"West Oakland Link Meeting, Tuesday September 12, 6-7:30 pm" - concept illustration of two people walking with bags along a wooden pathway next to a railing and trees - Map of West Oakland Link project alignment along W Grand Ave in Oakland from Mandela Pkwy to Maritime St

Join the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, to learn about the West Oakland Link, a plan to safely connect the Bay Skyway/Bay Bridge Trail with West Oakland and the Port by creating accessible bike and walking paths. Hear directly from the planners, ask questions, and learn how you can help shape the West Oakland Link in the coming months.

Date: September 12th, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Zoom (sign up here to receive the meeting link)

What to Expect:

  • Discover the West Oakland Link project’s goals, benefits, and its role in strengthening our community’s mobility and sustainability.
  • Engage in discussions with project leaders, community advocates, and fellow residents.
  • Share your insights, ideas, and concerns that will shape the pathway’s design, amenities, and overall impact.
  • Your voice matters, and your presence is crucial in charting the course for a more vibrant, inclusive, and climate-friendly West Oakland.

About this Project:

The West Oakland Link is a proposed 1.1-mile-long elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway that will close a critical active transportation gap by safely linking West Oakland to its shoreline, the Bay Trail, and San Francisco via the Bay Bridge East Span pathway. MTC and BATA will share how the WO Link project intends to connect underserved communities with jobs, recreation, and park amenities.

Project Goals

  • Access: Provides a safe, direct connection to the shoreline and future Bay Skyway, which is currently blocked by the Port of Oakland, freeways, and railroads. Benefiting a community where 26 percent of households do not have access to a vehicle.
  • Safety: Increases public safety by creating a new path that separates bicyclists and pedestrians from truck and rail traffic.
  • Congestion: As a key part of the proposed Bay Skyway Phase 1 bicycle route along the Bay Bridge corridor which is projected to reduce the number of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) by 192 million miles annually, which also will reduce the amount of air pollution from cars.
  • Environmental: Shifting transbay trips from motor vehicles to active modes will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area’s most congested corridor

Project Support & Funding:

The projected $100 million West Oakland Link project is supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Toll Authority, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the City of Oakland, and the California Department of Transportation. The project is planned to be implemented in phases, based on the availability of funds.

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