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AC Transit Opens First Dedicated Transit Lane

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), Oakland, CA, recently partnered with the city of Berkeley to open the East Bay area’s first dedicated public transit-only lane—painted a distinctive red to warn motorists and cyclists to stay out.

The three-block-long dedicated lane, known as the Bancroft West Pilot, is the first phase in a three-phase project that will represent more than $6 million in infrastructure improvements in the city.

AC Transit Board of Directors President Elsa Ortiz said, “Red transit-only lanes were piloted in San Francisco several years ago and resulted in a travel time improvement of up to 27 percent for their public transit system. AC Transit is hoping to mirror that reliability for the 10,000 trips our riders take within the Southside area [near the University of California at Berkeley].”

AC Transit General Manager Michael Hursh said, “Our research found where installed, the painted lanes have proven to reduce collisions, risky driving behavior, dramatically reduce the risk of cars merging into the bus and will diminish motorists suddenly stopping in front of a bus to parallel park.”

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said the lane “incorporates thoughtful design, considerable public input including local business interest and leaders in accessible bikeways and streets. Best of all, the cost of installation is minimal but the lane’s safety benefit to Berkeley’s pedestrians, cyclists, seniors and motorists is immeasurable.”
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