TEMPO Bus Rapid Transit

Oakland and San Leandro, California

Client: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Role: Subconsultant

Project Duration: 2011 – 2021

American Council of Engineering Companies, California Chapter – Honor Award, 2022

Key Features

  • Design and construction documentation of 9.5-mile Bus Rapid Transit route and station improvements
  • New and retrofitted streetscape, parking lots, and public open space with landscape, hardscape, and wayfinding signage
  • Integration of artistic enhancements into the project design process and stations with an emphasis on local identity


CD+A is part of the multidisciplinary team that conducted preliminary and final design and developed construction documents, and is assisting with construction administration for both the 9.5-mile long East Bay Bus Rapid Transit TEMPO line between Downtown Oakland and San Leandro BART and the reconfiguration of the San Leandro Transit Center (SLTC) improvement project, which is the terminus of the TEMPO line.

CD+A is responsible for project urban design, landscape architecture, wayfinding, and assisting with project art enhancements. Project-specific signature elements such as station identity trees and hardscape materials, including special alert paving for sight impaired pedestrians, were developed. CD+A provided the design and construction documentation for 1.5 miles of new and existing landscaped and hardscaped medians, landscape retrofits of sidewalk adjacent street trees and public open space, and two off-street parking lots associated with the project and which include green infrastructure. At the SLTC, CD+A reconfigured and expanded existing landscape treatments. 

Building on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Transit Hub Signage Guidelines and Standards, CD+A developed the wayfinding signage program, which included sign locations, content schedules, and construction details for a robust directional and wayfinding signage system to better orient passengers.

Finally, CD+A and its public art subconsultant are responsible for conceptualizing and coordinating the integration of artistic enhancements into the station designs to reflect the local identity of the adjacent neighborhoods. This work included identifying potential art enhancement elements, determining an artist selection panel, putting out a call for artists, and coordinating artist work with the project design teamwork.