As promised by SunCal during this ARRA meeting, the Development Concept Plan contains a whole section on Transportation Strategies developed by Fehr and Peers for implementation at Alameda Point. For those that want to read it for themselves, it is Section 7 and begins on page 109 on the reader. Cutting right to the nut meat of the transit strategies, SunCal is proposing a phased deployment of their strategies which Jean Sweeney, should be delighted to read about after sending this letter to Alameda Daily News:
…Re Transportation Element Impact Report, Section 4.2 Transportation Circulation, Policy EIR-7 seems to say that we have to tolerate unmitigated congestion because TDM measures are forthcoming. I will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge if you believe that statement.
The whole 876 page Element is a bunch of over worded grovel and, if the transportation solution is not in place before the building starts, then tell the greedy developers NO DICE…
I’m not precisely sure what “grovel” means when used as a noun, but if I attempt to analyze that word choice any further, I will digress badly.
Anyway, this phased deployment is meant to align with the phased development described in the Phasing section of the document (pp 50 & 51 on the reader). I have extracted the map showing the different phases, click to enlarge:
The details of what is built in each phase can be found on page 51 of the reader. And the accompanying transportation solution for Phase 1 is (p. 115 of the reader):
The Phase 1 or “Day One” component of the Plan creates an environment attractive to individuals and families who select their homes based on the walkability, bikability, and transit friendliness of a neighborhood. This set of “Day One” improvements is meant to populate Alameda Point with people who may prefer to own fewer vehicles per household and make trips in modes other than a single-occupant automobile, and to create a strong foundation to expand transit and leverage opportunities for partnerships and funding. It is challenging to change people’s travel habits retroactively, so the project at Alameda Point will provide transportation and commute options from the day the first home is occupied in order to make transit as attractive as possible, integrated into people’s travel patterns as quickly as possible.
- Ferry Services
- Dedicated shuttle or AC transit bus route connecting Alameda Point to the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station operating every day from 5am – 11pm, with shuttles every 10-15 min
- On-Site Transportation Coordinator to present, advertise and support the following programs:
- Eco Pass
- Bicycle Sharing
- Resident and Employee Ridematching/Ridesharing
- Guaranteed Ride Home Program
In Phase 2:
…car and bicycle share programs will be increased. “Rapid” bus service will commence to both 12th Street and Fruitvale BART stations, replacing the initial shuttle or bus line…
In Phase 3:
…the Alameda ferry terminal will relocate to Seaplane Lagoon, providing a significant transit enhancement for Alameda Point residents, employees, and visitors. The ferry terminal will serve as a transit hub for Alameda Point, with shuttles, buses, the Transportation Coordinator, and car and bicycle share programs housed at this one location.
Finally, during this phase, significant bus transit enhancements will occur with additional bus service, traffi c signal priority for buses, and queue-jumping lanes constructed at key “choke” points. Transit service will continue to be increased and TDM programs will be expanded.
In Phase 4 & 5:
A bus rapid transit (BRT) system with a dedicated right-of-way will be deployed across the Island. An Island-wide bicycle path through a dedicated greenway may also be completed and an attended bicycle station and maintenance facility will open in the ferry transit hub.
And beyond Phases 4 & 5 there is a mention of the PRT option.
The Transportation section goes on to further describe the different transportation solutions that will be phased into the project. Such as for bus service, they propose splitting the line 63 into two parts in order to make it more efficient for West End residents trying to get into downtown Oakland. Or perhaps (as others have recommended) creating Island shuttles to supplement AC Transit and create shorter headways, thereby making transit more attractive. (p. 117 on the reader)
For those that couldn’t quite figure out how the queue-jumping lanes would work through the tubes, it is described on p. 118 on the reader. The plan recognizes, as folks have already realized, that a rapid bus would lose effectiveness if subject to the same congestion as a single occupany vehicle and so they are working on how to develop queue jump lanes both on the Alameda side and the Oakland side, but making sure that it is compatible with the Broadway/Jackson project.
There is a lot more detail about the EcoPass program (p. 122) transit passes that are issued to every resident and employee which would be funded through a mandatory transit assessment district (think HOA dues but for transit), carsharing programs, the on-site transportation coordinator, the guaranteed ride home program (which is really interesting by the way, think of it as “commute insurance” as labelled in the plan), etc… This section is worth a read for anyone with concerns about transportation and traffic and how the developer proposes to mitigate the anticipated congestion.