San Leandro Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Meeting Presentation

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Presentation given at meetings in San Leandro for public feedback on proposed East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

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San Leandro Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Meeting Presentation

  1. 1. AC Transit: East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Welcome! AC Transit, 2009
  2. 2. Meeting Agenda & Guidelines 6:30 – 7:00 Open House 7:00 – 7:30 Presentation 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A 8:00 – 8:30 Open House • Please hold questions and comments until after the presentation • Raise your hand to be called upon • Listen and respect one another • Respect time limits • Please turn cell phones off, down AC Transit, 2009
  3. 3. Meeting Purpose • Describe revised proposal for East Bay BRT – Background, process, project purpose and need • Explain how community input has helped shape current proposal • Review changes to San Leandro section • Collect feedback to present to policy makers • Summarize funding and next steps AC Transit, 2009
  4. 4. Presentation Overview • Overview of East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) • San Leandro planning, context and process • BRT benefits and trade-offs • Project revisions • Next steps AC Transit, 2009
  5. 5. Project Overview • East Bay BRT as proposed to provide improved transit service, connecting the cities of San Leandro, Oakland and Berkeley – Proposal is a response to projected growth in the region and need for improved transit service – Recent changes support San Leandro’s planning goals – BRT provides an alternative to the automobile • (AB 32 – SB 375) AC Transit, 2009
  6. 6. What is BRT? Improved Speed, Improved Reliability Bus lanes Remove interference from traffic Level Quicker and easier to get boarding on and off the bus Off-bus fare Eliminate hassles and payment delays at farebox Real-time Improves reliability for arrival signs riders Traffic signal Reduce delays at signals priority AC Transit, 2009
  7. 7. The East Bay BRT Corridor AC Transit, 2009
  8. 8. East 14th at 143rd Avenue Current 8 AC Transit, 2009
  9. 9. East 14th at 143rd Avenue Proposed 9 AC Transit, 2009
  10. 10. Presentation Overview • Overview of East Bay BRT • San Leandro planning, context and process • BRT benefits and trade-offs • Project revisions • Next steps AC Transit, 2009
  11. 11. BRT Planning Process Draft Refine Final Detailed Construc- Environmental Locally Environ Design tion Major Investment Study (DEIS/R) - Preferred mental Study 4 Alternatives Alternative Study - Studied FEIS/R 2002 2003 - 2007 2008 - 2010 2010 2010 - 2012 2012 - 2015 AC Transit, 2009
  12. 12. BRT Planning Process: Previous Community Input Draft Environmental Major Investment Study (DEIS/R) - Study 4 Alternatives Studied 2002 2003 - 2007 • In 2007, AC Transit presented alternatives for BRT and received extensive feedback AC Transit, 2009
  13. 13. BRT Planning Process: Previous Community Input Draft Refine Environmental Locally Major Investment Study (DEIS/R) - Preferred Study 4 Alternatives Alternative Studied 2002 2003 - 2007 2008 - 2010 • Community identified key issues at meetings held in 2007 and 2008 – Circulation and median, parking, traffic, lane reduction • Changes made to support San Leandro’s future plans, community input – AC Transit and San Leandro worked to jointly develop the revised proposal AC Transit, 2009
  14. 14. BRT Planning Process: Fall/Winter 2009 Refine Final Locally Environ Preferred mental Alternative Study - FEIS/R We 2010 are here • Present revised proposal for BRT in San Leandro • Gather community feedback on the revised proposal • Present proposal for BRT and community feedback to policy makers AC Transit, 2009
  15. 15. BRT Planning Process: Fall/Winter 2009 Refine Final Detailed Construc- Locally Environ Design tion Preferred mental Alternative Study - FEIS/R 2010 2010-2012 2012-2015 • Additional opportunities for extensive community input – Planning Commission, Facilities Committee and City Council • During final detailed design, San Leandro will review and provide input on a variety of details AC Transit, 2009
  16. 16. Consider the Future of San Leandro • Consider: What do you want San Leandro to look like in 2015, 2020 and beyond? • San Leandro has exciting long-range plans • Transportation is a key factor in community health and quality of life • Transportation challenges are faced by all communities AC Transit, 2009
  17. 17. Presentation Overview • Overview of East Bay BRT • San Leandro planning, context and process • BRT benefits and trade-offs • Project revisions • Next steps AC Transit, 2009
  18. 18. Big Picture: Future Traffic Congestion Cycle AC Transit, 2009
  19. 19. Big Picture: Breaking the Cycle To break the cycle, transit must provide an alternative to the automobile: – Attract more riders – Become faster, more frequent and more reliable – Provide more comfortable and safer ride • easier boarding, fewer hassles – Reduce operating costs and improve financial stability of system – Link transportation and land use • support sustainable growth, reduce environmental impacts of transportation AC Transit, 2009
  20. 20. Proven to Increase Ridership • Los Angeles, California: – Orange Line met 20-year ridership expectations in first 7 months • Eugene, Oregon: – EmX ridership doubled in first 9 months • Las Vegas, Nevada: – MAX increased ridership in corridor by 25% • Elsewhere: – New York, NY – Boston, MA – Cleveland, OH – Cities in Florida and other US states – Europe, South America AC Transit, 2009
  21. 21. Dedicated Bus Lane & Transit Time Savings Downtown San Leandro Existing Bus BRT Time to… Travel Time* Savings Bayfair Center 20 min 5 min San Leandro Hospital 12 4 Fruitvale Commercial District 28 8 Eastlake Commercial District 37 10 Lake Merritt, Laney College 41 10 Oakland City Center 42 11 Summit Medical Center 50 12 UC Berkeley 67 15 * PM peak period, includes 6 minutes wait time 21 AC Transit, 2009
  22. 22. BRT Helps the Natural Environment • BRT reduces vehicle BRT affects … travel by 9,300 trips per Fuel Consumption day Greenhouse Gas 210,000 Production • BRT reduces vehicle gallons travel by 21,000 miles per per year* 1,900 day tons of CO2 per year** * CO2 and CO2 equivalents ** Estimated using US EPA methodology AC Transit, 2009
  23. 23. BRT Helps the Social and Business Environment • 33% of residents and jobs BRT Route within ½ mile • Consistent with and supports San Leandro’s plans – E. 14th Street North Area Plan – Downtown TOD – South Area Plan – General Plan • Large investments followed BRT projects in Pittsburgh, Boston, Eugene and Cleveland AC Transit, 2009
  24. 24. Impacts and Tradeoffs • Trade-offs involved – Increase travel time for autos – Some parking lost – Changes to circulation, including inconvenience/longer trips for some AC Transit, 2009
  25. 25. Presentation Overview • Overview of East Bay BRT • San Leandro planning, context and process • BRT benefits and trade-offs • Project revisions • Next steps AC Transit, 2009
  26. 26. What We Heard • What we heard – Preserve parking – Minimize traffic impacts – Provide for pedestrian safety – Consider other San Leandro planning efforts – Preserve and enhance local service • What we changed… AC Transit, 2009
  27. 27. San Leandro Overview: Dedicated Bus Lane & BRT Stations ra nt Du ia org Ge ier B eg Key BRT Route i ll o tud Es es Bus-Only Lane lor in Median Do k b roo th 6 BRT Station Esta 13 rd BRT Dedicated 3 14 th Lanes Removed 8 14 th 0 15 ir yfa r ai r Ba ente F T C ay AR B B AC Transit, 2009
  28. 28. North San Leandro • End dedicated lane at Durant Sunnyside Dr./Georgia r. Way eD sid Su n ny • Eliminated traffic and parking impacts near Georgia Dutton Ave. – Still provides high quality BRT experience • Revised BRT design to Begier be consistent with East 14th Street North Area Plan AC Transit, 2009
  29. 29. East 14th at Haas Current 29 AC Transit, 2009
  30. 30. East 14th at Haas Proposed 30 AC Transit, 2009
  31. 31. East 14th at Haas Proposed (continued) 31 AC Transit, 2009
  32. 32. Downtown San Leandro Georgia • No dedicated lanes, no major Begier changes proposed • No traffic or parking impacts Estudillo • Still provides high quality BRT experience Dolores Estabrook AC Transit, 2009
  33. 33. South San Leandro Estabrook • Southbound lane ends just north of Bancroft/ Hesperian 136th – Lesser benefits, retain 143rd parking • Modified median 148th design – U-turns for improved 150th circulation – Minor inconvenience Bayfair Center for some – Safer auto/pedestrian environment Bay Fair BART AC Transit, 2009
  34. 34. Community Issue: Circulation & Median • Improves pedestrian Pedestrian Crossing and auto safety at Safe Zones intersections • Preserves all existing and planned crosswalks • Landscaping enhances pedestrian experience – Increases green space – Improves neighborhood attractiveness AC Transit, 2009
  35. 35. Community Issue: Dedicated Bus Lane & Travel Time Comparison No BRT: No BRT: BRT BRT * Bus estimates include wait time Auto Bus Auto Bus Downtown to San Leandro 4.0 11.9 Hospital/Palma Plaza 5.1 min 7.8 min (E. 14th & Estudillo to 136th) min min McKinley School to Bayfair Center 7.3 16.8 9.4 12.3 (E. 14th & Estabrook to Bayfair) Durant Square to Storm Block (E. 14th & Durant to 143rd) 7.8 17.5 9.9 12.4 AC Transit, 2009
  36. 36. Summary of Trade-offs • Minor parking loss in some areas • Slightly longer travel times for drivers • Some motorists would have some out of direction travel – Some restrictions to access/turns – In some directions, slightly longer travel distance AC Transit, 2009
  37. 37. Summary of Benefits • BRT would provide an environmentally superior way to travel the corridor – Only transit certified by Kyoto Protocol for reducing carbon emissions • BRT would provide alternative to auto – Increase transit speed and reliability – Improve attractiveness of transit and rider comfort – Support pedestrian-friendly future and promote economic development • Preserve operating efficiency AC Transit, 2009
  38. 38. Summary of Key Changes Made • Reduced length of dedicated bus lanes to stop north of Dutton Ave. • Reduced parking loss – Maintain 15% parking vacancy • Parking available approximately when and where you need it • No change to downtown • Added through and/or turn lanes south of downtown • Insured intersections meet City guidelines for delay • Confirmed consistency with San Leandro plans • Evaluating East-West service to feed BRT system AC Transit, 2009
  39. 39. Recent Feedback • Areas of consistent feedback heard from October 2009 meetings with community & stakeholders: – Truck parking in North San Leandro – Circulation, parking and emergency vehicle access at 143rd – Access to the Post Office at 145th AC Transit, 2009
  40. 40. Presentation Overview • Overview of East Bay BRT • San Leandro planning, context and process • BRT benefits and trade-offs • Project revisions • Next steps AC Transit, 2009
  41. 41. Next Steps: BRT Timeline Fall/Winter Spring Summer BRT begins 2009 2010 2010 operating: 2015 San Leandro City Feedback Councils Berkeley Locally City FEIS/ Detailed Construction Preferred Feedback Councils FEIR Design Alternative Selected Oakland City Feedback Councils AC Transit, 2009
  42. 42. Cost & Funding • Initial capital cost: $234M • Funding sources for capital costs: – Alameda County sales tax – Bridge tolls (Regional Measure 2) – State of California – US federal government AC Transit, 2009
  43. 43. We Need Your Feedback • What about the proposed BRT in San Leandro do you like? What could be improved? • Are there any other issues regarding BRT that AC Transit should study? AC Transit, 2009
  44. 44. Open House Please feel free to approach any representative with questions and comments. Thank you! • 6:30 – 7:00 Open House • 7:00 – 7:30 Presentation • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A • 8:00 – 8:30 Open House AC Transit, 2009
  45. 45. For More Information Contact the BRT Planning Office • (510) 891-4755 • Planning@actransit.org Visit us online • www.actforme.org • www.actransit.org/planning_focus/brt/ AC Transit, 2009

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