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.
The project aims 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.

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 first phase of the project spanned two counties and included seven cities along the 12-mile-long corridor (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo), as well as Caltrans, and AC Transit. Both the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee contributed funding to the initial phase of analysis.

The first phase of the project took a detailed look at what can fit within the existing roadway and trade-offs between different types of improvements. This is a multi-year effort and Alameda CTC is currently working in collaboration with project partners to determine next steps for fall 2019 and beyond.

If you have questions, or would like to be added to the project email list to be alerted of future opportunities for input, email sanpabloave@alamedactc.org.
This project is very early in the development process. Alameda CTC is concluding an initial conceptual design effort that explored trade-offs between different types of improvements, what combinations of improvements can fit within the available roadway width, and what improvements are most appropriate in each segment of the corridor.

In spring 2019, Alameda CTC conducted a broad engagement effort to get input on three prototypical concepts for how the space on San Pablo Avenue could be used differently in the future and priorities in each segment of the corridor. Outreach activities included collecting input from thousands of people via an online survey, public workshops throughout the corridor, tables at community events, outreach at high traffic intersections, and presentations at stakeholder meetings. Materials used in these outreach efforts are available at the bottom of this page. This public input is currently being analyzed to determine next steps for the project.

There will be many more opportunities for public engagement over coming years. If you have questions, or would like to be added to the project email list to be alerted future opportunities for input, email sanpabloave@alamedactc.org.

Spring 2019 Public Outreach Materials