San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project

What is the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project?
The San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project will implement improvements to make San Pablo Ave. function better and be safer for people who walk, bike, drive and take the bus.

Why are changes needed to San Pablo Avenue?
San Pablo Ave. is one of the streets with the most injuries and collisions in all of Alameda County. Three quarters of collisions with pedestrians happen in crosswalks and speeding is one of the largest causes of collisions. There is an urgent need to make the street safer for everyone.

San Pablo Ave. also carries some of the highest bus ridership in Alameda County, but buses are often slow and unreliable due to roadway congestion. To support current riders and planned growth along the corridor, it is critical to make the bus faster, more reliable, and more competitive with driving.

What led to the changes being considered on San Pablo Avenue?
Between 2017 and 2020, Phase 1 of this Project conducted analysis and community engagement to establish a long-term vision for the corridor. A wide variety of configurations were considered for San Pablo Ave. by the year 2040. However, given the limited right-of-way, each alternative required tough trade-offs.

During public engagement, participants expressed strong support for making walking safer and the bus more reliable. There was also widespread support for safer bike facilities on San Pablo Ave. and/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. Community members, elected officials and partner agencies also expressed a strong desire to move a project forward in the near-term to address safety and begin to make improvements for the bus and bike riders.

What is going to be built on San Pablo Avenue?
Phase 2 of this project is moving a near-term project forward into implementation in Alameda County (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany). This will include improvements for pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit rider safety along San Pablo Avenue. It will include dedicated bus lanes in Oakland, Emeryville and south Berkeley and bus bulbs in Berkeley and Albany, as well as bike infrastructure improvements along or parallel to the entire corridor in Alameda County. The Alameda CTC Commission and other elected boards will be taking actions to support a near-term project concept in spring 2022, see the Provide Your Input tab for more information. Alameda CTC will be engaging with the public in summer 2022 to get input on the designs for near-term improvements. More information will be coming soon on opportunities to get involved and comment.

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.

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.
For the bus/bike lane project in Oakland, Emeryville and South Berkeley, targeted outreach to storefronts and residents is occurring in winter 2021/22 – spring 2022.

Additional opportunities for input and engagement will occur in summer/fall 2022 for all parts of the near-term project, including safety enhancements, bus and bike lanes, bus bulbs, and parallel bike improvements.

The Alameda CTC Commission will act on a recommended project concept for the Oakland, Emeryville, and South Berkeley segment of San Pablo Avenue in March 2022. Staff will also seek support for the project concept from the relevant agency partner Boards listed below. Securing consensus on a concept in spring 2022 is critical to enabling Alameda CTC to submit construction funding applications, and advance the preliminary engineering, Caltrans approvals, and environmental process in summer 2022. The San Pablo project will be on the agenda at the following public meetings
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.