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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February 2021 BPAC Announcements

Below are the announcements that were included in the February 18, 2021 BPAC meeting agenda packet.

OakDOT projects are recommended for Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 5 statewide funding

  • 7th St Connection Project
  • East Oakland Neighborhood Bike Routes

OakDOT Bicycle Facilities Map updated

OakDOT submits grant applications for county Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding

  • East Bay Greenway
  • 14th Street Project
  • West Oakland Transit Improvements
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Coliseum Transit Village

At the December 03, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Jay Zhang gave a presentation on the Intermodal Terminal Coliseum BART/Transit Village Area Improvements.


Project background


Project limits & scope

  • 71st Ave – Snell St to Hawley St
    • Pedestrian scale lighting
    • Widen sidewalk (south)
    • Plant trees
    • Repaving
    • Update curb ramps
  • Hawley St – 71st Ave to 72nd Ave
    • Pedestrian Scale lighting
    • Repair sidewalk, curb & gutter (west)
    • Repaving
    • Update curb ramps

View the full presentation below or download it here [PDF].

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Recommendations for ACTC COVID-19 Rapid Response Program

In late July, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) announced “the availability of $1.125 million in local Bicycle and Pedestrian Measure B sales tax funds for the deployment of a COVID-19 Rapid Response Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program (RRGP) to support Alameda County’s economic recovery and regrowth from the impacts of COVID-19.

The City of Oakland applied to the grant program and its application was recommended to the Alameda County Technical Advisory Committee on 29 October 2020.

Oakland’s project is for “Citywide Bicycle/Pedestrian Rapid Response Enhancements“: Enhance existing, temporary safety installations with more durable improvements, including signage, striping, markers and modular curb to build on Oakland’s Slow Streets “Essential Places” and “Rapid Response” programs.

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Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grant Cycle 10 Applications

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:

  1. 14th Street (Mandela Parkway to Adeline Street)
  2. 98th Avenue (Edes Avenue to MacArthur Boulevard)
  3. Systemic application – 2-lane unsignalized intersections with pedestrian collisions

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Foothill/22nd St Project

At the August 6, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Lucas Woodward, OakDOT staff presented on the Foothill Blvd/22nd Street Project, that the City is preparing an Active Transportation Program (ATP) application for. There were no plans/documents shared at this time.

  • Garfield Elementary Safe Routes to School — There was a fatal crash here in 2019, which resulted in rapid response project around the school.
  • This application builds on top of the rapid response project with more expensive upgrades like signals—mast arm, left turn phase, pedestrian leading phase
  • $650-815k budget total
  • ATP application deadline: Sept. 15, 2020

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