West Oakland Link

The West Oakland Link of the Bay Skyway is a proposed 1.1-mile-long elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway that will connect Mandela Parkway with the existing San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span path. 

Open House

Meet the project planners in person on Tuesday, April 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the DeFremery Recreation Center. Tacos and childcare will be available.

Register for the 4/23 open house.

The West Oakland Link will safely separate bicyclists and pedestrians from industrial properties, railroad tracks and the Port of Oakland’s heavy truck traffic. The project is a vital component of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the Bay Skyway, an active transportation corridor that will link the East Bay and – in the future – downtown San Francisco.

The project will also connect directly with the West Grant Avenue’s bicycle corridor to the east, which leads directly into downtown Oakland. The West Oakland Link will provide equitable mobility and restore access for West Oakland’s disadvantaged communities to:

  • High-quality jobs at the Port of Oakland and other locations;
  • Shoreline recreation; and 
  • Via the rest of the Bay Skyway, jobs and cultural and recreational resources on Treasure Island and in downtown San Francisco. 

The West Oakland Link will increase safety for residents of West Oakland and the greater East Bay to bike and walk to the waterfront by way of a structure that is separated from the truck and rail traffic. 

The project will connect Mandela Parkway in West Oakland with key parts of the San Francisco Bay Trail: the Bay Bridge East Span path, Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline and Treasure Island.

Share Your Thoughts

MTC needs your feedback on the proposed plans for West Oakland Link – please fill out the West Oakland Link Survey.

Project Support & Funding

The Bay Area Toll Authority, Alameda County Transportation Commission, the City of Oakland and Caltrans support the projected $100 million project. The proposed project may need to be constructed in phases based on the availability of State and Federal funds.

Staff Contact

Gavin Lohry, BATA Project Manager, Transportation Planning and Operations
Phone: 415-778-6676
Email: glohry@bayareametro.gov

Tentative Project Schedule

Meeting dates are still being finalized, as they are dependent on the design process schedule. Check back soon for more information.

Date Event
9/12/2023 Community Engagement Kickoff
10/10/2023 Design Meeting #1: Design Overview
10/17/2023 Design Meeting #2: Environmental Justice, Air Pollution, Public Health
10/24/2023 Design Meeting #3: Streetscape, Intersections, Traffic Safety
11/7/2023 Design Meeting #4: Placemaking, Design, Historical Resources
4/9/2024 Community Design Review
4/23/2024 Open House (Register for the 4/23 open house)
9/2024 Design Update & Construction Phase Introduction Meeting
3/2025 Pre-Construction Phase Meeting
Past Meeting Materials

4/9/2024: Community Design Review

11/7/2023: Design Meeting #4: Placemaking, Design, Historical Resources

10/24/2023: Design Meeting #3: Streetscape, Intersections, Traffic Safety

10/17/2023: Design Meeting #2: Environmental Justice, Air Pollution, Public Health

10/10/23: Design Meeting #1: Design Overview

9/12/23: Community Engagement Kickoff with West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

West Oakland Link Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Documents

The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration environmental document was released on June 15, 2022. Read the documents below.

Download Documents