The board of directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) has chosen to award a $108m contract to O.C. Jones & Sons for the construction of a 9.5-mile roadway project in California.
The scope of the contract will include the construction of the infrastructure and station platforms for AC Transit’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, which is being developed in three separate projects. O.C. Jones & Sons received the contract for the third project.
AC Transit’s BRT will operate between downtown Oakland and San Leandro, mainly utilising International Boulevard and East 14th Street. The BRT will make direct connections to 46 bus lines, five BART stations, and the Oakland Airport, via transfers with Line 73 between Eastmont Transit Center and Oakland Airport.
Construction of the 150-block transit service is scheduled to begin in May 2016 with the service expected to begin in November 2017.
AC Transit board president H.E. Christian Peeples said: “Bus Rapid Transits have improved transit reliability by up to 50% in several North American cities.
“However, AC Transit’s BRT goes further by encouraging bicycle travel thorough designated bike lanes and more foot-traffic by utilizing well-designed medians, shorter crossing distances, and pedestrian count-down signals. Ultimately the BRT’s design makes the streets more pleasant to ride, stroll and shop.”