San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project

The San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project seeks to develop a long-term vision and near-term improvements for San Pablo Avenue that will allow it to function better and be safer for people who walk, bike, drive and take the bus.

The San Pablo Avenue corridor

San Pablo Avenue is the heart of a critical travel corridor that carries tens of thousands of people every day and connects multiple communities to job and activity centers. The corridor provides north-south connections throughout the Inner East Bay. San Pablo Avenue:
  • Carries local, rapid and express buses;
  • Includes high-activity pedestrian areas and commercial districts;
  • Is a bicycle route in many local jurisdiction plans;
  • Serves as a reliever route for freeway traffic during incidents on I-80.
Jurisdictions are concentrating growth along the corridor, with several higher-density, mixed-use developments recently completed and numerous others under consideration.

Project Need

  • To better serve existing users and accommodate growth from new housing and jobs, the corridor must be able to effectively carry more people through increased efficiency and improved travel choices.
  • The corridor has limited right-of-way and competing demands, which must be brought together in a comprehensive, systematic way to achieve safety, quality, and convenience for all users and all modes.
  • Transit service in this corridor suffers delays and poor on-time performance due to moderate to severe traffic congestion on several key segments, which undermines the attractiveness of transit as a travel choice for many users.
  • The corridor experiences high rates of collisions, affecting the safety of all users.

Project Approach

Alameda CTC is currently developing a long term vision for the corridor and identifying short-term projects to improve the safety and experience of all users. The project spans two counties; the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee have contributed funding to the initial phase of analysis. It is a multi-year effort that includes seven cities along the 12-mile-long corridor (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo), Caltrans, and AC Transit. The project is taking a detailed look at what can fit within the existing roadway and what the trade-offs are between different types of improvements. It is looking to support current and future businesses and residents along the corridor to ensure we keep up with the number of people who will live in the East Bay in the coming years. For questions on the project, email


The project is currently at the conceptual design stage, exploring what improvements can fit within the existing roadway. We have developed different concepts for how the space on San Pablo Avenue could be used differently in the future.

The survey is currently closed. Additional opportunities for input will be provided in future phases of the project.

Public Workshops

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (a presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.)
Albany City Council Chambers
1000 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA  94706

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Emeryville Center of Community Life
Building B Conference Room
4727 San Pablo Avenue
Emeryville, CA  94608

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Environmental Quality Committee Meeting
El Cerrito City Hall
10890 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA  94530

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Francis Albrier Community Center (at San Pablo Park)
2800 Park Street
Berkeley, CA  94702

Public Workshop Materials

For questions on the project, email