The San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project Launches Phase II

Updated May ‘22

ACTC chooses bus lanes & protected bike lanes

On March 14, ACTC (Alameda County Transportation Commission) voted to approve Concept A to improve public safety, speed up service for riders, and sustain projected growth along the corridor.

Concept A includes both bus lanes and protected bike lanes on San Pablo Ave. from 16th Street in Downtown Oakland through Emeryville to Heinz Street in South Berkeley  This decision is based on multi-year public engagement effort with residents and businesses that wrapped up this past winter.

Next steps for ACTC:

  • Get construction funding.
  • Gather resident feedback on block-by-block design plans this summer (check here for updates).
  • Complete this near-term project in the next 3-5 years pending funding.

The long-term San Pablo Corridor Project stretches from Downtown Oakland to Richmond with a completion date of 2040.

Why San Pablo Ave? San Pablo Avenue is one of the streets with the most vehicle collisions and injuries in Alameda County. It has some of the highest bus ridership in the county, but traffic leads to slow and unreliable transit service. Although it is a frequently used bicycle route, it is dangerous for bike riders.

Project summary

Project Phase 1: ACTC conducted community outreach from 2017-2019, presenting four design options to residents and businesses along the corridor (this included meeting with Golden Gate residents). See 2.2 Summary of Concepts on the Phase 1 Summary Report. Phase 1 research found that most surveyed residents in Oakland and Emeryville preferred Concept A, which included dedicated bus and bicycle lanes (ACTC is recommending Concept B for Berkeley and Albany).

Project Phase 2: This past winter, project staff gathered feedback on the proposed design directly from storefront businesses on San Pablo Avenue, to understand how project changes might impact their business, and to make adjustments if necessary.

With support from Golden Gate Community Association (GGCA) and other nearby community groups,  this past winter ACTC performed a series of focus groups with residents who live along the corridor, to understand resident perspectives at a deeper level.