AC Transit has committed more than $8.8 million to mitigate the effects of constructing the East Bay Rapid Transit project.
Over the next three years, a number of construction programs will transform the 9.5-mile route — from Downtown Oakland to the San Leandro BART station — to accommodate a 21st Century bus system that travels in dedicated lanes.
The $8.8 million committed to lessening the impacts of construction will complement another $10.7 million the transit agency and the City of Oakland are investing in programs to mitigate the effects on business along the route.
The first two construction projects – the Advanced Utility Relocation and Fruitvale Bypass – will begin soon and last into June.
The utility relocation project involves moving infrastructure – sewer and water pipes, gas and power lines – to make way for construction of new BRT stations along East 12th Street and International Boulevard. Some private sewer connections will be upgraded in the process.
Traffic flow will be interrupted at times and some parking spaces will be unavailable during construction. A pair of off-street parking lots – one in Elmhurst and one in Fruitvale — are being readied to mitigate the effects of the lost spaces. Please check this website for updates.
Signage will re-route traffic along temporary routes, direct motorists to interim parking and provide information on businesses open during the construction phrase.
The Fruitvale Bypass is a traffic congestion mitigation improvement project that will improve a parallel roadway on the west side of the BRT corridor, between 29th and 33rd avenues. These improvements are to accommodate local vehicles; BRT buses will not travel along or in this project area.
The new Elmhurst and Fruitvale parking lots also will help mitigate the effects of the Fruitvale construction.
In both projects, dust control mitigation will assure air quality and a storm water runoff prevention program will assure water quality is maintained. Noise containment measures include limiting construction to daytime hours within 500 feet of residences.
The construction projects will affect the marathon route of the Oakland Running Festival in March but should not impact either Cinco de Mayo events in Fruitvale or Bike to Work day in mid-May.
The BRT construction communications manager will keep the community updated via this BRT website (www.brt.actransit.org), newsletters, mailers, community meetings and a 24-hour hotline. Contact Community Relations Construction Managers Geoffrey Johnson and Jorge C. Velasco, who serve as liaisons to AC Transit and the contractor, and are here to help the community during construction: