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East Bay Greenway | Lake Merritt BART to South Hayward BART

Project Overview

Alameda CTC is the project sponsor for the East Bay Greenway: Lake Merritt BART to South Hayward BART Project (Project). The Project proposes to construct a bicycle and pedestrian facility that will generally follow the BART alignment for a distance of 16 miles and traverse the cities of Oakland, San Leandro, and Hayward as well as the unincorporated communities of Ashland and Cherryland. The Project connects seven BART stations as well as downtown areas, schools, and other major destinations.

In September 2014, Alameda CTC leveraged available local Measure B and BB funds and was awarded funding from state Active Transportation Program (ATP) towards the environmental clearance for the Project, which involves securing State and Federal environmental clearance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) respectively. Alameda CTC is the lead agency for CEQA and Caltrans is the lead agency for NEPA.

The cities of Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward, Alameda County, BART, the East Bay Regional Park District, and Caltrans are participating in the development of the project. 

Download the project fact sheet.

Project Benefits

  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian network connectivity in communities along the BART line
  • Improve access to regional transit, schools, downtown area and other destinations
  • Create a facility that is accessible and comfortable for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities
  • Improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Support promotion of a multimodal transportation system and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Notice of Intent to Adopt

The Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) was released on October 23, 2017, and the public was provided 30-day review period as required by CEQA. The comment period closed on November 21, 2017. View the Notice of Intent to Adopt/Notice of Availability.

Alameda CTC used several methods to solicit comments on the document including posting of notices on the Alameda CTC website and social media; posting flyers at local libraries; sending E-newsletters or E-blasts to stakeholder groups (elected officials, stakeholder agencies, and interest groups and individuals); and advertising in local newspapers for circulation in nearby communities.

Alameda CTC conducted four Project Information Meetings regarding the Project, in the cities of Hayward, Oakland, and San Leandro. Participants had the opportunities to review displays, watch a multimedia presentation, interect with project team members, and submit written comments.

                 

The Final IS/MND, adopted by the Commission on March 22, 2018, includes minor revisions and/or modifications since the release of the document for public review. None of the modifications noted result in “substantial revision” to the Draft IS/MND, requiring recirculation. Rather, the changes in the Final IS/MND provides clarifying information (“merely clarifies, amplifies, or makes insignificant modifications to the negative declaration”) as specified in §15073.5(c)(4) of the CEQA Guidelines. 

Conceptual Designs

Alameda CTC has developed conceptual designs to support the environmental analysis. In general, the bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the corridor will be either a Class I (multi-use path) or Class IV (separated bikeway) as determined by the location and constraints. The Project would also include crossings including traffic control and other modifications to ensure safe and accessible operation; connections to existing sidewalks and pathways along the project corridor; lighting, fencing, barrier railings, and other features needed to ensure safety and security. Landscaping features will vary depending upon each jurisdiction’s maintenance and operational needs.  It is anticipated that more robust features will be addressed by each jurisdiction through independent local projects.

For approximately 12 miles of the corridor south of 47th Avenue in Oakland, the Project is shared by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Oakland Subdivision, an active freight rail line. The environmental clearance approach for the Project incorporates the phased implementation of the Project corridor on a segment-by-segment basis to allow design, and eventual project construction, to proceed once constraints, such as right-of-way availability, jurisdictional readiness, and funding are resolved. The environmental document addresses both options shown below.

  • Rail-to-Trail option assumes that the Oakland Subdivision would no longer have active rail service and the full right-of-way is available for the Project. Under this option, existing railroad bridge structures at creeks and major roadways could be retrofitted as trail crossings, surplus right-of-way not needed for the trail could be repurposed for other uses, and the trail cross section could be designed in an unconstrained manner.
  • Rail-with-Trail option assumes that the Oakland Subdivision remains active and a trail is constructed in the corridor alongside the rail. The rail-with-trail option would meet all California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requirements for setbacks and assumes that fencing to separate trail users from an active rail line would be provided.  The rail-with-trail assumes the minimum possible encroachment into UPRR right-of-way possible while still constructing a continuous facility in the BART/UPRR corridor.  

Schedule

The Project is currently in the environmental phase and seeks to obtain a CEQA IS/MND and a NEPA Categorical Exclusion (CE) determination by Fall 2018.

Cost and Funding

The Project construction cost is estimated to be approximately $161 million for the length of the corridor. The right-of-way capital cost will be subject to ongoing regional rail discussions with UPRR and is yet to be finalized.

Funds for design, right-of-way and construction are eligible through a Measure BB Three Major Trails funding program. Alameda CTC will also pursue additional state and federal grants for the project once environmental phase is complete.