Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

Estuary crossing shuttle status?

May 30, 2011

They were supposed to be up and running by the end of May, anybody know if this is still on track?

In the even more near term, a proposed van-shuttle for bikes from the College of Alameda to Laney College is close to realization. Though the pick up points are local schools, the service will be open to the general public. The set-up is simply, requiring only a van and a trailer. The city has already received the grant, and the key players are working on signing contracts. “I’m hoping that by May, Bike-To-Work month, everything will be ready to go,” Gigli said.

On a related note, has a tilting bridge been considered as a more permanent alternative?

Alameda BART Station in 2050?

June 22, 2007

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The Chronicle is reporting that BART is considering several long term options including the possibility of a second transbay tube that serves Alameda and connects to the new Transbay terminal in downtown SFO.

This is definitely long term (2050), but still bears watching.

Ferry trouble

January 19, 2007

The Chronicle is reporting:

Officials have suspended ferry service to and from the Alameda Main Street Pier terminal as a safety precaution so inspectors can check potential problems with the pier pilings.

Traffic-calming art

December 14, 2006

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The Sunday NYT Magazine was the Annual Year in Ideas issue. Among the many interesting articles was the rather utilitarian goal behind a public art project in Cambridge, MA: to reduce traffic speeds at a busy intersection!

Soon the city was taking proposals for a circular mural, 20 feet in diameter, to be painted on the asphalt in the center of the intersection — a kind of artwork rotary. The objective, to reduce average speeds from 30 miles per hour to 25, seems relatively modest, but Rasmussen, citing statistics, says it’s significant: “The chance that a pedestrian would survive an accident is vastly greater at that speed.”

At a relatively modest cost of $10k (compared to what more conventional traffic calming methods would cost), the idea appears to be working.

Perhaps we might want to give this a whirl here as we embark on the many new developments?

Update: added traffic-calming image, courtesy Cambridge Bike Tours.

Panel discussion:Transportation impact

September 13, 2006

The League of Women Voters of Alameda is sponsoring a panel discussion on the transportation challenges and opportunities posed by pending waterfront development projects in both Alameda and Oakland

When: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28

Where: O Club, 641 West Redline Avenue, Alameda

The public is invited to this free event, and light refreshments will be provided. Waterfront developments such as the Oak to 9th project in Oakland, as well as Alameda Point and Alameda Landing in Alameda, will result in large increases in both residential population and commercial activity. How might thousands of additional housing units, new businesses, and related support services proposed for the two cities affect traffic congestion, especially access to and from local freeways and in the island city of Alameda?

THE PANELISTS:
Matthew Ridgway, AICP. A principal of Fehr and Peers in San Francisco, Matt headed the transportation planning for both the Oak to 9th Street Project and the Alameda Point Preliminary Development Concept process.

H. E. Christian “Chris” Peeples. Chris has served as Director At Large on the AC Transit District Board since 1997.

MODERATOR:
Kate Quick, President, League of Women Voters of Alameda