Macdonald Avenue runs in a straight line from the Richmond Parkway through downtown to San Pablo Avenue, after which it continues as a minor street for a few blocks, ending at Ludwig Avenue in El Cerrito.
The portion from about 8th Street through 16th Street was historically the main commercial area of Richmond. It is currently the focus of the, an accredited Main Street program designed to preserve and revitalize the Downtown Richmond area.
Bus service is provided along the entire length of the corridor west of San Pablo Avenue on AC Transit route 72M. The avenue fronts the Richmond Civic Center and Macdonald 80 Shopping Centers. BART, Capitol Corridor, and Amtrak share the Richmond BART/Amtrak station along the avenue, the end of the line. The station serves as a transit hub for trains and AC and Golden Gate Transit buses.
- Point Molate Casino EIR, Volume I, 2009, accessed May 25, 2010
- Richmond Main Street Initiative, access date 02-03-2009
- TTCA Welcomes the City of Richmond Into the California Main Street Program., Business Wire, December 13, 2007, retrieved May 24, 2007
- Richmond Main Street Initiative, Inc.
- California Office of Historic Preservation, Main Street Program
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street Center
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