Rail Safety Enhancement Program

Join Alameda County Transportation Commission for a virtual information session about the Rail Safety Enhancement Program’s (RSEP) proposed improvements in the City of Berkeley! The RSEP improvements will enhance safety at the rail crossings on Cedar Street, Virginia Street, Hearst Avenue, Addison Street, and Bancroft Way between Second and Fourth Streets. This information session will present the improvements and their impacts with nearby residents and businesses; however, all members of the public are welcome.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (PST)
Interactive Webinar (Zoom)
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89887707734

 

Between 2016 and 2021, an alarming 22 fatalities and 17 injuries occurred along Alameda County rail corridors. The Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program (RSEP) was developed as an outgrowth of the recommendations included in the Alameda County Goods Movement Plan and in response to the dangerous conditions many rail crossings pose throughout the county.

The goals of the RSEP are to:

  • Provide safe at-grade crossings for all users, particularly near schools, Priority Development Areas and Equity Priority Communities
  • Reduce the unnecessary fatalities or severe injuries at the at-grade crossings
  • Increase fright service reliability along rail corridors
  • Reduce greenhouse gasses by encouraging goods movement by freight and encouraging mode shift for active transportation by removing barriers to active transportation facilities at the at-grade crossings
Development of the RSEP is split into three phases—RSEP-A, RSEP-B and RSEP-C—to achieve the project goals and construct improvements in a three to five-year timeframe. A prioritization framework for the at-grade crossings was approved by the Alameda County Transportation Commission in 2018 as part of the Rail Strategy Study that narrowed the 133 at-grade crossing locations in Alameda County to 56 locations. For more information regarding each phase of the Project, continue to the respective tabs for each project phase.

At-grade crossings for the RSEP are located in the cities of Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, San Leandro, Union City, and in the Alameda County communities of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo. Project partners include the California Department of Transportation, the California Public Utilities Commission and Union Pacific Railroad.

RSEP: Phase A, Phase B and Phase C Crossings

Map for RSEP Phases A, B and C
Improvements for the RSEP are being funded locally by Measure BB and federally with the $25 million Federal Railroad Administration Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grant –the largest CRISI grant awarded in California and the second largest in the nation. See the full press release.

Public Hearings – Virtual

Join Alameda County Transportation Commission for a virtual information session on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6 p.m.-8p.m. (PST) about the Rail Safety Enhancement Program’s (RSEP) proposed improvements in the City of Berkeley!

Click here for more details on this virtual information session.

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A virtual public meeting was held on May 17, 2023 for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements to four existing at-grade rail crossings in the City of Oakland and in Alameda County.

Public Hearing Notice

A virtual public meeting was held on May 4, 2023 for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements to eight existing at-grade rail crossings in San Leandro, Hayward and unincorporated Alameda County.

Public Hearing Notice

A virtual public meeting was held on April 13, 2023 for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements to three existing at-grade rail crossings on Addison Street, Cedar Street and Bancroft Way in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County.

Public Hearing Notice

A virtual public meeting was held on March 28, 2023 for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements to two existing at-grade rail crossings on Virginia Street and Hearst Avenue in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County.

Public Hearing Notice
Following are Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations (IS/MND) for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements for existing at-grade rail crossings in Alameda County. Each had its own 30-day public review and comment period. There are four IS/MND's in total.

Project Documents

This segment of the Rail Safety Enhancement Project proposes safety improvements to two existing at-grade rail crossings on Virginia Street and Hearst Avenue in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County. The 30-day public review and comment period closed April 13, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Project Documents

This segment of the Rail Safety Enhancement Project proposes safety improvements to three existing at-grade rail crossings on Cedar Street, Addison Street and Bancroft Way in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County. The 30-day public review and comment period closed May 2, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Project Documents

This segment of the Rail Safety Enhancement Project proposes safety improvements on the following existing at-grade rail crossings:
  • City of San Leandro: Marina Boulevard, Washington Avenue and Hesperian Boulevard
  • City of Hayward: Leidig Court, Tennyson High School Pedestrian Crossing, Tennyson Road and Industrial Parkway
  • Unincorporated Alameda County: Lewelling Boulevard
The 30-day public review and comment period closed May 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).
This segment of the Rail Safety Enhancement Project proposes safety improvements to 4 existing at-grade rail crossings on 29th, 37th, 50th, and Fruitvale Avenues in Oakland. The 30-day public review and comment period closed May 31, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Following are Categorical Exemptions (CE) for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements for existing at-grade rail crossings in Alameda County. Each had its own 30-day public review and comment period. There are three CE's in total.
Coming soon.

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Project Initiation Documents

Following are Project Initiation Documents (PID) for the Alameda County Rail Safety Enhancement Program's (RSEP) proposed safety improvements for existing at-grade rail crossings in Alameda County. Each document details recommendations of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rail Crossings and Engineering Branch staff for RSEP, Phase B crossing safety improvements.
Coming soon.