Support a Feasibility Study for a Bay Bridge Shared-Use Pathway
Right now, there is an unprecedented opportunity to reevaluate how we travel across the Bay in the face of our region’s compounding congestion, environmental and equity crises.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended how we move around the region, painting a foreboding picture of post-pandemic commutes that are riddled with gridlock. At the same time, the State of California is on track to fall far short of its 2030 climate goals in large part due to vehicle emissions, which comprise over 40% of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. And on top of that, transbay transportation is increasingly expensive, with high bridge tolls and even higher transit fares, which impose an unfair burden on marginalized people.
The best way to improve mobility, advance equity, and hit our climate goals is simple: make it easier for people to get around the Bay Area without cars. As our region confronts these three crises, it is more important than ever to establish a car-free transbay transportation connection that complements ongoing infrastructure improvement efforts while acknowledging the limited capacity of mass transit in a post-COVID era.
A quick-build shared-use path on the Bay Bridge will provide an environmentally friendly, affordable, and traffic-free transportation option for people traveling between Alameda and San Francisco counties.
Sign on your organization, agency or business to the letter below in support of researching the feasibility of creating a shared-use pathway on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Bay Area Toll Authority
We the undersigned hereby request that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) take immediate action to fund and develop a study evaluating the feasibility of a quick-build shared-use path on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and the East Bay that should address the following considerations:
- Path design and right-of-way options
- Estimated costs and funding opportunities
- Equity analysis investigating impacts to communities of concern and strategies to ensure these communities benefit from this facility
- Anticipated environmental clearance and permits
- Design and construction schedule
- Security risks, enforcement, and terrorism threats
- Suicide prevention
- Usership projections
- Facility user types (bike, e-bike, scooter, pedestrians, wheelchairs, etc.)
- ADA compliance
- Vehicle and transit speed and reliability impacts
- Parking impacts
This study will be used to assess whether the proposed project is a cost-effective solution to improving the region's traffic crisis, providing equitable access to both sides of the bay, and helping to meet the state and region's broader sustainability and equity goals.
We thank you for your support.