Oakland, Calif.-based AC Transit’s board of directors 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, moving the $153 million 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 GM David Armijo. “The board’s vote means that 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 by 2016.