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The City of Oakland is studying the feasibility and potential for an improved Broadway transit service to enhance the local and regional transit systems' efficiency, improve connectivity between the corridor's neighborhoods, and spur economic development on and adjacent to Broadway. The Study Area includes Broadway, the city’s central downtown corridor, from Jack London Square to Kaiser Hospital, and 40th Street from Broadway to MacArthur BART. Electric streetcar (on tracks) and enhanced bus alternatives are both being considered as mode options. The potential project would connect BART, AC Transit, Capital Corridor/Amtrak and the SF Bay Ferry, and potentially serve as a catalyst for mixed-use development and business attraction along the Broadway corridor.
Funded by the Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant program with funding from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, the Study also considered an enhanced bus alternative that would connect Jack London Square to the Rockridge BART station.
The Broadway Shuttle (also called the "Free B") is a City of Oakland project with public and private funding sources (see bshuttle.com) that currently serves a portion of the Broadway corridor, from Jack London Square to Grand Avenue, and provides over 760,000 passenger trips per year. The Broadway Transit Circulator Study seeks to answer the question: “How can the Broadway Shuttle be more effective and sustainable?”
The City of Oakland worked with the public transit providers and agencies in the Study Area, including AC Transit, BART, Capitol Corridor/Amtrak, SF Bay Ferry, Caltrans and the Alameda County Transportation Committee, who together constituted the Study’s Technical Advisory Committee. A Business Advisory Committee including local Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, Visit Oakland, property owners, developers and other business stakeholders was also convened for the Study. Public community meetings were organized to incorporate feedback from residents and stakeholders into the Study’s analysis and recommendations.
The study analyzed capital and operating costs, ridership, and the economic development potential for both electric streetcar and enhanced bus modes, as well as the potential for the project to be integrated within and strengthen an already transit rich corridor. The Study was completed in the winter of 2014. Additional feasibility analysis is being conducted, and City staff will eventually present the project to the Oakland City Council with a potential recommendation to further develop one or more alternatives.
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The purpose of the Broadway Transit Circulator Project is to connect residents, employees and visitors along the Broadway corridor to major employment and commercial districts, downtown neighborhoods, activity centers, tourist destinations and the regional transit network while promoting economic development (mixed-use development and business attraction) and the on-going revitalization of Downtown Oakland. The project has several overarching goals:
- Improve the ride experience and quality of transit service along the corridor.
- Support economic and community development.
- Provide convenient and frequent urban circulator service along Broadway.
- Support environmental sustainability and enhanced public health.
- Improve and strengthen the local and regional transit networks.
- Enhance social equity.
- Deliver a project that is cost effective, feasible and has community support.
Study Process and Schedule
Key Project Activities (last updated October 2014)
|Statement of Purpose and Need||The purpose will match community goals, transit provider needs and the City’s Complete Streets Policy||January-September 2014|
|Develop Streetcar and Enhanced Bus Alternatives||Travel demand and ridership, route planning, cost projections, economic development analysis.||June 2013-October 2014|
|Technical Advisory Group Meetings||City staff, local transit providers and agencies convene to review mode and route alternatives as needed during the Study.||Five meetings: July 2013, September 2013, January 2014, July 2014, September 2014|
|Business Advisory Group||Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, Visit Oakland, property owners, developers and other business stakeholders convene to review mode and rout alternatives as needed during the Study.||Two meetings: May 2014, October 2014|
|Public Meetings||Two public meetings are scheduled to review mode and route alternatives, and conceptual designs.||July 10, 2014 and October 30, 2014|
|Develop Preferred Concepts||Develop recommended Streetcar and Enhanced Bus alternatives, including cost estimates, potential funding sources, phasing and next steps.||June-October 2014|
|Report findings to Oakland City Council||Report technical findings, feedback from the public and staff recommendations to Oakland City Council||Planned 2016|
Project Materials (click on links to view)
Final Broadway Transit Circulator Study Report (October 2014)
Final Economic Benefits Summary (October 2014)
Final Economic Benefits Full Report (October 2014)
Draft Purpose and Need (April 2014)
Draft Evaluation of Alternatives (March 2014)
First Public Meeting Materials (July 10, 2014)
Second Public Meeting Materials (October 30, 2014)
Summary of Public Comments (submitted at meeting)
Summary of Public Comments (submitted by email)
Please complete this survey after reviewing study materials to let us know your opinions on potential transit improvements in the Broadway corridor.
How to Get Involved/Meeting Annoucements
The City of Oakland presented the draft Broadway Transit Circulator alternatives for feedback at a public open house from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 at Oakland City Hall. The final draft Broadway Transit Circulator alternatives were presented at a public open house from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 at Oakland City Hall, for additional feedback. Open house materials are posted in the Project Materials section of this webpage.
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Findings from this study will be presented to Oakland City Council in 2016. Please watch this webpage for further information.
Background Material (click on links to view)
"EBOTS" (Emeryville Berkeley Oakland Transit Study - a complementary study led by the City of Emeryville)
Jack London BART Feasibility Study 2004 (studied Streetcar alternative)