Business Support Services

AC Transit and the City of Oakland have committed nearly $20 million to address both the temporary effects of construction and the more permanent effects of the new infrastructure that will be built along the corridor. Here is how those funds are being used:

Bus Rapid Transit Construction – Temporary Impact Mitigation Allowances: The District will fund and administer temporary impact Business Impact Mitigation activities in Oakland ($2,165,000) and San Leandro ($255,000), consistent with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines, to address direct temporary construction impacts to businesses, and; make referrals and provide technical support. as needed for temporary mitigations during construction.

  • Relocating and upgrading utility infrastructure; providing new sewer laterals for affected property owners; acquiring off-street parking lots to replace spaces lost in the Fruitvale and Elmhurst neighborhoods as a result of new infrastructure; and completing street improvements in the Fruitvale district to address traffic congestion.
  • Assigning Construction Community Relations Managers who will oversee communications with merchants in Oakland and San Leandro, operate a Bus Rapid Transit Information Center and a 24-hour hotline.

BRT – Oakland Business Sustainability Program: The District will fund and administer Business Impact Mitigation (BIM) activities in Oakland ($500,000) consistent with FTA guidelines to address direct permanent construction impacts and mitigate these to the maximum extent practicable through design changes and/or on-site improvements, such as relocating driveway cutouts and business signage obstructed by curbside station canopies.

  • The District will fund the technical assistance element of the Oakland Business Sustainability Program ($2,000,000) that is not governed by FTA guidelines and do not constitute direct construction impacts. This funding will implement a full set of BIM services administered by the City of Oakland in order to:
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and access to City of Oakland and other financial programs.
  • Assist businesses prior to the start of major roadway construction to conduct business and operational assessments and develop customized mitigation strategies.
  • The City of Oakland will fund the implementation of mitigation plans developed in the technical assistance outreach.
  • The City of Oakland will fund transit related improvements adjacent to new housing developments planned along the corridor.
  • The City of Oakland will fund pedestrian lighting and sidewalk repairs along International Boulevard.

 
For more information on the programs listed above, including guidelines and the application process, please contact:

Al Auletta
City of Oakland
Development/Redevelopment Project Manager
Housing and Community Development Department
510-238-3752
aauletta@oaklandnet.com

 

BRT – San Leandro – Technical Assistance Program:

  • The District will fund and administer BIM activities in San Leandro ($294,000), consistent with FTA guidelines to address direct permanent construction impacts and mitigate these to the maximum extent practicable through design changes and/or on-site improvements, such as relocating driveway cutouts and business signage obstructed by curbside station canopies.