Bus-Only Lanes and Rapid Bus

What We’ve Heard

Community Focus Groups shared the following input:

  • Bus-only lanes are a priority in San Leandro
  • Faster bus service is a priority throughout the corridor

The technical analysis showed that:

  • Today, bus travel speeds are the slowest in the San Leandro, Ashland/Cherryland, and Hayward areas
  • Both dedicated bus-only lanes and Rapid Bus service increase bus ridership and make traveling by bus faster
  • Bus only lanes provide a greater transit benefit than Rapid Bus
  • Bus-only lanes also require tradeoffs to travel lanes and/or on-street parking to fit within the existing roadway right of way

Long-term Vision – 2040

The long-term vision for the corridor includes bus-only lanes from San Leandro BART to South Hayward BART and Rapid Bus improvements from South Hayward BART to Warm Springs BART.

What’s Happening Soon

  • East Bay Bus Rapid Transit from Oakland to San Leandro BART – opening in 2020
  • San Leandro BART to Bay Fair BART – options will be analyzed for improvements by 2027
  • Bay Fair BART to Warm Springs BART – complete design and community outreach for Rapid Bus

Features of Rapid Bus

  • Express bus service with fewer stops to speed up buses
  • Local routes continue to operate at all stops to maintain coverage
  • Low-floor buses to help riders get on and off faster
  • Special “green light” traffic signal technology reduces traffic delays
  • Bus stops may include boarding islands so buses do not block bike lanes
  • Bus stops have real time arrival data for the next bus
  • Rapid bus stops can be shared with local routes
  • Future technology advances will allow for increased efficiency
  • Floating islands to speed up buses

Features of Bus-Only Lanes

  • Part of BRT (bus rapid transit) system
  • Dedicated bus travel lanes
  • Buses have a speed advantage compared to automobiles
  • Raised bus stop platforms for passengers to get on and off the bus – vehicle does not have to “kneel”
  • Tickets are purchased on the platform, not on the bus
  • Special “green light” traffic signal technology reduces traffic delays
  • Bus stops have real time arrival data for the next bus
  • Separate stops for BRT and local bus service
  • Amenities like wifi, cushioned seats, and space for luggage on the bus

Bus-only lanes may be in the center of the street or along the outside curb.

Let Us Know Your Thoughts

  • If improvements were made and you took the bus, how often would you use it?
  • After submitting your response, you can read about other types of improvements and share additional thoughts.

Microtransit in Fremont

Today, most of the trips along Fremont Blvd. stay within the City of Fremont, making this area a good candidate for flexible, on-demand service.

Features of microtransit:

  • On-demand service
  • Flexible route and schedule
  • Uses small shuttles or vans
  • Examples include AC Transit Flex
Benefits Include:

  • Broader community access to transit
  • Increased overall transit ridership