So there’s two meetings tonight that might be of interest to my readers. They’re certainly both of interest to me. Unfortunately, my job prevents me from attending either of them. But if you’re into transit and smart growth and not doing anything this evening, you might want to consider one of these options:
AC Transit BRT Workshop: This election was a pretty good one for public transit in the East Bay. Measure VV passed easily, and Berkeley’s Measure KK went down in flames. This might leave you wondering where the East Bay BRT project stands now.
You can find out tonight at the AC Transit headquarters (1600 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor Board Room), when the AC Transit Board of Directors will hear an update on what’s going on with BRT. The meeting starts at 5 PM.
I’m tired of having the exact same conversation about whether BRT is redundant with BART or not, so I’m hoping people can keep those comments off of this post for now. But while I’m on the subject of buses anyway, I do want to mention something I keep hearing lately that I don’t really understand. So opponents of BRT keep saying that a bus carrying only four passengers gets the same per passenger mileage as a Prius, and I guess this is supposed to be some sort of indictment of the bus?
What I want to know is, where are all these buses running around carrying only four passengers? Cause the only time I can think of that happening ever on any of the buses I ride is at the very beginning or very end of their routes, where, obviously, the bus is going to get kind of empty. Like when I pick up the 72 at Broadway and Embarcadero, right at the beginning of the route, there’s usually nobody on it but me and whoever gets on the bus with me. But by the time we get to 14th and Broadway, the bus has always managed to pick up like 20 riders. The 1 is almost always full when I ride it. Hell, I rode the 802 from Ghosttown at like 2:30 AM on a Tuesday recently, and even that was carrying like 15 people. I know that unless the bus is standing room only when it passes by you, it isn’t immediately obvious how many passengers it’s carrying, but maybe if people spent a little time riding public transit around Oakland, they would learn that this four passenger thing really isn’t an issue.
Creekside Project Approval: The Creekside in Temescal will be coming to tonight’s Planning Commission (PDF) meeting for approval. The project (PDF) would create 102 condos, 5,893 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, 102 parking spaces, and 24,599 square feet of open space. It’s located at 51st and Telegraph and would replace the building where Global Video used to be and its horrible giant surface parking lot. The project faces opposition from certain community members who assert – can you guess? That’s right, it’s too dense, too tall (5 stories), and will lead to parking and traffic problems. Renderings below:
The meeting starts at 6 PM in City Hall Hearing Room 1, and the Creekside is item 3 on the agenda, following Kaiser’s second attempt to obtain design approval for their new hospital at Broadway and MacArthur.