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LAKE MERRITT BART STATION
Final Summary Report

FUNDING PROVIDED BY CALTRANS

March 2006 Prepared by

LAKE MERRITT BART STATION
FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

Prepared for:

California State Dept. of Transportation Community-Based Planning March 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION …………………………………………………… ………………………………………… 1 3 5 6 6 3 ……………………………………………………………

PROJECTOVERVIEW AND GOALS ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT

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EXISTING CONDITIONS ………………………………………………………
STUDY AREA CONTEXT LAND USE

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Existing Uses ……………………………………………………………… Open Space …………………………………………………………… Built Form

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TRANSPORTATION…………………………………………………………… Regional Context ……………………………………………………… Local Transportation …………………………………………………… DEMOGRAPHICS …………………………………………………………………………… ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS AND MARKET ANALYSIS ………………………… DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND OPPORTUNITIES ………………………………………… Existing Plans and Projects Nearby ……………………………………… Opportunity Sites…………………………………………………………

FOCUS GROUP KEY FINDINGS ……………………………………………… BETTER STREETS CONCEPTSTUDY …………………………………………
INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………………………… RELATED TRANSPORTATION PLANS……………………………………………………… EXISTING TRAFFIC FEATURES……………………………………………………………… STUDY ISSUES ………………………………………………………………………………… CONCLUSIONS…………………………………………………………………………………

CONCLUSIONS…………………………………………………………………… APPENDICES………………………………………………………………………

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This report is a compilation of workconducted by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and its consultant team through a grant funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) through its Community-based Transportation Planning grant program. This report lays the groundwork for future planning efforts at the Lake Merritt BART station. This report documents the work performed by the consultant team, Moore IacofanoGoltsman, Inc. (MIG) and its subcontractors, Bay Area Economics, Corey, Canapary and Golanis, and Wilbur Smith Associates. In addition, BART contracted with two community-based organizations, the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) and Asian Health Services (AHS), to advise the project and to conduct focus groups among residents, business owners and users of the BART Plaza. In addition to theconsultant team, BART relied on the knowledge and understanding of key stakeholders to help inform the process. For this effort, a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) was created to provide overall project guidance. The PAC was comprised of: Carole Ward Allen, BART Board of Directors Pat Kernighan, Oakland City Council Bill Withrow, Peralta Community College Board of Directors Many agency staff andlocal leaders also assisted this effort by contributing their time and expertise as members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). These partners are listed below: City of Oakland Henry Chang, City Council Claudia Cappio Jocelyn Combs Natalie Fay Michael Hammock Gregory Hunter Theresa Navarro-Lopez Jason Patton Kerry Jo Ricketts-Ferris Jason Ryugo

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City of Oakland (cont.) Chris Tom WillieYee Alameda County Ruben Briones Tim Timberlake AC Transit Nathan Landau Laney College Shirley Coaston Odell Johnson Evelyn Lord Linda Sanford Elnora T. Webb Peralta Community College District Elihu Harris Alton Jelks Sadiq Ikharo Atheria Smith (consultant) Caltrans Jean Finney Beth Thomas Carolyn Trunnell Oakland Unified School District Tim White

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INTRODUCTION
PROJECT OVERVIEW AND GOALSThe Lake Merritt BART Station Plan, jointly funded by BART and Caltrans, was initiated as a component of BART’s station area planning program. The objective of this project was to develop a community-based vision for the station area, based on information developed through an existing conditions analysis, a market analysis, a station access survey, a land use conceptual design...
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