Council Decides about Transportation Choices

A recent informal poll at High Street and Santa Clara Avenue revealed something that the city hopes to change by 2023. Of 10 vehicles that drove by the intersection at 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, seven of them — 70 percent — had only the drivers aboard. 

At its Nov. 7 meeting city staff presented a plan that tackles transportation issues like this. One of the “Transportation Choices Plan’s” goals is reducing thousands of “drive-alone” trips like the ones observed on Tuesday. The plan addresses vehicles with just the driver aboard not just within the city, but those that enter and leave the city. 

The city has set the number of drive-alone trips in 2010 as the level it would like to reach and is comparing that to an expected baseline in 2030. 

City staff states that by implementing the plan’s proposed projects and programs, they expect to decrease the 2030 baseline number of cross-estuary trips during the morning rush hour by 17 percent from 14,400 drive-alone trips to 11,900, a level comparable to 2010 levels.
Staff also hopes to increase the share of walking, bicycling, bus and carpool trips within Alameda by almost 14 percent from the expected 2030 baseline from 24,200 non-drive alone trips to 27,500 throughout a typical weekday.

“The Transportation Choices Plan provides an implementation-focused blueprint for how the city can improve transportation infrastructure and services in Alameda over the next 15 years,” the city stated. Read the plan in its entirety at

According to the city, the next steps involve implementing the plan, which already is partially funded with $61 million through grants and money in the city’s two-year budget and the Capital Improvement Program. These funded projects include the Cross Alameda Trail, dedicated bus lanes on Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Central Avenue safety improvements and traffic calming on Otis Drive. 

The Nov. 7 Council meeting also included the first reading of the cannabis ordinance. The ordinance’s second, and final, reading took place at the Nov. 21 meeting after the Alameda Sun went to press. The Sun will cover this ordinance in detail in its Nov. 30 edition.