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West Oakland Link

The West Oakland Link is a proposed 1.1-mile-long elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway that will connect Mandela Parkway in West Oakland with the existing Bay Bridge path, Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline (formerly Gateway Park), Treasure Island and, eventually, downtown San Francisco. The project will also connect the City of Oakland’s growing network of walking and biking routes with the greater San Francisco Bay Trail.

This is an important project for equity and car-free transportation as well as strengthening local active space, connecting bicyclists and those looking to walk/jog to John Sutter Regional Park the Bay Trail, YBI and to San Francisco someday in the future. By lining open space and trail networks both are improved.

Community Benefits:

  1. Vastly improved safety for West Oakland path-users, who will be completely separated from vehicular traffic and rail crossings.
  2. More direct connection between Oakland bikeway network and the Bay Trail, Bay Bridge pathway, Treasure Island and Regional Shoreline park (formerly Gateway Park).
  3. New opportunities for active recreation and improved health outcomes.
  4. Will eventually provide a low cost, socially distant commute to job opportunities in downtown San Francisco.
  5. Elevated trail will provide views of the Bay.

The West Oakland Link was originally an element of the Gateway Park project at the Oakland end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. That project was divided into two portions in 2015, and the trail portion of the project that will link the West Oakland community to the park and the San Francisco Bay Trail is now called the West Oakland Link.

The Link will enhance public safety by enabling residents of West Oakland and the greater East Bay to bike and walk on a lighted structure separate from truck and rail traffic. The projected $65 million project is supported by the Bay Area Toll Authority, Alameda County Transportation Commission, City of Oakland and Caltrans, and will likely be implemented in phases depending on the availability of State and other funds.

Where is the West Oakland Link?

The project is currently in the environmental review phase. Additional detail is in this Project Fact Sheet.

Date & Image Source: Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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