At the October 15, 2020 BPAC meeting, the 2021 Recruitment Committee reported back with recommendations from its review of applications of people seeking to be appointed to the BPAC. The committee is recommending Michael Lok, David Ralston, and Jeremiah Maller (alternate) be appointed for the 2021-2023 term. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
View the list of applicants and the statements from the recommended candidates below.
At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Raffi Moughamian, Associate Civil Engineer gave a presentation on the traffic control plan for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)’s Oakland Inner Harbor Pipeline Crossing.
- EBMUD is replacing a 1940s pipeline in the Oakland-Alameda estuary and on surrounding streets in Oakland and Alameda. The pipeline is currently seismically unsound.
- Construction cost is $28M.
- Oakland streets affected: Madison (8th to 4th Streets), Jackson (5th to 4th), 4th St (Jackson to Fallon), Fallon St (4th to end)
Notes from the presentation, discussion, and the presentation are below.
At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, David Pene and Jason Cook gave a presentation on OakDOT’s Active Transportation Enhancement Project.
- Add physical separation to existing curbside buffered bike lanes with known issues.
- Provide safer pedestrian access to key locations.
- Implement the toolkit that was developed as part of the Curbside Class IV Bikeway Analysis and evaluate the effectiveness of these tools.
The full presentation, notes, and discussion are below.
At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Joe Wang and Brian Sukkar presented the designs for improvements at the Park Blvd/13th Ave/E 38th St and Park Blvd/Excelsior intersections.
- Project cost estimate: $2.8M
- Focuses on the Park/13th Ave/E 38th and Park/Excelsior intersections, safe routes to schools in the vicinity
View the plans and notes below.
At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Beaver Boonsook, Transportation Engineer in the OakDOT Great Streets Division, will provide an update on the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Cycle 9 Foothill & MacArthur project.
The plans propose installing high-visibility crosswalks, pedestrian refuge islands, advance yield markings, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) at multiple intersections on Foothill Blvd and on MacArthur Blvd.
Notes from the meeting and preliminary conceptual plans are below.
At the September 17, 2020 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Staff Teresa Peterson and Charlie Ream presented the one systemic project and two corridor specific projects selected for HSIP Cycle 10 grant applications and solicit feedback on the project design. They requested letters of support from BPAC for each of the projects.
The three proposed projects that OakDOT will submit to HSIP are:
- 14th Street (Mandela Parkway to Adeline Street)
- 98th Avenue (Edes Avenue to MacArthur Boulevard)
- Systemic application – 2-lane unsignalized intersections with pedestrian collisions
At the September 17, 2020 BPAC meeting, City of Oakland Acting Sustainability Program Manager Shayna Hirshfield-Gold provided an overview of the adopted 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP), with a focus on the transportation-related elements of the plan. Jump to the presentation.
The ECAP’s vision for Transportation & Land Use is:
Integrated land use and access to safe, reliable, low-cost, high-quality mobility options for every Oaklander enable an equitable transition away from cars. Auto use is minimized, and all remaining vehicles on Oakland roads are electric.
The ECAP puts forth 40 actions across seven sectors. The main action for the Transportation & Land Use sector is to “Reduce VMT through active mobility & public transit; electrify the rest.”
Download and view the full 2030 ECAP [PDF]. Here are a few excerpts from the Transportation & Land Use section…
At the September 17, 2020 BPAC meeting, Commissioner Dianne Yee will give an overview of the goals and features of the BPAC Blog, and will present ideas for discussion.
Goals of this blog
- Make it easy to find and share things without a lot of clicks and scrolling through pages of PDFs
- One-stop resource to find other City resources on transportation
- Increase public access.
Additional features and info?
- OakDOT staff — brief bio and contact info
- BPAC commissioners — brief bios, include present and past commissioners
- Add all Committees and Liaisons
- “Deep dive” focused posts — introduce a topic/project and go into the history of it, beyond the agenda presentation materials
- Past commissioners are welcome to contribute
- “What it’s like to be a commissioner” posts — commissioners share their experience on BPAC. This can be helpful to recruit new commissioners.
- Share events
At the August 20, 2020 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Planning & Project Development Manager Emily Ehlers will review upcoming Active Transportation Program (ATP), Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP), and Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant candidates and request letters of support.
Excerpts from the presentation…
At the July 16, 2020 BPAC meeting, Craig Raphael, Senior Transportation Planner in the Capital Finance Section, requested letters of support for two grant applications that are being prepared for the Safe Routes to BART Grant Program: the 19th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway ATP project and the E 12th Street Bikeway project.
19th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway ATP project
This project proposes upgrading the existing bike lanes on 20th Street (Thomas L. Berkley Way) from Broadway to Harrison Street—Lake Merritt. The upgrades include separating the bike lanes with barriers and adding dashed markings in the intersections.
On the north side of 20th Street at 19th Street BART station between Broadway and Franklin Street, the bike lane would be raised at sidewalk level (aka a cycle track) and painted green. At that section, there is no car parking except an accessible loading zone, which includes a curb ramp at the middle of the block. The bike lane would have dashed green “conflict zone” markings there, as well as at driveways.
E 12th Street Bikeway project
This project proposes a bikeway on E 12th Street from 35th Avenue at Fruitvale BART station to 54th Avenue. The bikeway includes different bikeway designs depending on the street context. The concept plans are below.