What do you think about dedicated bus lanes on San Pablo Ave?

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What if dedicated bus lanes and stations were installed along San Pablo Avenue between Hilltop in Richmond and downtown Oakland? It’s an idea that requires your input.

San Pablo Avenue is a vital corridor connecting East Bay communities, but it experiences high rates of collisions, and heavy traffic leads to poor on-time performance for local buses, according to transit officials.

It’s likely going to get worse with new housing popping up along the corridor, and that’s the reason several public agencies have united to launch the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project, a regional effort to implement short and long-term improvements on a 12-mile stretch of the avenue.

Currently in the conceptual design stage, the project is undergoing a public outreach phase. Residents are asked to fill out a quick online SURVEY that floats ideas for the corridor, such as center-running dedicated bus lanes and station platforms and bike lanes. The survey deadline is Sunday, May 26.

Also, the public is encouraged to attend two free workshops: On Tuesday, May 14, at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., from 7 pm. to 8:15 p.m. (Environmental Quality Committee Meeting); and on Thursday, May 23, at Francis Albrier Community Center (at San Pablo Park) at 2800 Park St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on this project, visit the Alameda CTC project web page.