A special session of the City Council meets tonight to consider what proposals for the contentious Bus Rapid Transit should be pursued in the final Environmental Impact Study/Report. Because a large crowd is expected, the session will be held at Longfellow Middle School, starting at 7 p.m.

The meeting will open with a staff presentation on BRT, followed by five-minute presentations by Berkeleyans for Better Transportation Options and Rapid Bus Plus. Mayor Tom Bates will then present his proposal, which argues for a study of three options: build, a modified staff proposal (see drawing, above — click for full size image); reduced impact, which includes most of the BRT features (diagram here); and no build.

Both of the first two options include NextBus, the real-time schedule signage, a standardized proof of payment system, security features and minimized parking loss, according to the mayor’s proposal. If technically or financially feasible, they will include elevated and/or level board platforms and far-side bus stations with queue jump lanes when needed.

After many delays, the Council plans to decide on the study tonight.

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  1. Hmm, what’s that “layover location on Hearst or Berkeley Way” label on the drawing? Many of my neighbors are already unhappy about the increased traffic and pressure on parking spaces near Berkeley Way and MLK due to the new Trader Joe’s/apartment building that’s nearing completion.

    I wouldn’t enjoy dodging buses as I walk my dogs and cross the street in my neighborhood. I wish I could attend this meeting tonight.