"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair

BRT: Bus Rapid Transit.
Cost: $250-$400 million, and 2 or 3 lanes of Telegraph.
Does it have your approval?
Get informed!

Bart + BRT
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Telegraph at Webster, with BRT
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Telegraph with a lane removed (during recent resurfacing.) Add this line of cars to the computer-generated picture above and you have a more probable view of the BRT future.

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Will the lane alterations required by BRT on Telegraph and in Downtown Berkeley have an impact on auto access, merchant vitality and pedestrian quality which is justified by BRT's benefit?

In Downtown Berkeley. Shattuck at Bancroft, Existing
Shattuck at Bancroft with BRT
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Why does BART run underground throughout Berkeley while other East Bay cities are split by its elevated rails? Because Berkeley voters of the 1960's insisted on a choice!

In 1964 BART planned elevated tracks through Berkeley . But Berkeleyans contested this with a 1966 ballot measure. We voted to underground the tracks, and passed a local bond to finance it.

Measure KK is in the same tradition: today's opportunity to keep the bureaucrats from a big mistake what would harm neighborhoods.

Relevant and Interesting History
A History of the Key Decisions in the Development of Bay Area Rapid Transit (McDonald and Smart; BART Impact Program; 1975) 32mb pdf

"Route location engineering was underfunded from the start."  Excerpt of above concerning public-driven BART design changes, starring Berkeley 1.8mb

  • Is AC Transit, operator of a municipal bus system, qualified to assume 100% responsibility for design and construction of a huge urban infrastructure project which will radically and permanently alter major arteries from San Leandro to Downtown Berkeley?

  • State your views at public meetings.
    Contact the mayor and the city council:

    BRT is not a "done deal", and your opinion does matter.
    Campaign Literature

    The mayor, city council, local Sierra Club, planning community and bus manufacturers have spent heavily to stifle grassroots effort to disseminate information and discussion. Every Berkeley voter received this "literature" featuring polar bears but containing almost no information. Though the DEIR admitted that BRT will have almost zero net improvement of carbon footprint, this literature stayed clear of facts.

    The Alternative we Advocate:

    Rapid Bus Plus (.pdf)

    "Rapid Bus Plus" in Daily Planet link to Daily Planet article

    A Neighbor's Proposal: Rapid Bus Plus

    Berkeley Daily Planet coverage of BRT

    The Facts of Bus Rapid Transit 9/18

    A Response to False Claims about Measure KK 9/18

    City Won't Sue Over Anti-BRT Initiative 7/10/08 By Judith Scherr The Berkeley City Council huddled behind closed doors Tuesday evening to consider whether the city should file suit to keep the measure off the ballot. -more-

    Bus Rapid Transit May Be Headed For November Vote 5/22

    It's Big, It's Boondogglicious ó Let the Voters Decide! 5/22

    An Attempt at BRT Shepherding 3/7

    BRT Would Have A Negative Impact on our Neighborhood 6/19/07

    Bus Rapid Transit Won't Be Rapid, But It Will Be a Bus...t 6/19/07

    Berkeley Daily Planet readers letters on Telegraph Ave BRT

    Speeding Up Buses Without Screwing Up Telegraph

    BRT Benefits Outweigh Inconveniences

    Pro-BRT Info from Transportation and Land Use Coalition

    Flyers, Fact Sheets

    About BRT On Telegraph flyer

    Facts (w/ footnotes!) From the DEIR and from city documents

    Letter to City Commissions from BBTOP

    "Facts" - MS Word version
    Letter to Planning and Transpo Commissions - MS Word Version

    Views by Telegraph Avenue Businesses

    Slide shows by AC with computer-simulated views

    BRT Downtown Berkeley Slides Summer 07.ppt from AC

    BRT Downtown Berkeley Slides May 05.ppt from AC

    Chronicle Coverage

    What a lonely, strange trip it was by Tom Meyer, July 10, 2008

    East Bay Express Coverage

    Bumps in the Road by Kathleen Richards, June 27, 2007

    Comments on BRT Draft Environmental Impact Report

    Willard Neighborhood Assocation Opposes BRT in Letter to Mayor (see pages 7-9) (pdf)

    Very detailed comments on the BRT Draft Environmentall Report (pdf) by Sharon Hudson - Recommended

    Planning Commission (pdf)

    Downtown Committee (pdf)

    University Comments (pdf)

    AC Transit Links

    BRT Draft EIR in One 23.6M Piece .pdf from AC

    Environmental Impact Report and Public Comment

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    BBTOP is a handful of citizen and a couple of merchants who share concern about Telegraph Avenue, central downtown, effective transit and use of public funds. BBTOP's efforts to inform citizens about BRT has won it not a single friend in the local bureaucracies which would like to book the $400 million the system is expected to cost. In August, 2008, the Berkeley City Council met in closed session to consider suing BBTOP for the "misconduct" of bringing its initiative to the ballot.

    Is there sense in trying to make Americans forsake their cars by making driving in Berkeley only more objectionable? (which is, some say, the reason many Berkeley commission members support this and other measures impeding local automobile use.)

    The Times reports that ridership on mass transit is surging thanks to high gasoline prices. Good. But Ö as of 2005, only 4.7 percent of American workers took mass transit to work. So even a 10% surge in mass transit ridership would take only around half a percent of drivers off the road. The point isnít that nothing can be done ó itís just that serious reductions in driving would require a lot of long-term rearrangement of the way we live. It will come ó but not quickly.
    (Paul Krugman: "Sick Transit")

    And there are, as always in America, the issues of race and class. Despite the gentrification that has taken place in some inner cities, and the plunge in national crime rates to levels not seen in decades, it will be hard to shake the longstanding American association of higher-density living with poverty and personal danger.
    Still, if we're heading for a prolonged era of scarce, expensive oil, Americans will face increasingly strong incentives to start living like Europeans ó maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of our lives. (Krugman; Stranded in Surburbia)

    Revised 12/26/08   Bruce Wicinas for BBTOP     bwicinas@pacbell.net