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May 4, 2012 > Bus Rapid Transit moves forward

Bus Rapid Transit moves forward

Major milestone for BRT system

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

The AC Transit Board of Directors has approved a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan that will make cleaner, more efficient bus service - reducing commute time and traffic - in Oakland and San Leandro.

The Board certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on April 25, 2012, moving the $153M BRT project a step closer to design, construction, the creation of as many as 300 jobs over a two-year period and the prompting of other local economic development.

"This is a major milestone," said AC Transit General Manager David Armijo. "The Board's vote means our vision of improved bus service, reduced traffic and lower vehicle emissions along that corridor is a step closer to reality."

With construction expected to begin in 2014, the system could be fully operational in 2016.

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