Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) staff is in the early stages of planning for a second tube across San Francisco Bay. One of the routes BART is considering would run under Alameda and bring with it at least one station. The new tube could also bring Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train service running in tandem with BART across the Bay.


The city and AC Transit’s Inter-agency Liaison Committee will meet next week to discuss public-transportation-related developments. Among the items on the agenda are updates on bus lines 19, 31 and 96. Line 19 serves the Northern Waterfront, while lines 31 and 96 carry passengers from Alameda Point to the MacArthur and Fruitvale BART stations respectively. 


Members of the Planning Board are scheduled to discuss the city’s Transit and Transportation Demand Management Plan at their next meeting.  

If approved the plan would focus on implementing four strategies. The first two would address improving travel to and from Oakland and San Francisco, including the commute by BART and ferry. The third strategy would affect getting around Alameda, while the fourth would focus on properly managing and monitoring these collective efforts. 


Keep in mind, during this weekend’s Island Jam festival Webster Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Pacific and Central avenues. Bus scheduling and routes will also be affected. 

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 18, and continuing through 9 p.m. Sunday, June 19, lines 20, 31, 51A, 851 and O will be detoured on Webster Street and Santa Clara Avenue for the Island Jam.