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February 6, 2018 > Alameda County Transit updates

Alameda County Transit updates

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

2018 Golden Sneaker Contest
The annual Safe Routes to School Golden Sneaker Contest is coming up February 26 through March 9. The Golden Sneaker Contest is a two-week classroom competition that encourages students, parents, teachers and administrators to take the healthy route to school by choosing active or shared transportation options including walking, biking, rolling, skating, scooting, carpooling or taking transit. Even if you have to drive your child to school, you can park several blocks away and enjoy a brief walk during the contest.

Resolve to carpool instead in 2018
Save money and save time in 2018 by carpooling! For a limited time, 511 Carpool will pay for your first trip or give you a bonus for the first trip you drive using the carpool app Scoop.

Ready to start saving?
¥ Download the Scoop app at the Google Play or Apple Store.
¥ Set up your account. Your chances of matching increase if you select ride or drive.
¥ In your account, click ÔPricing & Payments, ÔActivityÕ and select Ôadd referral code.Õ
¥ Enter Carpool511.
¥ Schedule a trip! Tip: Your chances of matching increase if you select ride or drive.
Learn more at

Improving your commute with new state funding
Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) is working hard to improve your commute. With grant funds from Senate Bill 1, we will be able to fast track the following projects so that you can move around the county and the region faster, no matter what transportation method you choose.

SR-84 Widening and SR-84/I-680 Interchange Improvements will reduce congestion, increase safety and improve the commute for travelers from South County to the Tri-Valley. Senate Bill 1 funding would help Caltrans and Alameda CTC turn SR-84 into a true expressway while also improving interchange ramps with I-680 and extending the southbound I-680 express lanes northward by about two miles.

Transforming major roads in Alameda County will improve the flow of traffic for drivers, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians along San Pablo Avenue in North County and the East 14th Street and Mission corridor in Central and South County. Alameda CTC has begun work to identify projects that will facilitate improvements for faster transit, local goods movement deliveries, and safe walking and biking facilities.

Express lanes on the fast track
Alameda CTC will help ease your commute thanks to the construction of the I-680 Northbound Express Lane. The project will widen the existing freeway, construct a roughly nine-mile express lane on northbound I-680 from Auto Mall Parkway to SR-84, and upgrade the adjacent southbound I-680 express lane for easier access. In addition to reducing traffic, these improvements will also provide more reliable travel times and encourage ride sharing and the use of public transit, on one of the top 10 most congested freeway corridors in the Bay Area.

I-580 express lanes a huge hit in the Tri-Valley
The I-580 express lanes are now the most heavily used in the Bay Area with over 14.5 million trips since the lanes opened in February 2016. More than 5.1 million trips used the lanes as carpools or clean air vehicles for free and over 9.4 million chose to pay the toll to take advantage of the express lanes. Tolls collected will be used by Alameda CTC to operate and maintain the express lanes and make repairs.

Addressing traffic relief along I-580 in Oakland
Help is on its way for another section of I-580: the commute from the Bay Bridge toll plaza to SR-238, which is one of the top 25 most congested corridors in the region. In late October, Alameda CTC approved $200,000 in funding to conduct a Design Alternative Assessment in partnership with MTC. The assessment will evaluate the feasibility of adding a bus lane, carpool lane or express lane on all or a portion of this part of 580 to help improve overall flow to and from the Bay Bridge during commute hours. Stay tuned for assessment results and a proposed plan in fall 2018!

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