Your tax dollars are funding an increasingly diverse array of transit choices across Contra Costa County. From bus service throughout the region to new ferry services on the horizon, these choices are easing congestion and providing vital transit connections to residents of all ages.
Contra Costa Transportation Authority funds all four local transit providers, including AC Transit, the Central Contra Costa Transportation Agency (County Connection), Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT), and Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit). Combined, these agencies move thousands of riders daily to destinations including local schools and hospitals, East Bay employment centers, and regional destinations like downtown San Francisco.
CCTA is partnering with the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit) and the UC Berkeley California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology to pilot a service that could provide essential transit connections throughout eastern Contra Costa County. This pilot program will test the feasibility of "dynamic dispatching," a system that bus routes to adjust to the needs of riders in real-time, rather than requiring busses follow a traditional fixed route. For commuters, this would mean bus service that adjusts routes and stops based on the locations of people rather than stations, and provides a direct line from one neighborhood to another. The integrated dynamic transit operation pilot program will also test "connection protection" making connections between BART and TriDelta Transit seamless. BART trains will wait for riders on a nearby TriDelta Transit bus to arrive. Likewise, TriDelta Transit busses will not leave the BART station until passengers from a connecting train have made their way onto the bus. The pilot study will launch in 2016.
CCTA continues its planning and development to launch a brand-new ferry connection from Richmond to San Francisco in the coming years. This new connection will provide a link from the East Bay directly to jobs in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. By increasing reliable transit options for Bay Area commuters, we can simultaneously decrease congestion and protect the environment in Contra Costa and throughout the Bay Area. Ferry service is expected to launch in 2017.
CCTA is working hard to support improvements to local BART stations to make your commute smoother, safer, and more enjoyable every day. These improvements include easier BART station access and wayfinding signage to help everyone navigate BART stations more easily.
CCTA is also helping to fund new bike lockers to help people bike to BART and safely store their ride. By encouraging more residents to bike to BART, we can reduce parking demand at the stations and increase access to transit.
With CCTA’s support, the eastern expansion of BART into Pittsburg and Antioch is moving forward. The project will progress in tandem with the Highway 4 widening, and ultimately provide thousands of residents with excellent transit service and trains. This BART expansion project will pave the way for future expansions toward Brentwood.
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CCTA's continues our dedication to provide accessible service to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Cost-effective public transportation services integrated with accessible shared-ride services helps maximize our investments and increase reliability and service for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Contra Costa County. By fostering partnerships between non-profit agencies, public transit agencies, and public social service programs, we're enabling better services, more efficiently.
We're also creating new connections. Thanks to a new partnership between CCTA and Monument Impact, shuttle buses providing improved, flexible service for residents within the neighborhood is about to improve for its riders. The upgraded shuttle service will be modeled off of a similar "lifeline" shuttle service in Walnut Creek, the Lamorinda Spirit Van. The Spirit Van Program, which has been in service since June 2006, provides Lamorinda residents 60 years of age and older easy, reliable access to a set of pre-determined destinations in the area.