Weak connectivity between neighborhoods west of San Pablo Avenue and commercial centers in downtown Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco has long hampered residents’ ability to thrive economically. Sparse BART and AC Transit routes are compounded by limited bike infrastructure and unsafe pedestrian conditions. A projected increase the number of residents due to San Francisco spill-over has added urgency to the issue.

To fix the problem, the city of Emeryville has been awarded a Federal grant to analyze how best to enhance public transportation along the Oakland-Emeryville-Berkeley corridor west of San Pablo Avenue. The EBOTS study, according to Emeryville’s website, “will model transit demand, analyze gaps, compare modes and institutional structures, and plan for transit to support and be supported by economic development.” The goal of EBOTS is to identify transit improvements to create a well-connected and cohesive corridor with ample access to jobs, education and cultural action.

Emeryville is working with the two neighboring cities, consultants and transit agencies including AC Transit, BART, Amtrak Capitol Corridor, Emery-Go-Round and Berkeley Gateway Transportation. Most importantly the city is working with the community. The study will develop transit models based on data collected from a broad-based outreach campaign including a public survey and community workshops.

Please visit these links to take the online questionnaire in English or in Spanish.

There will be three community workshops:

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline St., Oakland

Saturday, November 9, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
James Kenney Community Center, 1720 8th St., Berkeley

Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Emery Unified School District, 1275 61st St., Emeryville

More information can be found at www.emeryville.org/ebots

Full disclosure: the author is affiliated with MIG, the consultant team working on the project.

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