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February 24, 2015

This joint meeting is jumping

Filed under: Alameda, City Council, Development, Transportation — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

If you are concerned about traffic and/or transportation at all if there is one meeting that you should go to it’s the joint Planning Board and Transportation Commission meeting on Wednesday night.  That meeting is positively jam packed with key transportation issues moving forward.   Including Tony Daysog’s super incredible uber packed Transportation extravaganza plan.   That will cost, approximately, between $250K – $400K to implement.  The number is higher the more times it has to be vetted by the Boards and Commissions.  And it will take around 12 – 18 months to actual happen.

The city did stick this slide into its presentation:

VMT

Which I’ve written about previously, but that people will always feel is an incorrect assessment despite data and stuff because they feel like their commute is longer/roads are more congested/etc. From US PIRG:

The baseline forecast of total driving miles shows an increase of only 0.75 percent annually during the period from 2012 to 2042, with population growth averaging 0.7 percent each year – thus leaving driving miles per-person essentially flat.

According to the FHWA report, “This represents a significant slowdown from the growth in total VMT experienced over the past 30 years, which averaged 2.08% annually.”

That should be an interesting discussion.

The next agenda item is about the Cross Alameda Trail between Main and Webster on RAMP which I’m really excited about.  Here are the renderings:

CAT1 CAT2 CAT3 CAT4

 

For those with a fondness for all things throwback, the City is proposing a monolith at the corner of RAMP and Webster that resembles the old Neptune Beach tower.  If everything goes to plan, construction isn’t due to start until August 2015, which I hope they are able to start it when school is out so that the construction doesn’t interfere with the school sessions for schools that are in the general vicinity.  When school is in session there’s a lot of action around that Beltline parcel so it would be better to have construction completed, at least on the sections where students will be before the start of the school year.

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5 Comments

  1. Where can we throwback fans find out more about the Neptune Beach tower project?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — February 24, 2015 @ 10:38 am

  2. Click the link and then download the powerpoint, but here’s what it would (sort of) look like in context:

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2015 @ 11:06 am

  3. One thing I’m concerned about with this plan for the Cross Alameda Trail between Main & Webster is in this statement found in the link Lauren included:

    “The City also plans to widen Appezzato Pkwy to accommodate exclusive bus lanes between Alameda Point and Webster Street.”

    So all the area in the diagram above which is on the north side of the Bike Path, which is colored brown, will only temporarily be open space. At some point in the next few years, it will be paved over and replaced with a bus lane. I would rather have more open space with trees, landscaping, etc on the north boundary of the bike trail to add a pleasing open-space buffer. If they put the rapid bus lane in, Appezzato will be an immense, wide sea of concrete. Perhaps a bus lane would move a couple of buses slightly faster down that stretch of road, but it would be at the expense of park open space, which we all need more of.

    That vague but big piece of brown space in the diagram would be paved over to make a rapid bus lane. Do people want that?

    Comment by AJ — February 24, 2015 @ 11:50 am

  4. That Neptune Tower looks like the Stonehenge they got in Spinal Tap when they got ” and ‘ muddled.

    Comment by BC — February 24, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

  5. You know a Spinal Tap reference is not complete without video:

    Comment by Lauren Do — February 24, 2015 @ 3:19 pm


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