By Erica Madison
At a joint City Council and Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority meeting on Jan 6, 2009, Public Works staff, presented partial solutions to the $74 million traffic problem.
After presenting City Council with a list of concerns about ACCMA’s I-880 improvement proposal, the staff presented less than satisfactory mitigations.
- Provide transit queue-jump lanes during peak times by limiting parking from Buena Vista to the bridge.
- These lanes could become exclusive transit lanes. The parking limitations will coincide with the peak direction of travel.
- Provide full traffic signal detection at Buena Vista Ave, Clement Ave, Blanding Ave, using latent technology.
- Modifying signals and cabinets to accommodate transit queue-jumps.
- Provide appropriate signage and striping changes to implement the peak time queue jumpers and exclusive transit lanes.
- Provide signal preemption equipment at Buena Vista Ave., Clement Ave. and Blanding Ave. intersections to implement future signal priority for transit buses.
- Include transit improvements along 23rd and 29th Avenues in Oakland to improve transit access to the freeway.
However, City Council members were unimpressed with Public Works solutions to I-880 improvement problems.
”You guys (Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and Public Works), need to lock yourselves into a room until you figure this out”, said Mayor Beverly Johnson.