Transportation

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Mission Statement: Provides leadership and creative strategies for transportation planning by implementing forward-thinking solutions to meet community needs and to build a sustainable future for Alamedans.

City of Alameda Transportation Projects

Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge in West AlamedaAlameda, in partnership with the City of Oakland and others, is working to create a vastly improved estuary crossing for people traveling on foot, wheels and bicycle. A new bicycle/pedestrian lift bridge is envisioned that would create an easy-to-use, safe and enjoyable connection, filling the significant gap in walking and biking facilities between the West End of Alameda and Oakland.

Central Avenue: The concept for this project includes a reduction from four to three travel lanes, a center turn lane, bike lanes in the Gold Coast area, a two-way separated bikeway in the west end to Washington Park, street trees/rain gardens and intersection improvements such as roundabouts, curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and new crosswalks.

Cross Alameda Trail Overall: This project, which is being built in segments, is envisioned as a premiere cross-town, low-stress four-mile bicycling and walking corridor that will connect the west side of the island to the east, from the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point to the Miller-Sweeney (Fruitvale) Bridge.

Clement Avenue: This project consists of a two-way bikeway on the north/estuary side of the street, curb extensions, sidewalk/curb ramp improvements and railroad track removal. It forms a 1.2 mile segment of the Cross Alameda Trail.

Clement Avenue/Tilden Way: This project will use the abandoned railroad right-of-way along Tilden Way and the eastern terminus of Clement Avenue. It will also build the most eastern segment of the 4-mile east-west Cross Alameda Trail, and will directly connect to the Clement Avenue Safety Improvement project, which also is part of the Cross Alameda Trail.

Cross Alameda Trail - Main Street to Constitution Way: This project, completed in August 2020, provides off-street biking, walking, and jogging trails along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway from Webster St to Main St, as well as one block of two-way cycle track on Atlantic from Webster St to Constitution Way.

Grand Street Resurfacing and Safety Improvement Project: The City has identified Grand Street between Shore Line Drive and Encinal Avenue as a high priority for pavement improvements.  The project also is considering safety improvements such as high visibility crosswalks, curb extensions, flashing beacons at Wood School and at the Grand Street/San Antonio Avenue intersection, a protected bike lane for Wood School access/egress, enhancements to bike lanes including buffering where space is available, enhanced bus stops by Shore Line Drive and Wood School, and narrower travel lanes to encourage slower vehicle speeds.  

Lincoln/Marshall/Pacific Avenue Safety Improvement Project: Street design improvements on this corridor from Broadway to Main Street, 3.1 miles with community outreach and draft concept expected in 2022.

Mecartney Road/Island Drive Improvements: As a key intersection on Bay Farm Island, the Mecartney/Island Improvement Project is in the City’s Capital Improvement Program totaling $300,000 from Measures B/BB monies to fund an analysis and outreach effort so as to improve this busy intersection bringing it up to current best practice standards for safety, adjacent bus stops, path crossings and aesthetics. 

Northern Shoreline near Posey/Webster Tubes: The northern shoreline at the foot of Mariner Square Drive is expected to be an entry point for coastal flooding at the 100-year flood event, which includes the Webster and Posey Tubes, State Route 260 and adjacent local streets and properties.  City staff are seeking funding to begin the project to bolster the seawall barrier to keep out bay water.

Otis DriveThe goals of this project are to reduce speeds and flooding and to improve safety for all users including a four to three lane conversion, a bikeway, bus stop improvements and street trees, and completed with construction in spring 2021. 

Willie Stargell Avenue: The City will be seeking grant funding to make improvements to Stargell Avenue between Main and Fifth Streets, including separate walking and bicycling paths in the vacant right-of-way north of the roadway, intersection safety and access improvements at the crossings and transit queue jump lanes at either end of the project.

The above projects are funded by a variety of federal, state and local sources including the gasoline tax - SB 1 monies - and the transportation sales tax monies - Measure B and Measure BB, which are administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.    

Other Transportation Projects (Not led by City)

Doolittle DriveDoolittle Drive in Oakland is expected to be an entry point for coastal flooding at the 100-year flood event.  City staff are working with the key stakeholders - Caltrans, the Port of Oakland, East Bay Regional Park District and the City of Oakland - to seek funding for the project so as to bolster the seawall barrier to keep out bay water.

Encinal Avenue: This Caltrans project consists of restriping and improving State Route 61 (Encinal Avenue) between Sherman Street/Central Avenue and Broadway with resurfacing, a road diet from four lanes to two lanes, a center turn lane and bike lanes.  In April 2020, Caltrans completed the environmental document (Categorical Exclusion/Categorical Exemption).  In 2021, design is anticipated to be completed in summer 2021.  Caltrans is expected to begin construction starting in December 2021 with the construction duration estimated to be 190 working days.  To view a Virtual Open House that includes Encinal Avenue, please click here.  The Caltrans staff contact is Janis Mara at Janis.Mara@dot.ca.gov 

Oakland Alameda Access Project (formerly called the “Broadway/Jackson” Project): This project, led by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), includes improvements to the Jackson Street on-ramp and off-ramp, Sixth Street, Webster Tube entrance from 5th & Broadway, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements to the Webster and Posey Tubes and to adjacent streets in Alameda and Oakland, plus elimination of the Broadway off-ramp. City of Alameda staff is actively engaging with staff from Alameda CTC, Caltrans and the City of Oakland to pursue a mutually beneficial multimodal circulation project in and around the Broadway/Jackson interchanges. The project is in the environmental phase. The Draft Environmental Document was released in late 2020 for public input; the Final Environmental Document will be released in 2021. There is $75 million from Measure B/BB funds that are available to help fund this project once the final project alternative is approved. 

The City of Alameda’s Transportation Commission considered this project at their October 28, 2020 meeting, and the City Council at its November 17, 2020 meeting. The City submitted comments on the draft Environmental Document(PDF, 186KB) in December 2020.

 

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Alameda Loop Shuttle: A shuttle service that is open to the public and targets seniors and people with disabilities - operating Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Click Here

Alameda Transportation Management Association (Alameda TMA): A separate non-profit organization that is in charge of implementing transportation programs for employers and residents who contribute to the organization. Click Here

Bicycle Safety Classes: After the successful completion of a two-year grant that supported the expansion of the bicycle safety classes offered in Alameda by Bike East Bay, from Fall 2017 to Fall 2019, the City is now using local funds to support increased safety classes.

Bikeshare: Alameda was the first East Bay city with a public dock-less bike share system. Click here to learn more. 

Bike Valet Parking at Fruitvale BART Station: Secure parking can be found at the Fruitvale Bike Station, featuring free, secure bike storage and a full-service bike repair shop. 

Carshare: Starting May 2018, up to 35 Gig Car Share vehicles were launched on the main island of Alameda, ready to be used for one-way trips between the main island of Alameda, core East Bay communities, and five San Francisco locations.  Getaround has vehicles in four dedicated spaces in Alameda as well as peer-to-peer carshare in Alameda.  For adults, order on line or at Walgreens. 

Clipper Cards:  Clipper is the all-in-one transit card for the Bay Area that makes it easier to ride transit.  You can add value to your card as you go, or for added convenience, you can set up Autoload, which automatically reloads your card whenever your pass expires or your cash value balance falls below $10.  Youth discounts and discounts for seniors/people with disabilities also are available.

Electric Vehicle Adoption: Alameda is striving for a cleaner, zero-greenhouse gas emission future.  With Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), the city-owned electric utility, providing 100 percent clean energy by January 1, 2020, transportation emissions will represent over 70 percent of Alameda's greenhouse gas emissions. The city's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, which is in the draft Climate Action and Resiliency Plan Click here to learn more.

FasTrak: FasTrak or new toll tag for upcoming I-880 Express Lanes scheduled to open late summer 2020: on line or at Walgreens (except not Park Street location) and then register on line

Guaranteed Ride Home Program: For Alameda County employees using transit or walking, bicycling, carpooling or vanpooling to work, you can register for theGuaranteed Ride Home program. The program guarantees a free ride home for employees working in the event of unexpected circumstances such as illness, family crisis or unscheduled overtime.

Safe Routes to School: School routes, Countywide SR2S information and school maps are provided here, under "Getting to School."

Slow Streets Alameda: In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the City launched a Slow Streets program in April 2020 to provide more space for people to walk and bike with the required physical distancing.

Street Trees and Tree Removal: The City of Alameda maintains an urban forest of street trees.  For tree removal, staff is available to assist.

Traffic Calming and Traffic Safety: The City has many ongoing projects and programs to calm traffic and improve traffic safety. Learn about the overall program here.

Vision Zero: Traffic safety program aimed at eliminating traffic deaths and life-changing injuries. Click here

The City's transportation planning and programming funding is largely supported by Alameda County's Measure B and BB.

Smart City Master Plan

Admin Draft comments are due on Thursday, January 13, and the Admin Draft can be viewed here(PDF, 24MB).

At the September 19, 2017 City Council Meeting, City Council initiated a City Council Referral to investigate options to provide free public Wi-Fi throughout the City as part of the Smart City Initiatives in the Information Technology Strategic Plan (2017).  With the COVID-19 Shelter in Place orders and increased distance learning and remote work, the need for available public Wi-Fi has increased.  At the December 15, 2020 City Council Meeting, City Council received an update on the Smart City initiatives related to the City Council referral and approved the consultant contract for Iteris to develop a Smart City Master Plan, which will guide the City’s use of new technology to improve community members’ lives.  At the October 5, 2021 City Council Meeting, City Council reviewed and provided direction on the preliminary needs assessment and recommendations as shown here.

Active Transportation Plan

From Fall 2019 to 2021, the City will be developing the Alameda Active Transportation Plan, which will update the existing Pedestrian Plan (2009) and Bicycle Master Plan (2010), both found under Key Documents on this same web page. Your voice is essential in this process - get involved and learn more at www.ActiveAlameda.org

Roundabouts Planning Efforts

Due to the benefits of modern roundabouts, the City’s Annual Report on Transportation(PDF, 4MB) (January 2021) stated that City staff would hire Kittelson & Associates to provide an educational presentation on roundabouts(PDF, 2MB), to identify top locations for potential roundabouts, to peer review the proposed Central Avenue roundabouts, and to add policies related to roundabouts in the General Plan update.  The first amendment of the agreement included an evaluation of the Mecartney Road/Island Drive intersection for a potential roundabout, a peer review of the proposed roundabout at Sherman Street/Encinal Avenue/Central Avenue with potential right-of-way acquisition and grant writing, which was switched to a screening of roundabouts in the Lincoln Avenue/Marshall Way/Pacific Avenue corridor.  

Vision Zero Action Plan

Vision Zero is an international movement that provides a framework for reducing traffic deaths and life-changing injuries to zero, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. As required by Alameda's Vision Zero policy, In 2021 the City will complete a Vision Zero Action Plan that includes specific actions and policy changes to increase street safety in Alameda. More information is available at www.AlamedaCA.gov/VisionZero

Funding for these plans are largely supported by Alameda County's Measure B and BB.

Other Transportation Projects (Not led by City)

Link21

The City of Alameda supports a BART station in Alameda as part of Link21 - the new regional rail and transbay rail crossing project between San Francisco and Oakland.  Link21 is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Capitol Corridor) to transform the passenger rail network serving the 21-county Northern California Megaregion, which includes the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay area, the Sacramento area, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley.  At the core of Link21 is a new transbay rail crossing project between Oakland and San Francisco.  In addition to the new transbay rail crossing, Link21 will include other projects to improve the reliability, frequency, capacity and hours of service for Northern California's rail network.  Link21 project information is available on the webpage here.

Contact Us: For any transportation-related questions not answered on this web page, send an email to: transportation@alamedaca.gov  

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FAQs: To become better informed on the top questions received by City staff: please refer to the latest Status Report on Transportation(PDF, 2MB) ,  Safety/Traffic Calming web page, Vision Zero Safety web page, FAQs on transportation(PDF, 122KB)  and Transportation/Housing Overview(PDF, 1MB)

Meetings: To participate in transportation-related meetings or workshops, please refer on the Event Calendar

Resolving Issues: To submit service requests and reporting issues: See Click Fix  You also can download the mobile app.

Receive Safety Alerts: To receive text messages, emails or phone messages regarding urgent or emergency incidents: AC Alert

Transportation Commission: To learn about how to take part, please refer to the Transportation Commission web page. 

Alameda named a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community - December 8, 2021

Atlantic/Sherman Road Closure - November 30, 2021

City asks older residents to participate in a transportation survey - October 13, 2021

City requests input on Slow Streets program - August 9, 2021

AC Transit and WETA offer a new faster and low-cost commute to SF - August 4, 2021

City of Alameda Requests Input on Park and Webster Street changes - July 12, 2021

City of Alameda Releases Draft Vision Zero Action Plan - July 12, 2021

City Utilizes 9,143 Recycled Tires for Street Repair - June 30, 2021

Annual street repairs to begin in early July - June 30, 2021

Roadway changes supporting outdoor dining and retail being expanded - March 31, 2021

Alameda Police Receive a Traffic Data Grant - November 30, 2020

Alameda Police Receive Traffic Safety Grant - November 30, 2020

Construction to begin on Otis Dr. Traffic Calming & Safety Improvement - November 13, 2020

Street Repairs Continue - October 6, 2020 

Alameda's General Plan is being updated - August 18, 2020

Public Comment Period for Citywide Walking and Biking Proposals - August 13, 2020

Segment of Webster Street to be reduced to 2-lanes - August 4, 2020

Street Repairs and Resurfacing to Begin - July 30, 2020

City of Alameda Seeks Input on Walking and Biking Proposals - July 14, 2020

Segment of Park Street being restriped - July 8, 2020

City supports Commercial Streets program - June 18, 2020

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon to be installed at Fernside/Harvard - May 21, 2020

Slow Streets Alameda offers more space for physical distancing - April 27, 2020

Update on Public Transit: Bay Area Rapid Transit and AC Transit - March 17, 2020

Grand Opening Celebration of the Cross Alameda Trail - January 20, 2020

Make Your Voice Heard to Improve Walking and Biking in Alameda - January 17, 2020

Harbor Bay Parkway Signal Installation to Commence - January 14, 2020

About Active Alameda - December 5, 2019

Bicycle Lanes Coming to Main Street - October 15, 2019

New All-Way Stop Signs at Santa Clara Avenue and Willow Street - October 1, 2019

Request For Rider Evaluations for the Alameda Loop Shuttle - September 17, 2019

Tsunami Awareness Community Meetings - July 16, 2019

HIGH STREET BRIDGE EMERGENCY REPAIR - July 3, 2019

Annual Street Repair & Resurfacing Project Commences - June 10, 2019

Street Repairs on Portions of Pacific Avenue and Otis Drive - June 10, 2019

Clement Avenue Safety Project – Survey Now Available and Workshop - June 3, 2019

Preliminary Recommendations for Safety Improvements on Clement Avenue - May 14, 2019

Oakland/Western Alameda Project-a-Palooza, StreetsBlog SF - April 18, 2019

Next wave in commuting: pedaling the Oakland Estuary — for starters, SF Chronicle - April 14, 2019

Speeding and Safety Concerns on Otis Drive - Preliminary Recommendations - March 11, 2019

Construction of newest section of Cross Alameda Trail starts today - February 11, 2019 

Speeding and Safety Concerns on Otis Drive - January 9, 2019 

Posey and Webster Tubes to Close for Late-Night Biennial Tunnel Inspections - August 9, 2018

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon System (RRFB) to be installed at Island Drive and Maitland Drive - August 7, 2018

Annual Street Repair & Resurfacing Project Commences - July 24, 2018

New Alameda Point Entry During Construction - June 19, 2018

Housing and Traffic in Alameda - A Two Part Story - June 7, 2018

One-Way Car Share Launches on the Main Island of Alameda - May 15, 2018

Park Street Corridor Safety and Operational Improvements - May 14, 2018

 

 

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Lisa Foster
Senior Transportation Coordinator
Phone: 510-747-6833
Email: lfoster@alamedaca.gov

Key Projects/Programs: Vision Zero Traffic Safety; Parking Policy & Planning

Kat Kaldis
Paratransit Coordinator
Phone: 510-747-7513
Email: CityParatransit@alamedaca.gov

Key Programs: Paratransit Program including the Alameda Loop Shuttle, TNC concierge called Alameda Independent Mobility (AIM) and free bus passes for older adults

Gail Payne
Senior Transportation Coordinator
Phone: 510-747-6892
Email: gpayne@alamedaca.gov

Key Projects/Programs: Transit, Paratransit and Car Share; Corridor Improvement Projects; Transportation Commission; Adaptation Sea Level Rise Posey/Webster Tube Project; Smart City Master Plan

Rochelle Wheeler
Senior Transportation Coordinator
Phone: 510-747-7442
Email: rwheeler@alamedaca.gov

Key Projects/Programs: Active Transportation Plan update; Bike/Scooter Share; Bike Parking; West End Estuary Crossings (Water Shuttle and Bike/Pedestrian Bridge); Slow Streets program; Commercial Streets program