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August 8, 2017 > Alameda County Transit progress, commuter solutions

Alameda County Transit progress, commuter solutions

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

RideMatch
New options to facilitate carpooling are now available in the Bay Area, all aimed at making carpooling more convenient. Carpool apps make it easy to schedule one-way carpool trips and allow you to be either a driver or a passenger. Try the 511 RideMatch Service to find and email neighbors with similar commutes, or one of the carpool apps available at rideshare.511.org.


Project and Program Delivery in Full Swing
Measure B and Measure BB supported projects and programs are in progress throughout the county. New express lanes over the Sunol Grade on I-680 begin construction in late 2017, interchange improvements at I-80/Gilman are in the environmental phase, and safety and operational improvements on I-880 at the 23rd and 29th Avenue crossings and East Bay BRT are in full construction.


East Bay Bus Rapid Transit rendering
The Route 84 Expressway Widening and Route 84/I-680 Interchange Improvements project will widen the 3-mile segment from south of Ruby Hill Drive to the I-680 interchange from two lanes to four lanes and will provide operational improvements, such as ramp modifications, at the interchange. Public circulation of the draft environmental document is anticipated to occur this fall.


Share Your Ride Week
Alameda CTC is participating in CaliforniaÕs Share Your Ride Week, October 2 through 6, to promote carpooling, vanpooling and taking transit. If you are an individual, employer or organization interested in participating in Share Your Ride Week activities, please let us know. We encourage you to take transit or to fill up your seatsÑthe empty seats in cars are our biggest untapped transportation resourceÑand carpool apps can help. Check out Rideshare.511.org/ to download and start using an app or the rideshare match program. Use promo code ALAMEDA05 for $5 off your first ride using any of the apps. Make commute time your time.


City of Hayward upgrades its roads and pedestrian facilities
As in past years, the City of Hayward relies heavily on Measures B and Measure BB and Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) funding to improve roadways and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Utilizing this funding, the gas tax and one-time funding from local tax Measure C in fiscal year 2016, the city completed the largest street pavement improvement program in its history. Approximately 69 miles of city streets were slurry sealed and an additional 37 lane miles were rehabilitated or reconstructed. Additionally, Measure B/BB bicycle and pedestrian funds paid for construction of new sidewalk along portions of Hayward Boulevard and Donald Avenue.

In 2017-2018, Measure B/BB/VRF will fund reconstruction, rehabilitation or slurry seal of approximately 30 lane miles of city streets and will contribute to the final design and construction of the Mission Boulevard (Hwy 238) improvement project. This funding will also support maintaining and upgrading the cityÕs network of pedestrian traffic signals and completing updates to the pedestrian and bicycle master plans.


East Bay Paratransit implements new programs to assist riders
In 2016-2017 East Bay Paratransit implemented a few new programs to assist users. Riders can now use credit or debit cards to purchase books of East Bay Paratransit fare tickets through the website at East Bay Paratransit Tickets. Click on the ÒFaresÓ link at the top of the home page at www.eastbayparatransit.org and go to the online order form, which will guide you through a series of screens to complete an order. Ticket books will then be mailed to the purchaser.


Another new East Bay Paratransit program gives riders a phone call to let them know their vehicle is nearÑusually about 10 minutes from the pick-up point. Riders also receive a phone call the night before a scheduled trip to remind them about the next dayÕs trip. Riders can opt out of reminder calls if they choose, for any reason, by simply calling East Bay Paratransit at (510) 287-5000.

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