San Pablo Avenue Multimodal 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.

The San Pablo Avenue corridor

  • 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 advance “Complete Streets” concepts of 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.
  • Alameda CTC is currently (Fall 2017 - Fall 2018) developing a long term vision for the corridor and identifying short-term projects to improve the safety and experience of all users. This effort focuses on San Pablo Avenue from downtown Oakland to Hilltop Mall/Richmond Parkway, traversing four cities in Alameda County (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley and Albany) and several Contra Costa County communities (El Cerrito, Richmond and the City of San Pablo).
For total project cost and phase, see the project Fact Sheets tab.