$15M Grant Award for AC Transit

Mary King

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) announced last week that the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Agency (AC Transit) has been awarded a $15 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation through its Federal Transit Administration program.
The funds from this grant award will be used to support AC Transit’s state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, including dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, real-time bus arrival information and 47 bus stations from the downtown Berkeley BART station to the downtown San Leandro BART Station, and would run through downtown Oakland along the Telegraph Avenue, International Boulevard and East 14th Street corridor. The BRT will provide high-quality, fast, and frequent express bus service along a 14 mile heavily urbanized corridor. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 and will be completed in 2014.
“One of the things that gives me great delight is that it is a reinforcement of AC’s transit commitment to the Bus Rapid Transit,”  said AC Transit interim general manager Mary King.  “At this point, this is the only way that federal money in large amounts will be flowing to transit projects.  We believe that the BRT is one of the best ways to capture it.  The California legislative delegation is owed a debt of gratitude, especially congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Diane Feinstein for their long time dedication to the BRT Project.”