Bus Rapid Transit is about to change the way East Bay commuters get around.
BRT is a high quality, high capacity rapid transit system that is making news around the world as a 21st Century answer to urban congestion.
It has proven its value from Boston to Brazil. Now the East Bay is taking BRT to a new level as AC Transit teams with the cities of Oakland and San Leandro to bring relief to passengers travelling between and within the two communities.
Starting in 2017, a new fleet of hybrid buses will whisk passengers along a 9.5-mile route between downtown Oakland and San Leandro BART.
In many ways, BRT improves upon traditional rail transit systems. Vehicles travel in exclusive lanes, avoiding traffic. Passengers walk to comfortable stations, pay their fares in the station, and board through multiple doors like a train. Service is frequent and fast. Vehicles will be zero-emission buses.
There is a lot of work to be done before the first BRT vehicle rolls. The project will create significant economic and employment opportunities. And it will adhere to strict environmental and regulatory standards.
AC Transit is committed to keeping the community informed at every step of the journey.
On this website, there are pages dedicated to every aspect of the project – from construction updates and information on opportunities to get involved to stories about interesting destinations along the route and passenger information. There is a section on frequently asked questions and a repository of documents relating to design, regulatory and financial aspects of the project.
It’s our goal to make this website a living community resource.