Owens Drive lane reductions
In August 2016, Owens drive was reduced from 3 eastbound lanes (plus a turning lane) to 1 eastbound lane between Willow Road and Iron Horse Trail. This was done to create public diagonal parking in the existing street right of way in conjunction with the new apartments that were built at the same time. This project was approved several years prior.
Traffic backups have been observed as a result. It was determined in 2009 that the PM traffic condition of "LOS A" would exist at 2025 buildout. The previously predicted flow has clearly suffered. The current LOS has not yet been studied, and it is not known whether the buildout performance will change. Currently it would be hard to define it better than C.
There have been a wide variety of complaints about the reduction, as well as public support.[]
The same lane configuration change will be applied in the opposite direction when housing is built in the current BART parking lot, which may not happen for several years.