Transit Thursday – two important meetings on transit & bike/ped issues

16 Feb

If you’re interested in transit, bicycle, or pedestrian issues, there are two important meetings you should attend tomorrow (Thursday) night – the AC Transit special hearing on fares and the monthly Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).

BPAC Meeting

The BPAC meeting is always interesting, but this week’s agenda is packed with important issues for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders. First, we’ll be discussing the transit-oriented development plan for International Boulevard. I haven’t had the chance to make it to any of the planning meetings about this, but I heard that the process has been very productive. TransForm has been closely engaged with the planning process and will be giving the presentation on the plan.

Midori Tabata, a longtime BPAC member, will be giving a presentation on the Alameda County Transportation Plan, which recently got underway. We’ll also be discussing the 2011 work plan for the bicycle and pedestrian facilities program and will hear about the bike striping plan for 32nd Street/Hollis Street. At the end of the meeting, nominations will be opened for chair and vice-chair of BPAC.

The BPAC is extremely inclusive – any Oakland resident who attends three consecutive meetings becomes a voting member of the committee – so if you’re interested in bike and ped issues, you should consider attending. The BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

AC Transit Hearing on Fares

If you’re an AC Transit bus rider, I’m sure you’ve heard about tomorrow’s hearing on fares, since they’ve done an incredible job on outreach. I’ve seen posters and flyers on the bus, alerts on NextBus signs at bus shelters and on the NextBus online tool, and I’ve received several emails about the meeting. But maybe you forgot so here’s the info, via an email from AC Transit:

AC Transit is developing a comprehensive fare policy and looking for public input on elements ranging from goals and principles, to pass pricing and transfer rules, to the timing and level of fare increases. The overall aim is to have fares that are more logical and equitable, and fare changes that are more rational and predictable.

We encourage you to learn more about the issues at, (“Have Something to Say About Fares” article) and then give us your input via online form, e-mail, voicemail, fax, or letter. We’re also holding a public meeting to talk about fare policy and engage riders and other members of the community in discussions with staff. The meeting will be:

Thursday, February 17
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
AC Transit General Offices
1600 Franklin Street, Oakland

Input may be submitted through February 28 on this phase of the policy development.

Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts. And thanks for riding AC Transit!

Thursday will be a packed night for transit and bike/ped enthusiasts, but don’t forget to come out tonight for the Oakland Planning Commission hearing on surface parking lots! If you’re coming, please RSVP on Facebook. And if you can’t make it, please send an email – it’s not too late.


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