AC Transit: East Bay Bus Rapid Transit

At the December 03, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Steven Jones from AC Transit gave a presentation on the recently completed East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, branded as “Tempo”. “Tempo” opened to riders on Aug 09, 2020.

Notes from the discussion, and the presentation are below.

Discussion

  • Committee forwarded a list of concerns to AC Transit before meeting, including concerns around lane striping, signal timing/actuation, and training/policy. How much follow-up can still be done by AC Transit versus by others?
    • North of 42nd Ave is Oakland right-of-way, south of 42nd Ave is Caltrans. AC Transit project is almost entirely complete, so follow-up will likely need to be handled by others.
  • Garrett suggests forming a smaller follow up sub-committee to review specific concerns and find out which can be addressed still via the AC Transit project. Committee members will follow up directly to coordinate.
  • Some issues may be in AC Transit’s interest to adjust, even if built as planned, including pedestrian signal timing.
    • Some of the pedestrian signal timing issues may have been related to signal control problems—now resolved.
  • Drivers are parking in the bike lane, especially around the community market near 56th Ave, and also between 73rd and 105th Aves.
    • AC Transit’s BRT outreach team has been disbanded, so any communications follow-up will have to be done by others.
    • Interested in focusing on non-enforcement solutions.

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Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative Update

At the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting, BPAC Commissioner and lead of the Bicyclist/Pedestrian and Police Relations Committee, Phoenix Mangrum, and OakDOT Transportation Planner, Audrey Harris, will update the commission on progress on public safety efforts, including the Safe Oakland Streets Initiative, an equity-centered analysis to inform traffic safety and crash prevention.


Goals of Safe Oakland Streets

  1. Eliminate severe and fatal injury inequities that exist today in Oakland
  2. Prevent severe and fatal crashes from happening in the first place.
  3. Inform safety strategies that prevent injury and injury inequities and do not have adverse equity impacts on communities of color and low-income populations


View the full presentation below.

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Fruitvale Alive! Project

At long last, OakDOT is approaching Final Design for the Fruitvale Alive! Project.

At the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting, OakDOT Transportation Planner on the Great Streets Planning & Project Development Team, Charlie Ream, will be presenting on this project.

The Fruitvale Alive project is an ATP-funded project to install sidewalk-level protected bike lanes to connect the Fruitvale Ave Bridge with Fruitvale BART Station and E12th Street. In addition to closing a critical gap in the City’s protected bike infrastructure, the project will connect to a new segment of the Bay Trail at the southern end of Fruitvale Avenue and will address problematic “pork chop” islands at E12th Street. OakDOT has reached Final Design of the project and expects to advertise for construction in January 2021.

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14th Ave Streetscape Project

At the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting, Charlie Ream, Transportation Planner on OakDOT’s Great Streets Planning & Project Development Team, will be presenting on the 14th Ave Streetscape Project. View the presentation below or download it here [PDF]. Take the survey here.

OakDOT is continuing with Measure BB-funded pedestrian and bicycle improvements on 14th Avenue. Phase 1 of the project installed pedestrian crossing improvements, sidewalk upgrades, and new curb ramps between International Boulevard and E 19th Street. This upcoming phase of work will convert one lane of vehicle traffic on 14th Avenue to a buffered bike lane from Foothill to E 27th Street, install rapid flashing pedestrian beacons at seven intersections along the corridor, add corner bulb-outs at all intersections from E 19th to E 27th, and plant new street trees on the sidewalk and median.

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Oakland-Alameda Access Project

At the November 19, 2020 BPAC meeting, Rodney Pimentel will present on the Oakland-Alameda Access Project which has been planned for over 30 years and has suffered several failed attempts to reached consensus on a build alternative. Recent progress by the Alameda CTC and Caltrans has led to the circulation of a Draft EIR/EA. Pending selection of a preferred alternative, the project should be in construction by 2023.

Public comments on the Draft Environmental Document are open until November 30, 2020.

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November 2020 BPAC Agenda

Thursday, November 19, 2020; 6:00-8:00 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Oakland-Alameda Access Project
  • 14th Ave Streetscape Project
  • Fruitvale Alive Project
  • Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) Initiative Update
  • 2019 Chair’s Report
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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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San Leandro Creek Greenway Trail Project

At the October 15, 2020 BPAC meeting, Marquita Price, Director of Urban and Regional Planning for the East Oakland Collective, and David Ralston, PhD, MCP, Research fellow at the Brower Dellums Institute for Sustainable Policy and Action presented on the San Leandro Creek Greenway and community engagement for the project. The San Leandro Creek Greenway is an incoming bike and pedestrian trail being built along the surfaced San Leandro Creek running behind the neighborhoods of Columbia Gardens, Brookfield, and Sobrante Park.

Learn more about the project on the project website.

The presentation is below, as well as the 90% design plans for intersections where the greenway will cross major roadways at Hegenberger Road and 98th Avenue.

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