40th Street and San Pablo Avenue Bus Hub and Complete Streets Redesign

Emeryville, California

Client: City of Emeryville

Role: Lead Consultant

Project Duration: 2017 – 2020

Key Features

  • Redesign of a major street and bus transit hub to increase multimodal access and improvements
  • Integrated streetscape elements and public art to enhance placemaking
  • Innovative bicycle and bus stop facility treatments


The 40th Street and San Pablo project area includes a busy 4-lane street with bicycle lanes approximately three-quarters of a mile long and a transit hub area at one end. CD+A led a team to develop and identify opportunities and designs for the safe and comfortable accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along the street and of transit riders accessing the bus stops located along 40th Street and at the transit hub.

Following an assessment of existing conditions, the CD+A Team developed initial concept design alternatives and presented them to the community, the Planning Commission, and the City Council to solicit feedback and develop a preferred alternative. Working with city staff, the Team then conducted a series of public outreach efforts to other stakeholders and the general public to further refine the design. Proposed improvements include a two-way protected bikeway, protected intersection treatments, improved connections to the Bay Trail, dedicated transit lanes, transit islands adjacent to the bikeway, and a range of bus stop improvements – shelters, lighting, landscape, and public art. The Team also prepared a detailed technical feasibility assessment of transit and traffic operations.

After a review of the preferred concept alternative by stakeholders and the public, the CD+A Team developed 30% level plans, cross-sections, a cost estimate for the preferred alternative, and a funding strategy. The project was approved with a final report and presentations to City committees, commissions, and the City Council. The City has used the Team’s work to pursue grant funding for the final design, environmental clearance, and construction of the preferred design.