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.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. What needs to be done is timed lights not only in Richmond but San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany and Berkeley and Oakland. Traffic is NOT going away, all a bus lane will do is put more traffic on city side streets, look at the traffic jams that metering lights have done on freeway approaches. Our city roads were not built for today’s traffic, when Richmond lots and streets were designed most people if they were lucky only had one car, now there’s two maybe three cars or more at one house. San Pablo ave. was Hyw 40 and through the years traffic planners have tried to slow traffic on that road. Traffic needs to FLOW not be SLOWED!

  2. I believe having a dedicated bus lane with heavily impact the current flow of traffic. It will cause the current lanes to back up and drivers will be forced to use the bus lane to get through intersections. The traffic on San Pablo ave is already horrific. Why make it worse?

  3. I believe having a dedicated bus lane will heavily impact the current flow of traffic. It will cause the current lanes to back up and drivers will be forced to use the bus lane to get through intersections. The traffic on San Pablo ave is already horrific. Why make it worse?

  4. A bus lane is a fantastic idea. Our streets should prioritize the movement of people, not the movement of vehicles.
    As more people move to the area we can’t just keep cramming more cars into the same amount of space. We need people out of their cars so that more PEOPLE are able to fit in our streets.

  5. Most vehicle trips in the east bay are from people driving relatively short distances because driving is currently the only viable option for most people to get to where we need to go.

    We need to change this if we want to live sustainability. Everyone should have the option to bike or take transit to safely get to where they need to go, but sadly that’s not an option today. Most bike routes in the east bay are a stunt course at best, and transit service is inconvenient and glacial, usually taking at least 4x as long to get anywhere. So driving becomes the only option, which sucks.

    Yes we should absolutely make San Pablo more bicycle and transit friendly, but this shouldn’t be done in a vacuum. Bike and transit routes are only as useful as what they connect to. So there should be feeder bike and transit routes that connect to this. Otherwise it will end up being under-utilized.

    Driving shouldn’t be the only option to safely and conveniently get anywhere. More safe bicycle and transit alternatives are the only way to combat our growing and crippling traffic congestion.

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