recently, Councilmember Ursula Reed cited the loss of parking spaces along E. 14th Street in her city council district.

For more information about BRT, see the AC Transit web site.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday, March 25, 2010, in the City Council Chambers at 835 E. 14th Street in San Leandro.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at March 24, 2010 12:22 PM | TrackBack
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