Bus Rapid Transit on Downtown Panel Agenda

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday June 26, 2007

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the hottest ticket on the Berkeley transportation horizon, is up for discussion again tonight (Tuesday). 

This time it’s the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee’s transportation subcommittee that is taking up the $400 million project that could change the streetscapes of downtown and Telegraph Avenue. 

The committee will be working on a collection of statements of concern to be submitted to AC Transit in time for consideration in the agency’s environmental impact report on the project. 

To be considered in the final report, all issues have to be raised before the week is out. 

The subcommittee, composed of members of DAPAC and the city’s Transportation Commission, is currently working on a draft chapter on access and transportation for inclusion in the new downtown plan. 

DAPAC has until the end of November to prepare statements for inclusion in a new downtown plan being created as one of the conditions of a settlement of a city lawsuit challenging UC Berkeley’s adoption of development plans through 2020. 

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way.