Announcing: Transport Oakland’s Policy Group

Transportation policy can be fun to watch, and critical to engage, but policy is always better with friends. Transport Oakland created the Transport Oakland Policy Group for this exact purpose. Whether you’re new to Oakland and want to learn about current events, or know Oakland well and want to learn how our transportation policy gets made, the Policy Group mailing list may be for you. Read more

More chances for City Budget feedback, can the bike plan contract pass PWC?, and BART Twitter town hall! 3 Things to Watch 5.22.17

3 Things to Watch 5.22.17

Transport Oakland is committed to shining a light on all the transportation-related things going on in Oakland and the East Bay. We recognize that it’s hard to keep up with all the agendas, PDFs, and arcane terminology. To that end, we’ve launched a regular series called “3 Things to Watch” to demystify the transportation world and let you know how you can make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Tips for future 3 Things to Watch items should be sent to christopher@transportoakland.org.

#1: Only 2 City Budget Forums Left; Council President’s Draft Budget Coming Soon

What it is: The City’s budgeting process rolls on. There are still lots of opportunities to get involved before the budget is adopted at the end of June! Read more

Transport Oakland is seeking new board members

Building off early success, Transport Oakland seeks to expand its six-person Board of Directors. We are looking for people who are passionate about Oakland and have a working understanding of and interest in local transportation, politics, and/or fundraising. We especially encourage candidates who have experience working with or are part of Oakland communities underrepresented in transportation decisions and processes (e.g., low income communities, communities of color, neighborhoods outside of downtown, people with disabilities, etc.) and are seeking a wide range of ages, gender orientations, professional experiences, and preferred transportation modes.

If you are interested in learning more, please download our full posting, complete an application or contact Kenya Wheeler (kenya@transportoakland.org)

Transport Oakland’s Response to Mayor Schaaf’s Draft 2017-19 City Budget

Mayor Schaaf & Members of the Oakland City Council,

Transport Oakland is pleased to support the draft City budget released on April 28th, pending the adjustments promised by Mayor Schaaf at the May 2nd City Council meeting. Transport Oakland feels that the current draft budget reflects our platform of livability, vitality, sustainability, and equity for the City and its residents. The draft 2017-2019 budget seeks to make the best of a precarious budget situation, with a $32 million operating deficit and many departments being asked to tighten their belts.

Of special importance in this year’s budget is the funding of a fully-fledged Department of Transportation; it represents a promise kept to the voters of Oakland and a vehicle for timely delivery of the Measure KK infrastructure bond. The Oakland Department of Transportation, being funded largely from sources outside the General Fund, will have a minimal impact on the City’s budget deficit. Read more

City Budget, ride bikes with Ryan Russo, and why is the Oakland Bike Plan contract delayed again? 3 Things to Watch, May 2017

Transport Oakland is committed to shining a light on all the transportation-related things going on in Oakland and the East Bay. We recognize that it’s hard to keep up with all the agendas, PDFs, and arcane terminology. To that end, we’ve launched a regular series called “3 Things to Watch” to demystify the transportation world and let you know how you can make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Tips for future 3 Things to Watch items should be sent to christopher@transportoakland.org.

#1: Draft City Budget & CIP are out for public review

What it is: On Friday, April 28th, Mayor Schaaf’s office released their draft for the 2017-19 Oakland City Budget and their draft of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. Read more

Enforcing Safe Pedestrian Access During Oakland’s Construction Boom

What do you when you’re walking and you see the sidewalk ahead is closed–do you go across the street or walk in the travel lane to get through? If you are like me (and many others), you probably walk in the street. Humans regularly choose convenience over safety when the built environment forces them to choose.

Recently, OakDOT issued guidance to require designing for pedestrian convenience (as well for bicyclists and bus facilities) when buildings are under construction. According to the new guidance:

  • “Pedestrian Detours” are not acceptable in Downtown Oakland, along major transit corridors, or along neighborhood commercial streets.  A sidewalk that is completely closed and requires crossing to the other side of the street is called a “pedestrian detour.” Detours are only allowed when there is a construction flagger present.
  • “Pedestrian Diversions” must be provided. A “Pedestrian Diversion” is  is a temporary walkway installed on the same side of the street as the obstruction allowing pedestrians to bypass the construction without having to cross the street.

So, how do project sponsors know they have to comply with the new requirements? When a construction sponsor files for an “Obstruction Permit” to block sidewalk or street space, they must submit a “Temporary Traffic Control Plan” (TTCP) that OakDOT staff review for compliance with the guidance before the permit is issued.

Oakland is entering a construction boom, so now is an important time to ensure construction project sponsors are aware of and complying with the new requirements. And now is also an important time to ensure that OakDOT has staffing resources to provide enough inspectors to enforce the new guidance and respond to complaints made through SeeClickFix or the Call Center.

We noticed some sidewalk detours around Oakland and did a little digging about how the new guidance was affecting them. Read more

3 Things to Watch, April 2017

3 Things to Watch 4.6.17

Transport Oakland is committed to shining a light on all the transportation-related things going on in Oakland and the East Bay. We recognize that it’s hard to keep up with all the agendas, PDFs, and arcane terminology. To that end, we’ve launched a regular series called “3 Things to Watch” to demystify the transportation world and let you know how you can make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Tips for future 3 Things to Watch items should be sent to christopher@transportoakland.org.

#1: CHA-CHING! ACTC CIP Poised to Award Oakland More than $40 Million

What it is: At the end of last month, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) released their Draft 2018 Comprehensive Investment Plan (CIP). Of $261 million earmarked for transportation spending in Alameda County over the next two years, OakDOT is lined up to receive over $40 million for mobility projects across the city. Read more

3 Things to Watch, 3.14.17

Transport Oakland is committed to shining a light on all the transportation-related things going on in Oakland and the East Bay. We recognize that it’s hard to keep up with all the agendas, PDFs, and arcane terminology. To that end, we’re launching a new regular series called “3 Things to Watch”. We’ll demystify what’s going on in the transportation world and let you know how you can make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Tips for future 3 Things to Watch items should be sent to christopher@transportoakland.org.

#1: A successful OakDOT starts with a good City budget

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How do we Measure Equity for Oakland’s iBond?

In the first two months of 2017 Transport Oakland participated in an Infrastructure Bond Working Group, convened by the Mayor’s Office, along with representatives from over 30 community and business organizations. Over three meetings the group tried to tackle the hard question: How do we measure Equity, Mobility, and Resiliency when investing the $600 million raised by Measure KK (aka the iBond) over the next ten years? And how does that translate into actual projects that go into the City’s Capital Improvement Plan – aka the CIP?

So we Passed the iBond – What’s Next?

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