East Bay BRT Project

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Objective

Provide project development support to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) for the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project to improve transit services in a 17-mile corridor connecting the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro.

Our Approach

Cambridge Systematics has provided support to AC Transit through a series of contracts totaling $11 million. Key project development activities have included:

  • Major Investment Study (MIS). This phase examined a range of alternatives to improve transit in the corridor and identified a preferred BRT alternative that was adopted by AC Transit and was included in the financially constrained Regional Transportation Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Conceptual Engineering and Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/R). The DEIS/R summarizes ridership, transit service, engineering, construction, cost, traffic, parking, and other environmental impacts of building and operating the proposed BRT service. The traffic analysis evaluated 88 intersections using traditional methods (Synchro) as well as microsimulation (VISSIM). The parking analysis included evaluating parking availability, impacts, and mitigation at key locations throughout the corridor.
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Small Starts Application. A ridership and user benefits methodology and system consistent with FTA guidelines was developed that accounted for the unique features of the proposed BRT system and peculiarities of the County‚Äôs travel demand model. The BRT project has been approved by FTA into the Small Starts program and is one of the few projects in the program with an overall high rating.
  • Public Outreach and Stakeholder Involvement. All phases of project development have included extensive outreach to stakeholder agencies, policy-makers, community businesses, community organizations, and the general public to identify and address their issues and to develop a consensus on how best to implement the new BRT service.

Project Results

Currently, Cambridge Systematics is leading the effort to develop a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (FEIS/R) for the project and obtain a Record of Decision. The FEIS/R will update the analyses conducted for the DEIS/R, respond to public and agency comments received on the DEIS/R, and document the preferred BRT alternative and design to be carried forward into project implementation.