CCTA is committed to making Contra Costa streets safe for everyone and helping all residents get where they need to go, regardless of how they travel. Our work often includes redesigning existing streets so that drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists can all stay safe while moving across the county.
The Measure J Transportation Sales Tax approved by voters in 2004 dedicates funding for street repaving, trails through parks, and other enhancements. In 2015, many improvements were completed or initiated.
CCTA understands that sometimes the best choices are made at the local level. That is why we provide 18% of all county sales tax revenues back to our local cities. This funding stream covers essential repaving work and safety enhancements to improve city streets across Contra Costa. Together, local governments and CCTA make our streets safer and smoother for everyone.
The Iron Horse Trail received new funding to repave 12 miles of the bicycle and pedestrian paths, promising a smoother ride for years to come. The trail runs parallel to I-680 between Dublin in Alameda County to Concord, largely along a Southern Pacific Railroad right of way decommissioned in 1977. The trail also connects directly to BART stations in both Dublin/Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill. Work is scheduled to begin in January 2016 and should take only 12 months.
2015 saw the completion of the Hercules Bay Trail along the west-county coast. The new trail reaches from the northern extension of the John Muir Parkway along the San Pablo Bay, before it connects with the existing trail of the Victoria by the Bay housing subdivision. The trail is part of a multi-modal project striving to connect rail, bus, and ferry service as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. To learn more about this transportation project, check out this website.