OakDOT Applications to Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grant Cycle 11

At the August 18, 2022 BPAC meeting, Julieth Ortiz, OakDOT Transportation Planner, shared an overview of the crash data-driven HSIP grant program and the current proposals to request funds to implement HSIP-eligible countermeasures that focus on intersection safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The applications are due September 12th. Following the overview of the grant program, Dean Hsiao, OakDOT Supervising Transportation Engineer, shared an overview of pedestrian signals and leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs).

HSIP Cycle 11 Applications

  1. Safe Oakland Streets Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) Timing
  2. Safe Oakland Streets Major Bike and Pedestrian Crossings

The full presentation is below.

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Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 6 Grants

At the July 21, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Manuel Corona, presented on two projects, the Bancroft Avenue Greenway project and the 73rd Avenue Active Routes to Transit project. These projects were heard at the February 17, 2022 BPAC meeting and have been submitted as Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant applications for the June 15th deadline. Staff requested the commission review the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Complete Streets Checklists for each project and share comments back to Manuel Corona by July 28th, 2022.

The Bancroft Ave Greenway project seeks to provide a low-stress Class I multi-use path on the existing Bancroft Avenue median from 73rd Avenue to 103rd Avenue. This will involve dedicated bicycle signals at all intersections and new pedestrian-scale lighting. In addition, this project will install new wayfinding signage, benches, landscaping and spaces for people to meet or picnic. This project is a result of community engagement for multiple planning efforts and was previously submitted to the ATP Cycle 5 grant.

The 73rd Ave Active Routes to Transit project will connect three transit hubs by upgrading existing Class II bike lanes to Class II Buffered bike lanes. This will provide more separation from motor vehicles. This project will also install two concrete protected intersections at International Blvd and Bancroft to provide spaces for bicyclist and pedestrians to wait and shorten their crossing distance. In addition, there will be a new direct connection to Coliseum BART by linking the bikes lanes to a Neighborhood Bike route south of International Blvd.

The presentation is below.

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Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park & Seminary (LAMMPS) Phase 2 Project

At the June 16, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planners Charlie Ream and Celina Chan presented on two projects, the 66th Ave Coliseum BART to Bay Trail project and the Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park & Seminary (LAMMPS) – Phase 2 project (this post).

These projects and the 27th St Bay Pl Project which was heard at the May BPAC meeting was submitted as One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) applications for the June 30, 2022 deadline. Staff requested the commission review the checklists attached for each of the three projects and share comments back to Charlie Ream by June 23, 2022.

Project goals

  • Extend the off-street biking and walking path to Seminary Avenue to provide a safe bicycling and walking connection between Millsmont/Frick and the Laurel
  • Slow vehicle speeds and curb unsafe driving
  • Reduce vehicle collisions
  • Improve safety and comfort for people walking and biking, especially crossing at major intersections

The full presentation is below.

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66th Avenue Coliseum BART to Bay Trail Project

At the June 16, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planners Charlie Ream and Celina Chan presented on two projects, the 66th Ave Coliseum BART to Bay Trail project (this post) and the Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park & Seminary (LAMMPS) – Phase 2 project.

These projects and the 27th St Bay Pl Project which was heard at the May BPAC meeting was submitted as One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) applications for the June 30, 2022 deadline. Staff requested the commission review the checklists attached for each of the three projects and share comments back to Charlie Ream by June 23, 2022.

Project goals

  • Create an off-street biking and walking pathway connecting the East Bay Greenway (San Leandro Street) with the MLK Jr Regional Shoreline
  • Realign Caltrans freeway ramps to create space for pathway
  • Work with Union Pacific Railroad on safe crossing treatments
  • Add AC Transit bus stops to the Dil Damon Slough trailhead

The full presentation is below.

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Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Grant Applications

At the February 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Julieth Ortiz presented an overview of existing Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 projects and a draft project list for fiscal year 2022-23. This year’s recommendation is to use funding for existing programs/projects, including the bicycle parking program, bike signage, and the stairs and path program. OakDOT is seeking BPAC approval for this TDA cycle. Allocations for this fiscal year have not been received yet.

The full presentation is below.

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Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 6 Grant Applications

At the February 17, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner Julieth Ortiz presented on the proposed transportation projects for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 6 and provide an update on the status of projects from previous ATP awards. ATP is a biannual competitive funding opportunity for projects that encourage increased bicycling and walking. The ATP is a state-administered program that distributes both state and federal funds. Applications for this year are due in June.

The projects currently under consideration are:

  1. Bancroft Ave Greenway, Design (previously submitted, ATP Cycle 5)
  2. 73rd Ave – Active Connections to Transit, Construction
  3. Coliseum Bay Trail Connector (66th Ave), Design & Construction (previously submitted, ATP Cycle 4)
  4. LAMMPS Phase 2, Design & Construction
  5. 27th Street Complete Streets, Construction
  6. Market Street Pedestrian Improvements

The full presentation is below.

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Oakland RAISE – I-880 Freeway Green Infrastructure Retrofit and Active Transit Corridor Planning

At the June 17, 2021 BPAC meeting, BPAC Commissioner David Ralston will announce an upcoming Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) federal planning grant opportunity to support green infrastructure and active transit connections along the I-880 corridor in East Oakland. This plan would include potential freeway lid crossings to provide equitable access for East Oaklanders to the Bay Trail and waterfront as well as co-beneficial emission reduction and carbon capture opportunities. Ralston will be seeking a letter of support from the BPAC.

Project background

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), working with regional partners such as MTC and the State DOT, is preparing a planning grant application for this year’s round of federal RAISE infrastructure funding. The RAISE program (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) is a federal grants program previously known as BUILD. This program provides $1 billion in federal FY 2021 discretionary grant funding for capital projects and planning projects.

The proposed planning project focuses on the heavy-diesel “goods movement” corridor of the I-880 Freeway as it passes through the severely impacted environmentally justice disadvantaged communities of greater East Oakland (Estuary to 105th Ave., an approximately 5-6-mile segment). The project will undertake planning feasibility, technical assessments, and conceptual-development designs for utilizing Caltrans (State) ROW along this corridor for the innovative installation of co-beneficial green infrastructure that can:

  • Mitigate/reduce PM, Black Carbon and other Diesel emissions (as well as noise) to adjacent communities; 
  • Sequester carbon and GHG from vehicular traffic;
  • Provide vegetative canopy to reduce urban heat island;
  • Enhance the capacity of groundwater recharge and provide flooding mitigation;
  • Enable and fill key active transit network gaps (such as connections between local neighborhoods, the East Bay Greenway and the Bay Trail);
  • Provide opportunity for green jobs works programs.

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ACTC Rapid Response Projects follow-up discussion

At the June 3rd, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, OakDOT staff Jason Patton and Jason Cook gave a presentation on the ACTC Rapid Response Projects and led a discussion to follow up on these projects.

Grant info

$75k Grant with $75k Local Match ($150,000 total) for quick-build transportation improvement projects that support improvements to the Rapid Response locations, Essential Places Locations, and a curbside buffered bike lane upgrade. Deadline for completion is June 30, 2021.

More info: Alameda County Transportation Commission – COVID-19 Rapid Response Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program

Discussion questions

  1. Hardened centerlines are a new design treatment in the toolkit. Where will this treatment be most beneficial? How should the many possible locations be prioritized?
  2. What are lessons learned from the vertical separation installed along the bike lanes on Embarcadero?
  3. Plastic is not a great building material. Under what circumstances should it be used?
  4. Quick-Build” and “Community Engagement” may be incompatible goals. Under what circumstances does one take priority over the other?

The presentation and discussion notes are below.

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Transportation Demand Article (TDA) 3 Projects Grant Applications

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Julieth Ortiz, OakDOT Transportation Planner, presented an overview of existing Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 projects and a draft project list for fiscal year 2021-22. This year’s recommendation is to use funding for existing programs/projects, including the bicycle parking program, the stairs and path program, and Foothill pedestrian safety improvements. Input from the Commission regarding priorities is welcome.

Overview

  • Construction/engineering of a bicycle or pedestrian capital project
  • Maintenance of a multi-purpose path
  • Bicycle safety education program
  • Development of a comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans
  • Re-striping Class II bicycle lanes
  • Pedestrian safety education

FY 2021-22 TDA 3 Proposal

  • E 20th St Stairpath Rehabilitation
  • Burr, Wilson, and Palmer Stair/path Rehab
  • CityRacks Bicycle Parking Program
  • Foothill Blvd Pedestrian Safety Improvements

The full presentation is below.

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Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant Projects

At the April 15, 2021 BPAC meeting, Julieth Ortiz and Yvonne Chan, OaktDOT Transportation Planners, provided an update of existing AHSC projects and an overview of the proposed projects OakDOT is currently considering for Cycle 6. The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) is administered by the Strategic Growth Council and implemented by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. AHSC is one of the CA Climate Investments programs whose goal is to integrate affordable homes and sustainable transportation.

Overview

AHSC is a State “Climate Investment” Program to fund affordable housing + sustainable transportation to direct investment towards the most disadvantaged communities in the state and maximize economic, environmental, and public health benefits.

Active AHSC Projects

1173 units — $11 M
Benefits include:

  • bike education
  • transit passes
  • workforce development

Proposed projects for Cycle 6 AHSC

Longfellow (RCD)

  • 77 units
  • 100% affordable
  • $12M AHD
  • $7M STI
  • $1M TRA
  • ($1M OakDOT)

Lake Merritt Senior Housing (EBALDC)

  • 97 units
  • 100% affordable
  • $20M AHD
  • $7.3M STI
  • $1.5M TRA
  • ($1.3M OakDOT)

The full presentation is below.

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