Local Officials Celebrate East Bay Greenway Project Groundbreaking
A sunny, windy day was the backdrop at the Coliseum BART station on October 4 when Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and East Bay Regional Park District Board President John Sutter addressed supporters and other officials to kick off the next project in the Park District’s Green Transportation Initiative.
“Today we are celebrating the newest segment of the East Bay Greenway Project, part of our East Bay Regional Park District Green Transportation Initiative,” said Sutter. “This project helps to reduce the carbon footprint and creates job.
“This is something new and historical. We have gotten a significant amount of federal transportation money, $10.2 million, not just to build highways and freeways, but to build trails for bicycles and pedestrians.
“Good things happen in East Oakland, and we are celebrating a good thing today. It’s also a great day for bicycle transportation, something a lot of people here have been working on here for many years,” he added.
“These things just don’t happen. It is the result of the concerted effort of many different groups from the entire Bay Area. Eventually, this will be a great transportation network for people going to work, school shopping, etc. and for recreation.”
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said, “Since I’ve become mayor, we have more than doubled the number of bike paths in Oakland. This project will bring us to 240 miles of bike trails in Oakland.”
“We are working heavily on funding for a bike elevation to the beautiful new bike and walking path on the Bay Bridge, we will have a nice Oakland entry over the railroad tracks that will be safe and out of traffic. And we are also working on a bike share program and getting bike parking at every Bart station,” said Quan.
“This is really part of Oakland being one of the greenest American cities consistently for the past ten years,” said Quan.
This half-mile link, from the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station to 85th Avenue in Oakland, is the initial phase of an envisioned 12-mile bicycle and pedestrian pathway that connects five BART stations, and runs roughly parallel to the BART tracks from Oakland to Hayward.
Funders for this segment are: U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER II Grant, East Bay Regional Park District’s Measure WW, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B.
The $10.2 million federal TIGER II grant awarded to the East Bay Regional Park District in October 2010 was the largest grant ever received by the Park District, and one of the largest TIGER II grant recipients in California, according to Sutter.
The grant is to close critical gaps in its nearly 200-mile paved regional trail system, which safely connects communities, schools, and businesses to transit stations. The Park District’s Green Transportation Initiative will create more than 500 jobs.
Celebrating the newest segment of the East Bay Greenway Project on Friday, October 4 at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station are (from left): Jonathan Gast of Rep. Barbara Lee’s office; Robert Raburn, San Francisco BART District, District 4 Director; Oakland Mayor Jean Quan; Alameda CTC Chair Supervisor Scott Haggerty; East Bay Regional Park District Board President John Sutter; and Jason Overman , Office of Oakland City Council President Pro Tem Rebecca D. Kaplan.