Transportation

Who we are and what we do

Business Goals

Equity: Ensuring transportation options meet the needs of Oakland’s diverse communities

Safety: Making Oakland’s streets safe and welcoming

Sustainability: Designing, building, and maintaining 21st Century streets for all

Trust: Providing Oaklanders with an open, accessible, and effective transportation agency

BUREAUS/DIVISIONS

Administration

The Administration unit supports the department-wide administrative functions including the Director’s Office, Administrative Manager, Assistant Director, Human Resources, Fiscal Services, Strategic Planning, Business Analytics and Funding Strategy, which also includes the American with Disabilities Act and Right of Way Management.


Right of Way Management

Ensure that work done in the public right-of-way (ROW) adheres to the City’s highest standards, and that construction projects that bring housing and jobs to the City are implemented per safety standards. This group also provides engineering oversight for private development projects, develops traffic control plans and oversees construction inspectors who confirm that private projects in Oakland’s ROW are being carried out per plan.

Great Streets Delivery

Responsible for planning, designing, implementing and managing major transportation infrastructure projects.


Complete Streets Planning & Project Development

Plan and develop Oakland’s Complete Streets Policy through a corridor approach that values all users—pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers—in ways that improve the safety and livability of key corridors across the City. Using the Citywide Pe-destrian Plan and Bicycle Plan as guidance, and in coordination with Alameda County Transportation Commission’s (ACTC) Multimodal Arterial Plan and AC Transit’s Major Corridors Plan, this group is responsible for policy development, community outreach, corridor plans, and preliminary design, including the critical transition between plan recommendations and project definitions that can be competitive for outside fund-ing. Furthermore, PPD works with the Office of Planning and Building to develop conditions of approval for various private de-velopment projects to ensure they are consistent with OakDOT’s strategic plan and values.


Complete Streets Design

Prepare design and construction documents for capital improvements of streetscape projects developed by and in partnership with the Complete Streets Planning Section. The complete streets projects are major investments that will transform the right of way to encourage and facilitate walking, biking, and transit service.


Complete Streets Pavement & Sidewalk Management

Provide safe, well-maintained local transportation networks for every neighborhood, supporting access by bus, bike, on foot, in a wheelchair or stroller, or in a car. Repaving provides an opportunity to update newly resurfaced streets with designs that accommodate all users and significantly improve safety and accessibility.


Structures and Emergency Response

The Structures and Emergency Response team focuses on seismic retrofits, bridge maintenance, emergency roadway repairs, retaining wall construction, stairway repairs, railroad crossing improvements, and abandoned railroad track removals. This group’s overall focus in on the safety and maintenance of existing roadway and structures.


Traffic Capital Projects

Manage the preparation of design and construction documents for capital improvements related to traffic safety and major traffic operational improvements including Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects, transit priority signalization pro-jects, as well as pedestrian, bikeways, and traffic safety improvements.


Survey

Provide essential survey services for anything being built in the City of Oakland and support the department’s civil engineers as they enter the design phases of major streets projects. The group also provides assessments of parcel boundaries, pivotal for private projects being constructed in the City.

Great Street Maintenance

Responsible for maintaining streets, sidewalks, guardrails and other major road features, including over 800 miles of asphalt pavement within the public right-of-way, requiring ongoing crack sealing, pothole filling, trench paving, and maintaining asphalt berms. The division responds to service requests to repair 200 miles of curb and gutter, 66 miles of concrete streets, 72 miles of concrete medians, and 1,120 linear miles of sidewalks. In addition to maintenance, this division delivers concrete and pavement capital projects with in-house construction crews.

Streetlighting

Provides maintenance and repair of 38,000 City street lights and provides design standards for proper City street lighting. Divi-sion goals include updating the street lighting catalog to include durable, easily maintained street lighting and pedestrian lighting; and conversion of existing non-LED street lights to LED street lights. Committed to leveling the playing field and providing afford-able, energy-efficient and easily maintained lighting in every neighborhood for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders, as well as motorists, helping make every journey safe, no matter how you travel.

Safe Streets

Responsible for actively developing and efficiently maintaining transportation programs and assets in ways that promote the safety and well-being of Oakland residents and visitors.

Safe Street Maintenance

Install and replace City traffic signs, striping, and legends and maintains 200,000 traffic signs, 3,600 miles of lane striping, 400,000 linear feet crosswalks and 6,000 legends. The group also supports a project delivery pipeline by combining in-house capacity and on-call striping contract for the responsive and efficient construction of striping only projects. Meter maintenance is responsible for the City's 3,900 single-space parking meters and 567 multi-space parking kiosks.


Neighborhood Traffic Safety

Support a safe city by assessing traffic safety issues identified by the public based on safety history and socio-economic factors with emphasis placed on residential neighborhoods and school areas. Employ decision and design strategies that ensure lim-ited resources are used efficiently and equitably.


Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs

Advance and improve Oakland’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to promote equity and sustainability. The group coordi-nates implementation of the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans; delivers low-cost, high-impact projects in a programmatic manner; manages transportation-related data; and provides staff support to the City’s Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission.


Major Corridor Multimodal Operations

Balance the needs of transit, pedestrians, bicycles and the changing flow of vehicles at different times of the day by engineering and maintaining the City’s 700+ traffic signals, regulating the right-of-way and playing a critical role in creating new rules for safety on Oakland’s streets. This group would also implement minor in-house traffic signal upgrades as part of improving traffic signal operations. The group also provides 24/7 standby crews for emergency response.


Crossing Guard Operations

Support traffic safety by assisting children and other pedestrians to cross the street in designated crosswalks and stop traffic ac-cordingly. The Crossing Guards may also report traffic violations occurring during school traffic hours or report accidents which involve school children and/or guards while on duty.

Parking and Mobility Management

Mobility Management

Innovations in transportation are changing the way people move around cities. Mobility Management focuses on active man-agement of the city’s on and off-street public parking supply and curb space to serve public needs for private vehicles, transit, taxis, commercial loading, preferential permit parking, bicycle parking, parklets, food trucks, and other public benefits. Mobility Management also works on projects and programs that improve and expand transportation choices – including carsharing, bi-cycle sharing, and scooter sharing – to further the City’s equity, safety, environmental, and economic goals.


Parking Enforcement

Parking Enforcement is dedicated to the issuance of citations through the consistent enforcement of parking laws to incentivize drivers to comply with regulations. This results in parking turnover, greater availability of parking, and the safe and efficient movement of traffic.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Implement policies regarding disability access compliance (excluding employment), administering the citywide ADA Buildings and Facilities Transition Plan and ADA Accommodations capital programs, reviewing other City capital improvement and major development projects for access compliance, responding to ADA grievances and facilitates reasonable program modifications for customers with disabilities, administering the Auxiliary Aides and Services Program that provides communications services to employees and customers with disabilities, and facilitates, monitors, and implements ADA litigation settlements.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

SERVICE INVENTORY

External Services

Construction, Planning, and Project Development

Develops, designs, and delivers capital improvement projects (pedestrian, transit, beautification, access, etc). Prepare construction plans and specifications. Inspect and approve construction of pavement, sidewalks, curb ramps. Provides transportation analysis and policy feedback for proposed private development projects; plans, performs public engagement and outreach on transportation policies, programs, services and projects; prepares preliminary concepts, designs, plans for public, staff, city council consideration before advancing to final plans.


Traffic Engineering and Safety

Advance roadway safety and efficiency by applying engineering measures, establishing roadway rules and regulations, and making transportation safe, accessible, and equitable. Includes alternative transportation options, like bicycles and bikeshare, pedestrians, carshare, scooters, etc.


Street and Sidewalk Maintenance

Provide high quality repair and construction of sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and curb ramps; installs fencing and guardrails, repair concrete streets, construct pedestrian safety islands. Perform construction services including full-scale paving, pothole repair, crack sealing and gutter cleaning, and emergency response during and after storms and landslides. Maintain and install street signs, pavement markings and stripes.


Street Lights and Signals Engineering and Maintenance

Manage utility undergrounding projects, lighting calculations, and review private development projects. Provide 24/7 service, install and repair street lights, and respond to downed poles. Install, operate, and maintain over 800 traffic signals to have safe and efficient arterial streets.


Right-of-Way Management

Provide Utilities, Developers, and Citizens the tools they need to work within Oakland’s Right of Way while securing City assets, protecting the public, and preserving Oakland’s infrastructure– and do it with an unparalleled quality of service.


Survey

Provide quality, accurate, and dependable land surveying and map review services for the entire City.


Structure & Emergency Response

Provide professional engineering services for streets projects in response to disaster and emergencies, during and after events (e.g. storm damage, landslides, fire recovery, earthquakes, etc.), as well as bridge repair/seismic retrofits, and pedestrian paths and stairs repair projects to provide safe infrastructure for all users.


Crossing Guards

The program provides trained adult crossing guards at public elementary and middle schools to assist students and parents in crossing streets using criteria established through a multi-agency Safe Routes to Schools program comprised of representatives from OUSD, ACTC, OPD, OakDOT and non-profits.


Parking Enforcement and Meters

Enforce parking regulations to ensure parking turnover to support businesses, enforce pedestrian/traffic safety, provide equal access (e.g. disabled parking zones), street sweeping, elimination of blight (no overnight parking), issue citations, and generally promote quality of life on City streets. Operate, maintain, repair, and collect revenue from parking meters.


ADA Program

Ensures disability civil rights compliance to advance access, mobility, and equity for persons with disabilities by coordinating physical and programmatic access throughout citywide department programs, activities, and services, so that individuals with disabilities can thrive, live independently, and integrate with the community.

DEPARTMENTAL FACTS


Transportation plans, builds and maintains Oakland’s physical and environmental infrastructure for residents, businesses, and visitors, making Oakland a sustainable and desirable place to live, work, invest and visit.


Oakland’s infrastructure includes:


Local Streets & Roads

  • 2,293 lane miles
  • 184 miles of bike lanes & routes

Sidewalks, Curb Ramps, Stairs & Paths

  • 1,100 miles of sidewalks
  • 17,800 curb ramp locations
  • 400,000 linear feet of crosswalks
  • 220 developed stairs & pathways

Bridges

  • 38 City Bridges

Traffic Signals & Signs

  • 687 traffic signal intersections
  • 200,000 street signs

Street Lighting

  • 38,000 streetlights with 30,500 of them converted to LED lights