TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE

Energy and Climate Action Plan Measures Addressed: PA-31

Because so much of residents’ greenhouse gas (GHG) production is a result of the amount of driving, the Transportation and Land Use Committee is working on several plans and policies that will help reduce GHG’s through transportation and land use planning opportunities. These include efforts to:

  • Reduce the amount of truck traffic and idling in and around Oakland’s residential neighborhoods.
  • Advocate support for Bus Rapid Transit along Oakland’s major transit corridors, resulting in efficiencies that reduce operations costs, resulting in improving transit while reducing the need for additional service cuts and fare hikes.
  • Ensure that high-density transit-oriented development (TOD) happens at transit hubs (BART Stations and transit centers) and along transit corridors (International Blvd., San Pablo Ave., Macarthur), allowing people to live with less reliance on a private automobile.
  • Ensure any new development and parking policies reflect the city’s transit first policies and provide infrastructure and policies for alternative means of transportation.
  • Work with transit agencies and jurisdictions to restore lost service and to make transit more accessible through restoration of lost service, youth passes, and avoiding fare hikes.
  • Work with the City of Oakland and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that removes barriers to bicyclists and pedestrians from walking or bicycling more as an alternative to driving a car.
  • Ensure that TOD plans and projects create new affordable housing opportunities and include policies that protect existing residents from indirect or direct displacement.
  • Create policies that allow Oakland’s current residents to stay in their current homes by creating stronger rent controls and protections from unjustified evictions and foreclosure proceedings.