Alameda Access Study
Alameda Terminal Access Study
Beginning in spring 2013, both Alameda Main Street and Harbor Bay ferry terminals experienced a surge in ridership resulting in near- or over-capacity trips, full parking lots, and limited space for bicycles. At that time, WETA was preparing to begin a terminal access study that would identify and analyze ways to improve to the Alameda ferry services from increased auto parking to improved bicycle storage to new shuttle or bus service. The BART strikes and the Bay Bridge closure through the summer and fall of 2013 placed those efforts on hold, but also provided invaluable experience in understanding how riders get to the terminals and their personal preferences. Now WETA is returning to the original concept of a preparing a terminal access study with the goal of adopting a final plan for improvements by the fall of 2014.
The study will take approximately 6 months to complete and will provide a range of alternative solutions for improving access to the terminals. The study process will feature public workshops to allow riders and terminal neighbors alike to provide their own ideas and solicit input and reaction to alternative solutions and analysis. The studies will be a partnership between WETA and City of Alameda because potential solutions will likely involve not just WETA facilities but also surrounding City streets. AC Transit will also be participating in the studies and providing feedback.
In March, WETA hosted public workshops near each Alameda terminal to solicit input and ideas from Alameda residents and riders on how to improve terminal access. Both workshops were well-attended by the public and participants provide valuable input and feedback to WETA. Additionally, nearly 100 comments were provided by email.
In June, WETA hosted a second series of public workshops near each terminal. At these workshops, WETA will present investment options under consideration for improving access at each terminal based on input received from the March workshops and email comments. Participants will be asked to review and rank specific improvements based on preliminary projections of cost, effectiveness, feasibility, and community support.
For the Main Street Ferry Terminal, specific improvements under consideration include:
- Convert Dog Park to Ferry Parking, Relocate Dog Park to another City-owned site
- Open Officer's Club Parking Lot to Ferry Commuter Parking
- Close Bike Lane Gap between Ferry Terminal and Singleton Avenue on Main Street
- Add Bicycle Racks and E-lockers
- Add Pedestrian Crossing to Main Street west of the Terminal entrance
- Reroute Existing AC Transit Local 31 bus to serve Main Street terminal
- Reroute AC Transit Transbay buses to serve Main Street terminal
- Implement New Shuttle Service linking nearby residential areas and Ferry Terminal
For the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, specific improvements under consideration include:
- Convert Undeveloped Lot Adjacent to Ferry Terminal to Ferry Parking
- Eliminate or Modify Parking Restrictions on the North Side of Adelphian Way
- Eliminate or Modify Parking Restrictions on the Sorth Side of Adelphian Way
- Add Bicycle Racks and E-lockers
- Reroute Existing AC Transit Local 21 bus to better serve residential areas near Ferry Terminal
- Reroute Transbay buses to serve Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal
- Expand Existing Shuttle Service to better link nearby residential areas and/or satellite parking lots with Ferry Terminal
Since several of the proposed improvements at the both the Harbor Bay and Main St. Ferry Terminals could require new funding to implement, WETA will present options for parking fee programs at each terminal for participants to consider and discuss at the upcoming workshops.
If you were unable to attend a workshop or would prefer to submit any ideas or thoughts about the study via email, please direct your input to email@example.com by July 30, 2014.