As the BRT route turns onto International Boulevard, it is on the doorstep of the Oakland Unified School District headquarters. The Kaiser corporate center is also nearby, making this a major jobs center.

The community takes its name from the adjacent Lake Merritt, home to a boating center, gardens and a children’s fairyland. All are a short walk from the BRT route.


Lake Merritt – an urban treasure

Lake Merritt is considered the heart and soul of Oakland. Bird watching, paddleboats, live music, and waterfront restaurants are just some of the attractions East Bay BRT riders can experience here.

In 1869, Dr. Samuel Merritt donated 155 acres of tidal water and the addition of a dam created a lake in the heart of Oakland. Since then, Lake Merritt has been the focal point and jewel of the city. People from all over gravitate to this picturesque man-made lake east of Downtown Oakland to enjoy what is the only salt-water lake in the United States located in a downtown metropolitan area.

Great for exercising, Lake Merritt is 3.4 miles around with multi-use paths that are very popular among walkers, bikers, and joggers.

The Lakeside attractions are for everyone. Conveniently located a short walk off the East Bay BRT, you can enjoy the picnic areas, discover the wildlife and go bird watching at the Rotary Nature Center. The Children’s Fairyland — which includes rides, storybook themed attractions, and theatre arts inspired by Walk Disney — is the place where every kid can use their imagination. There is also the Lake Merritt Boating Center where you can rent sailboats and kayaks.

The community also comes to the Lake Merritt area to experience some of the best restaurants in town. A neighborhood favorite — Lake Chalet — is right on the water and perfect for happy hours on the dock. The farmer’s market located adjacent to Lakeshore Avenue is open on Saturdays, giving the community a new way to enjoy both fresh produce and lunch.

Access to Lake Merritt is just a short walk from the East Bay BRT route, making your adventure to the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland simple and easy.

Culture Center open to all

Looking for a place to explore your artistic and cultural expression?

Visit the Eastside Cultural Center on the East Bay BRT route in the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland.

The center was built by the Eastside Arts Alliance to provide a creative environment for residents and local artists to gather in the community. The center offers public programs that focus on empowerment and brings people of all ages, races, and cultural background together.

Eastside creates a dialogue of understanding by providing an open forum for artists to express themselves. It also hosts town hall meetings, after school art programs, and film screenings for the public.

Take East Bay BRT to the center’s annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival, which draws thousands of people from the Bay Area to San Antonio Park.

This center doesn’t just act as a vibrant and colorful building for artists to visit. On the second level, Eastside Cultural Center also offers 16 affordable housing units to the community. One bedroom and studio apartments, and even live/work commercial units are available.

Opportunity awaits at Laney College

Whether you’re interested in obtaining your associate’s degree, starting down the road toward transferring to a four-year college or university, or you just want to take a class to stay busy or learn something new, Laney College is at your service.

More than 14,000 students attend classes in everything from chemistry to journalism, culinary arts to mathematics, machine technology to ethnic studies. The atmosphere and energy of its campus provide a nurturing environment for its diverse audience.

Getting to campus is convenient and easy—just ride the East Bay BRT to get to your classes all year round. Laney College is the largest of the four Peralta Community Colleges that offer academic and enrichment programs. Its campus is located just a few blocks from Chinatown.

Laney College’s opportunities and curriculum are geared to the socioeconomic and cultural needs of the Bay Area. With a mission to enrich the education of every individual in the community, its faculty and staff can help students work toward college readiness and career technical skills.

Every Laney College student also has access to a career center, counseling services, support services and financial aid. An expansive Technology Center with over 100 computer workstations provides students with access to the Internet and state-of-the-art tools.

Students can enroll for spring, summer and fall sessions. View the current catalog here.