Overview
A view of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge from Vista Point

View to the east from Vista Point. Photo: Sergio Ruiz, flickr

Introduction

Vista Point is a scenic rest stop on Yerba Buena Island near the Bay Bridge East Span bicycle/pedestrian path. Featuring restrooms, benches, a hydration station, and bike racks, Vista Point offers sweeping views of the East Span of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Oakland.

Vista Point is open to cyclists and pedestrians weekdays and weekends on the same schedule as the Bay Bridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Path and serves as the access point onto the path from Yerba Buena Island. 

Restricted Bike/Pedestrian Access to Treasure Island

See information about restricted Treasure Island access due to construction.

Temporary Closure in September-November 2021

Beginning September 7, 2021, and continuing through mid-November 2021, Vista Point at Yerba Buena Island will be closed due to construction as part of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority's Southgate Road Realignment Project. The closure will begin just beyond the end of the bicycle/pedestrian landing area on Yerba Buena Island. 

This closure does not impact the use of the bicycle/pedestrian path between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island on the Bay Bridge. 

Shuttle to Treasure Island 

The shuttle has been discontinued due to COVID-19 restrictions.  It is unknown at this time when the shuttle service will resume.

 

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A map of Yerba Buena Island pointing out Vista Point

Cost & Funding 

The Transportation Authority and Bay Area Toll Authority each contributed $1 million to design, build, and maintain the Vista Point facility.

Project Partners

The Transportation Authority led the Vista Point project in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Bay Area Toll Authority, Caltrans, and the Treasure Island Development Authority. Construction was carried out under a license agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard, which owns the site.

Future Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path

Local agencies are studying whether we can eventually extend the Bay Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Path Span path around Yerba Buena Island and across the West Span of the bridge into downtown San Francisco. The biggest challenge remains financial—estimated costs for a project of this type run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Regional Measure 3 funds could be used to support the path, but stakeholders have not yet identified the significant amount of funding needed for the project.

Resources

Treasure Island Development Authority website

Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path

Contact

Eric Cordoba, Deputy Director for Capital Projects

Related programs

The Treasure Island Transportation Program will address the island's growing transportation needs with a goal to have at least 50 percent of trips made by transit instead of private vehicles.

The West Side Bridges Retrofit will seismically retrofit eight existing bridge structures along Treasure Island Road to meet current seismic safety standards.

The Southgate Road Realignment will realign Southgate Road, the critical local road connection between the I-80 westbound and eastbound on- and off-ramps.

The new westbound I-80 on- and off-ramps that connect Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island to the eastern span of the Bay Bridge are open.