The Emeryville Newsletter (E-News)
For more information on the ECCL project, please go here.
A new Route 580 provides service from the East Bay communities of Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany to San Rafael during commute hours. The route will operate every 30 minutes, with five westbound trips in the morning and five eastbound trips in the afternoon.
In the East Bay, Route 580 will operate along Hollis Street, Ashby Avenue, San Pablo Avenue, and Buchanan Street through Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany. In Marin County, routing will be similar to Route 40, but it will be extended to serve a portion of Andersen Drive previously served by Route 42.
The route will begin as a nine-month demonstration project and will be made permanent if it meets established performance targets.
Note: Bikes will be permitted in bikes racks only; unlike our other Richmond-San Rafael Bridge service, NO bikes will be permitted inside Route 580 buses.
Routing, Stops & Schedules
Route 580 Commercial
For Route 580 schedules, click here.
For trip planning assistance, call 511 (say "Golden Gate Transit," then "operator" to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711. The Golden Gate Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 7am to 6pm.
In an effort to promote citizen engagement, City Manager Carolyn Lehr will be holding a series of open office hours called, ‘Coffee with the City Manager’. This is aimed at enabling conversations with residents and business to discuss topic of their choice. In addition to topics brought by the public, Carolyn will also provide updates on pending issues being discussed by City Council and a variety of other topics.
All “Coffee with the City Manager”, events are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
The events will be held at the City Hall, 1333 Park Avenue from 9:00 – 10:00am.
February 1 and 11
Members of the community are invited to provide ideas and feedback on two upcoming enhancements to bike infrastructure in Emeryville.
Horton Street Traffic Calming
The Emeryville community invited to a Special Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting to discuss options for traffic calming treatments on Horton Street between 45th and 53rd Streets. Alta Planning + Design will present three alternatives for strategies to slow and reduce traffic on that bicycle boulevard.
Monday, February 1, 5:30 pm, City Council Chambers, 1133 Park Avenue.
Regional Bike Share Station Siting
Motivate, Inc., the company that will provide bike share service in Emeryville, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose beginning this year, is looking for input on where Emeryville’s ten initial stations should be located. Please come to a public meeting to help Emeryville’s system work for you and for the whole community.
Thursday, February 11, 5:00 pm, City Council Chambers, 1133 Park Avenue.
Tuesday December 1st, Emeryville’s City Council unanimously approved City participation in a regional bike share system, rolling out in late 2016. Bike share is a program that allows both annual and casual members to use publically accessible bikes for trips of up to 30 minutes at no additional cost and members can take limitless trips per year. Members in Emeryville, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose can get and return bikes at any station in the system. Bike share is ideal for the last and first mile(s) for commuters needing a way to get to or from work or transit, for people doing errands or other short trips, and for those who want to add active transportation to their lives.
Emeryville will have 100 bikes at 10 stations initially, to connect with 400 bikes in Berkeley and 850 in Oakland. Public outreach and community meetings will begin in winter/spring 2016 to help identify the best locations for bike share stations in Emeryville. More information on bike share and an email list for updates are available at www.bayareabikeshare.com, including an interactive map for suggested station locations. Annual, membership prices currently at $88 will rise to $149/per year with the expected 10 fold expansion throughout the region with 7,000 bikes.
Fully privately funded, the Bay Area Bike Share will be the largest regional bike share system in the United States, and it will all be done with sponsorships and user fees, no public funding . The system will be owned and operated by Motivate, the operator of many other American bike share programs, including those in New York, Washington, Boston, and Chicago. Emeryville is thrilled to offer the community another environmentally friendly, healthful, fun way to get around town, and around the Bay Area while alleviating congestion on the Emery Go Round and our roadways and costing our tax payers nothing.
The Accessibility Advisory Committee was established by the Board of Directors in 1991 to review, comment and advise the Board of Directors and District staff regarding the implementation and enhancement of planning programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities. The AAC consists of 14 members with two members being appointed by each of the seven elected members of the District’s Board of Directors. Committee members serve a one year term.
Any individual that utilizes AC Transit’s fixed-route service, is a senior or an individual with a disability and/or represents such groups, and is willing to devote the necessary hours to attend meetings of the Committee shall be eligible for appointment. The Board of Directors encourages that membership on the Committee be ethnically diverse and cover all geographical areas of the District’s service area as well as representation by/for seniors and individuals with varying types of disabilities.
Applications are being accepted between now and February 1, 2016, to fill vacancies that may occur on the District’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) in 2016. All openings on the committee during calendar year 2016 will be filled from qualified applications received during this recruitment. Please consult the Recruitment Notice and Application for details and instructions. Hard copies can also be found at the front reception desk at Emeryville City Hall (1333 Park Avenue).
Click here for the PDF schedule.
The Emeryville Police Department and the Alameda County Fire Department (the ACFD provides fire services to Emeryville) are also encouraging residents to sign up for NIXLE, a nation-wide public safety alert system. Simply text any zip code to 888777 and receive real-time alerts and advisories from the City and other public agencies. This is a great way of keeping up with public safety alerts throughout the Bay Area and even travelling nation-wide just by entering the local zip code. There is no charge for registering but standard text messaging rates associated with your mobile phone service will apply. You can opt out anytime by texting “STOP” to 888777.
If you're texting a zip code to 888777 and using NIXLE for the first time, you can retrieve a temporary password to complete the registration process here. Completing the registration process will allow you to fully customize how messages reach you - whether by mobile phone, email, or over the web at www.nixle.com - you decide!
City Council/City Council as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency
The next regular City Council/City as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2. Meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on ETV: Channel 27 and can be viewed live and are archived on the City’s website. Finalized Council/Agency agendas and agenda reports are viewable/ can be downloaded through the City's website starting the Friday before the meeting.
Emeryville Oversight Board
The next Emeryville Oversight Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26. Meetings are broadcast live and rebroadcast on ETV: Channel 27 and can be viewed live and are archived on the City’s website. The Emeryville Oversight Board is charged with determining which remaining financial obligations of the former Emeryville Redevelopment Agency are enforceable obligations under AB26x, the State law that eliminated all redevelopment agencies and requires that funds not needed to fulfill enforceable obligations are remitted to State and other regional/local regional taxing agencies. More information regarding the Emeryville Oversight Board can be found on the City’s website.
For the latest City events and activities, click to see the calendar.