|OaklandBRT Meeting Dates |
Bus Rapid Transit has been described as "light-rail without the rails." BRT is AC Transit's proposed plan to improving transit along Telegraph Ave and International Blvd. in Oakland. BRT is being used all over the world to make transit faster and more reliable by incorporating a variety of features such as bus-only lanes, real-time arrival information, signal priority, level boarding and more, according to AC Transit.
"AC Transit is fighting to keep public transit options open," Samantha Robinson said. "We want to make public transit better so that people actually PREFER to take the bus, and that's what we've seen Bus Rapid Transit do in other cities across the US and world."
Robinson added that BRT will "make getting to Laney a lot easier for many people."
Oakland City Council members want input on the proposed plan. Meetings will be held throughout Oakland beginning tonight to discuss the plan. Throughout the process, unfortunately, students have not been very actively involved in the process.
Below is a 3D Simulation of what AC Transit's East Bay BRT could look like:
More information is available on the City of Oakland's BRT website, as well as AC Transit's BRT website.