San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project

San Pablo Avenue is a key multimodal arterial linking the Cities of Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany in Alameda County.  San Pablo Ave is one of the streets with the most traffic injuries and collisions in all of Alameda County, is one of AC Transit’s major corridors, is a Caltrans state highway route, and traverses regionally and locally identified Equity Priority Communities and Priority Development Areas. Alameda CTC is leading the development of three complementary projects in the San Pablo Avenue corridor to improve safety and multimodal mobility.  These projects include:
  • Safety Enhancements Project (Berkeley and Albany). This project will improve the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing San Pablo Avenue and improve transit speed by installing high visibility crosswalks, flashing beacons, pedestrian signals, median refuge islands, upgraded lighting, accessible curb ramp upgrades, bulb outs at Rapid bus stops, and bus stop relocations.
  • Parallel Bike Improvements Project (Berkeley, Albany, and North Oakland). This project will implement improvements along bike boulevard/neighborhood bikeway routes that run along and connect to San Pablo Avenue, including traffic calming, crossing treatments at busy streets, and signage/wayfinding.
  • Bus and Bike Lanes Project (Oakland, Emeryville, and South Berkeley). This project will improve transit speed and reliability by converting one vehicle travel lane in each direction to a dedicated bus lane and provide new cycling connections by converting parking lanes to protected bike lanes. The project will also include intersection safety improvements, bus stop consolidation, and new loading zones.
Map of three projects for Phase 1 of the the San Pablo Avenue Multimodal Corridor project


















The three projects were identified as part of an extensive Phase 1 corridor planning effort between 2017 and 2020, based on community preferences expressed within the different jurisdictions.  See the Key Materials tab for fact sheets with more information on project schedule and the Project History tab for more information on past corridor planning efforts.


Project Fact Sheets

Agency Board Presentations
Alameda CTC is currently conducting community outreach on the Safety Enhancements and Parallel Bike projects in Berkeley, Albany, and North Oakland. Please visit an interactive map here (link coming soon) to view more details on proposed improvements and to leave comments.

Alameda CTC anticipates conducting additional community outreach on the Bus and Bike Lanes Project in Oakland, Emeryville, and South Berkeley in Spring 2023.
Phase 1 (2017-2020)
Phase 1 of the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project began in 2017 and concluded in 2020. Phase 1 explored a long-term vision for the San Pablo Avenue corridor from Oakland to the Cities of Richmond and San Pablo, traversing seven cities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Phase 1 evaluated a wide variety of configurations for San Pablo Ave., exploring what transportation modes could be accommodated within the limited right-of-way and trade-offs between different concepts. Given the limited right-of-way, each alternative required tough trade-offs.

The in-depth public engagement process revealed that participants placed the highest priorities on making walking safer and the bus more reliable. There was also widespread support for safer bike facilities either on San Pablo Ave. or on nearby bike routes. The greatest support for significant changes to San Pablo Ave. was in Oakland and Emeryville, especially for a bus lane to make bus service faster and more reliable.

Phase 1 Summary Report

Phase 1 Public Outreach
Approximately 3,900 people participated in the Phase 1 outreach process, which ran from fall 2017 to summer 2019. That process identified and refined long-term concepts and alternatives for the corridor and included:

  • A map-based online survey that collected information about hotspots needing improvement along the Corridor
  • An online survey to understand business access needs distributed to merchants throughout the Corridor
  • An online survey to get feedback on priorities that elicited more than 2,000 responses; distributed at events, workshops, via email, and on social media
  • A shorter intercept survey, conducted at busy locations along San Pablo Avenue that also sought feedback about priorities
  • Pop-up outreach at neighborhood events, at which people could view illustrated concepts and provide feedback
  • Community workshops where participants were asked to provide input about priorities and visions for the corridor
  • Focus Group meetings with key stakeholders where participants completed reference matrices and staff took detailed notes to record qualitative feedback

Links

Phase 1 Existing Conditions Report

For questions on the project, or to be added to the project email list and learn about upcoming opportunities to provide input, contact sanpabloave@alamedactc.org.