City of San Pablo General Plan Update

KAI helped prepare the City of San Pablo General Plan Update by providing the transportation expertise in support of the Circulation Element, and the transportation analysis for the environmental documentation. As part of this work, KAI provided the transportation background information as part of the Map Atlas that presents and summarizes the existing transportation conditions in a graphical format. KAI also ran the CCTA travel demand model to forecast traffic and travel patterns with and without the proposed General Plan land use development. KAI reviewed the Circulation Element policies and prepared the analysis and documentation for the EIR.

The City of San Pablo was interested in incorporating a multimodal, complete streets approach as part of the Circulation Element of their General Plan Update. When updating the policy document, MMLOS was considered for street segments, specifically arterial streets and major collectors, to assess the level of service (LOS) for transit, bicycle, and walk modes, while the current auto LOS method (a modified Circular 212 methodology required by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority) was maintained for consistency with the Growth Management Program and sub-regional plans.

In developing the MMLOS standards, the challenge was to establish MMLOS standards for the non-auto modes that balance needs system-wide to account for situations where a corridor meets the MMLOS standard for some modes, but not all modes. One suggested approach was to establish mode priorities by street type based on the proposed street classifications. For example, arterials serving mixed use, higher density development would prioritize pedestrian LOS over auto LOS. With San Pablo Avenue serving as a key development corridor, but also the main through route for both automobiles and bicyclists, there needs to be a balance, and the MMLOS procedures can be employed to measure the trade-offs among these competing modes.

As part of the preliminary drafts, the following MMLOS standards were recommended:

  • On the key transit corridors, such as San Pablo Avenue and 23 Street, a higher level of satisfied riders, at Transit LOS “B” standard was recommended. This would mean a combination of frequent service (4 to 5 buses per hour), bus stop amenities such as benches and shelters at more than half of the bus stops, as well as good on-time performance and travel speed.
  • For high bicycle commute corridors, a Bicycle LOS “C” standard was recommended. The Bicycle LOS would depend upon the presence of striped bike lanes or wide outside travel lanes and the pavement condition. On corridors with bike lanes or wide outside travel lanes, maintaining the good to excellent pavement conditions would be required.