APC Critical Commute Links to Transit and Bikeways
The project improves the linkages to area amenities from three key transportation modes: rail, bus and bike, linking the following resources:
- Capital Corridor - This commuter line runs 24 daily trains from San Jose to Auburn, north of Sacramento now and planned expansion to 32 daily trains assuming available funding. The capital corridor has had at least 5.6% annual growth in ridership for the last two years, with 177% cumulative growth over the last 7 years. Train cars on the line carry 3 to 13 bikes each, with newly acquired cars increasing those with capacity for 13 bikes.
- AC Transit Lines – Two bus routes, the 51 and 9, serve the Rail Stop. Each bus offers two bicycle racks and provides direct service from West Berkeley to Downtown and the University. Further, AC Transit has begun discussing Bus Rapid Transit Service on University Avenue .
- Bay Trail/Bike Commute Options – According to the 2000 Census, 5.6% of Berkeley residents (3,071 of 54,674) commute to work by bike, up from 4.9% in 1990 (2,651 of 54,590) – this data pre-dates the bicycle bridge. The Bike and Pedestrian Overpass provides the only access for Berkeley residents to the Bay Trail, other than the highly congested roadway access at Gilman. The Overpass then connects to a newly improved segment of the Bay Trail, linking Berkeley to Emeryville and Richmond and creating a viable commute alternative to the most congested highway segment in the Bay Area. In 2005, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrans District 4, found southbound traffic on I-80 to have the highest rate of vehicle delay for the fifth year in a row, resulting in over 10,000 hours in delay, daily.