Grand Avenue – West Oakland Focus Group Round 2

The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) & West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP) would like to gather the West Oakland community again for further input on the Grand Avenue Mobility Plan!

The Grand Avenue Mobility Plan is a comprehensive plan for a more inclusive, safer and sustainable transportation network on Grand Avenue between Mandela Parkway to MacArthur Boulevard.

Register here if you would like to be a part of the focus group sessions:

  • Tuesday June 29th, 6-7:30pm, OR
  • Wednesday June 30th, 6-7:30pm

An update on the Grand Avenue Mobility Project was last presented to the BPAC Infrastructure Committee on February 4th, 2021.

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West Grand Avenue HOV/Bus Lane Extension Phase II

At the April 1st, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Cathy Chea (MTC) gave a presentation on the West Grand Avenue HOV/Bus lane extension Phase II project. The project is part of Bay Bridge Forward.

  • Phase 1 project opened January 2019 added 1300’ of bus/HOV-only lane 
  • Phase 2 project proposes the following:
    • Bus/HOV lane westbound by converting existing shoulder from Frontage Road to Maritime Street
    • Multi-use 2-way path on south side of West Grand between Mandela and Maritime by extending existing sidewalk. It would be 8’ wide with a 2’ barrier.
    • Construction expected in 2nd half of 2021.

Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.

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April 2021 Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 1st, 2021, 3:30-5:30pm online and by phone.
Agenda topics include:

  • West Grand Avenue HOV/Bus lane extension Phase II project
  • 14th Avenue Phase 2 project
  • High St paving project
  • Neighborhood Bike Route Implementation Guide
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Traffic Calming on 8th St in West Oakland

At the February 4th, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Tim Courtney of Neighbors United For A Safe 8th Street presented the Safe 8th Street project that he submitted as a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project request. Streetsblog also covered the safety campaign in a Dec. 14, 2020 article.

OakDOT will be paving 8th Street from Market Street to Pine Street in late 2021. The Neighbors would like traffic calming treatments included as part of the paving project, and low-cost quick-build traffic calming treatments in the immediate near-term.

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The West Oakland Link – Public Meeting

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will be holding an online public meeting about the West Oakland Link Project on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA). The online meeting will enable participants to learn more about the proposed project, including the planning timeline, funding, and future opportunities for public input.

Join the meeting via Zoom here.

Public comments

You can write your comments on the “virtual comment card” [PDF] and send them to Peter Lee at plee@bayareametro.gov or Francis Lo at flo@baypacconsult.com. You can also send your questions about the project to them. The deadline for public comments is Friday, January 8, 2021.

Agenda

  • 6:00-6:10 PM — Welcome & Introductions
  • 6:10-6:30 PM — Presentation
  • 6:30-7:00 PM — Question & Answer (Q&A)

You will also be able to submit comments and questions via the chat feature during the meeting.

The full project factsheet and flyer are below.

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7th Street Connection Project

At the August 6, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Charles Ream, OakDOT staff presented on the 7th Street Connection Project, that the City is preparing an Active Transportation Program (ATP) application for.

About the Project

7th Street from Mandela Parkway to Market Street is set to be repaved in 2022/23. As part of this paving project, the City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) will remove one lane of vehicle travel and install buffered bike lanes as called for by the West Oakland Specific Plan and the 2019 Bike Plan Update.

The 7th Street Connection Project is an effort by the City to target State or Local Grant funding to go above and beyond what is planned as part of repaving. OakDOT is conducting outreach to the West Oakland community to gather input on potential improvements to the full 7th Street Corridor from Mandela Pkwy to MLK Jr. Way, including sidewalk widening, new trees and lighting, and safety improvements for people walking and biking. These improvements would only be possible through a State or Local transportation grant application.

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August 2020 Infrastructure Committee Meeting

August 6th, 2020, 3:30-5:30 pm, online and by phone.

Agenda topics include:

  • Bicycle boulevards
  • Foothill/E 15th St
  • ATP application: 7th St Streetscape improvements
  • ATP application: Foothill/22nd St
  • KONO rapid response
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