Harrison Street/Oakland Avenue Community Transportation Plan

KAI (formerly Dowling Associates) was the transportation member of a team to develop alternatives for the Harrison Street/Oakland Avenue Community Transportation Plan. The goal was to improve neighborhood livability, consider all travel modes, maintain connectivity throughout the city, and respond to Oakland’s designation as a transit-first city. The challenge was finding a solution to address all modes of travel in the area and maintain livability and connectivity. The study corridor provides direct access between Interstate 580 and downtown Oakland through a predominantly residential neighborhood. There are fast-moving, high-volume one-way streets combined with busy attractors of pedestrian traffic including a middle school and a Whole Foods market. A copy of the plan can be found HERE.

Field surveys were used to collect information for auto, pedestrian, bicycle and transit modes of travel. KAI applied the Multimodal Level of Service (MMLOS) for Urban Streets analysis procedures in order to interactively compare levels of service for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit passengers, and motorists. The MMLOS results were used to inform the community and policy makers of the efficiency and perceived quality of service for all travel modes.

In addition to level of service analysis, KAI provided the design team with input regarding safety, traffic controls, and traffic engineering design. Recommendations were made for improvements to the pedestrian, bicycle, and transit systems for each of the project alternatives. KAI staff participated in public outreach by making presentations at Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Community Steering Committee (CSC) meetings, and public workshops. The study also complied with the California Complete Streets Act of 2008, which requires that cities and counties include complete street policies as part of their General Plans so that roadway are designated to safely accommodate all users.