City Panel to Discuss Bus Rapid Transit

By Richard Brenneman
Friday May 18, 2007

Berkeley’s Transportation and Planning commissions and the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC) will meet with representatives of AC Transit next Thursday night, May 24, to talk about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). 

The bus agency hopes to create dedicated bus lanes that will enable commuters to make relatively fast trips along a 17-mile corridor connecting Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro. 

If approved, the project could lead to major changes in the streetscapes of Telegraph and Shattuck avenues and Adeline Street. 

BRT plans are playing a key role in DAPAC’s discussions about the new downtown plan, and the proposal has the strong backing of the Transportation Commission. 

Thursday’s joint meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m., has been shoehorned into the agenda of the Transportation Commission meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. 

The meeting will be held in the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 

The project’s Draft Environmental Impact Review will be the subject of another meeting June 14, a public hearing that will be held at 7 p.m., also in the North Berkeley Senior Center. 

The environmental documents are available online at the AC Transit website. 

Copies are also available at the Main, South and Claremont branches of the Berkeley Public Library, and at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall.