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Submitted by on 1, January 12, 2009 – 10:00 amNo Comment

In all the hubbub surrounding the release of SunCal’s draft master plan for Alameda Point, various holidays, and last week’s Big ARRA Meeting, I neglected to tell you that an updated transportation strategy to manage the traffic the proposed development would create – a key concern – is available online.

The 61-page document from consultants Fehr & Peers outlines a strategy for getting people out of their cars that, on the broad brush, is pretty similar to the plan they submitted three years ago (the November 2005 plan, which is twice as long, is available online too). Like the previous plan, this one calls for residents and employers to purchase a mandatory transit pass which would fund the operation of shuttle and bus service that, at least at first, would be completely separate from AC Transit; enhanced ferry service; and more.

The plan also calls for reworking roadways to include dedicated bus lanes to speed travel, bike and car share services and parking charges that are separated from rent and housing costs, in order to encourage fewer single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips. It also talks about adding light rail service and the podlike personal rapid transit (this was in the 2005 plan as well).

The development’s urban design could play a role in reducing vehicle trips as well, according to the transportation plan, by concentrating housing around transportation and places like the grocery store and building a school on-site.

Funding sources listed in the plan are the redevelopment itself, the transit pass that everyone’s required to buy and parking revenues, which the report’s authors figure could be used to expand the service that would be available from the get-go.

Federal and state funds could also be pursued, according to the report, as could partnerships with other developments (including Alameda Landing and Oak to Ninth in Oakland) that come with required transit improvements like shuttles to BART attached.

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