AC Transit’s East Bay BRT project is one of several “full” or “true” BRT projects existing or planned in the Bay Area, including the recently completed Alum Rock-Santa Clara project in San Jose, the under-construction Van Ness project in San Francisco, and phase two of the Geary project in San Francisco. Each will feature bus lanes in the median of a major street, with island platforms, although of the projects, East Bay BRT — an upgrade of the East Oakland core of AC Transit’s Line 1R on International Boulevard — will have the greatest extent of center transit-only lanes. Previously, the project extended up Telegraph Avenue through North Oakland to the UC campus and Downtown Berkeley, but townies who graduated Cal in the ’60s and ’70s were less concerned with green, affordable transportation options for current and future students, and more concerned about traffic and parking. Anyway, this prototype line map includes one idea that is kind of neat, if I must say so myself: a custom compass for the East Bay.
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