About BRT

A new and innovative bus service is coming to the East Bay: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

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 visit www.actransit.org/brt for more information.

Benefits of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Frequent and Reliable – This fleet of brand new hybrid-electric buses will arrive at least every 10 minutes during peak times, reducing wait times! Traveling mostly through a bus-only lane will result in improved transit speed. Emergency responders will have access to the bus-only lanes at all times.

Accessible – The bus floor and the station platform are at the same level to ease the boarding experience for people in wheelchairs or with strollers. Median stations will reduce street crossing distance.

Innovative – Transit signal technology helps buses and traffic flow. Clipper Card readers installed on the platforms will quicken the boarding process. Buses are hybrid- electric and low emission. Bicyclists will enjoy new bike lanes along the corridor bike racks at bus stations and on-board bike storage.

Safe – BRT riders and pedestrians along the corridor will enjoy the added features of improved lighting, state-of-the-art camera systems, new landscaped medians, sidewalks, high visibility crosswalks and new pavement.

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Major BRT construction beginning ended in spring 2020

In an effort to minimize disruptions to the community, underground sewer and utility services were previously relocated. New BRT construction along the corridor happened over six separately timed stages. To help address traffic congestion, we redesigned the intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and San Leandro Street and built two new parking lots in the Elmhurst and Fruitvale neighborhoods.

Our next step was to build BRT’s 21 center-median stations and 12 curbside stations. Each station features hallmark artwork, new pavement, walkways and native landscaping. Crews also excavated and installed nearly 10 miles of new blacktop—curb-to-curb—designed to last as long as 20 years. Better BRT lanes means a better road to homes and businesses. BRT benefits the local economy and created jobs and opportunities for local businesses during construction of the project.

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WATCH THE BRT PROJECT VIDEO IN ENGLISH

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Download the latest Fact Sheets:
Fact Sheet – English 03/2020
Fact Sheet – Spanish 03/2020
Fact Sheet – Chinese 03/2020
Fact Sheet – Vietnamese 03/2020
Fact Sheet – Arabic 03/2020

 

BRT Creates Jobs for the Community
During Design and Construction:

Local Hire:
Goal of 50% of all hours worked on the project are to be performed by Oakland and San Leandro residents.

Apprentice Utilization:
20% of all hours worked on the project are to be performed by apprentices.

Disadvantaged Workers:
Goal of 25% of all apprentice hours are to be performed by individuals with barriers to employment.

During Operations:
Increased job openings for Bus operators, Bus mechanics, Custodial service workers, and Groundskeepers to name a few.

BRT Invests in the Local Economy: OVER $169 MILLION TO DATE
20% Small Business Enterprises and a utilization goal of 8% for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

Professional Services Contracts: District awarded several contracts during the project execution phase.
Parsons Transportation Group – Design services – $25 million
Gannett Fleming – Program and Construction Management Services – $13 million
CH2M Hill – Construction Management Services – $6.75 million
Public Engagement/Community Outreach Services – $1.25 million
Artistic Enhancement Contract – $1.6 million
TOTAL INVESTMENT TO DATE: $47.6 MILLION

Construction Contracts: District awarded four multi-million-dollar construction contracts to Oakland and Bay area local firms:
BP1 – Utility Relocation Project – Maguire Hester – $6.0 million
BP2 – Parking Lots and Street Improvement Project – Redgwick – $4.5 million
BP3 – Infrastructure and Station Platforms Projects – OC Jones – $108.0 million
Integrated Art Enhancement Fabrication – $1.5 million
Remodel Construction Field Office – $0.3 million
TOTAL INVESTMENT TO DATE: $120.3 MILLION