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Kept In The Dark About Bus Rapid Transit - Part II

October 16, 2017

I was down around 88th Avenue and International in East Oakland a couple of weeks ago when I heard a young man ask his friend what was going on with International Boulevard. He was referring to the two full lanes of International blocked off between 85th and 88th or so to accommodate all of that major street construction going on in the middle lanes and the median.

“They fixing to run a train out there,” his friend told him. “And they going to make International one-way.”

The friend was wrong on both counts, but you can’t blame him for being so misinformed about AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. There’s no-one responsible for the International Boulevard street construction that seems to be making any effort to inform him and people like him about the most important and far-reaching public transportation construction project in the East Bay since the building of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system some 60 years ago. [To Complete Column]