Daydreaming while waiting for further developments: Here's how a future streetcar network could connect Oakland. bit.ly/16ezM3H
The brown line is the one under active consideration by City Hall. Future phases would follow in ROYGBIV sequence. Red & Orange are routes being discussed in the EBOTS planning process (with a few alignment liberties of my own near and in Emeryville). Yellow would complete the open loop, but could be skipped if Berkeley balked. Green would provide connectivity between Brooklyn Basin & Grand. Blue would provide a central loop of vibrant corridors. Indigo would connect the loop to the initial lines. Violet would extend transit reach into the auto-heavy hills.
Mayor Libby has been making very encouraging noises so far on transpo and urban fabric; perhaps this will translate to strong streetcar backing by the city.