Understanding where we are going and how we will get there is key to CCTA's mission. From studying solutions to congestion along key corridors to facilitating local planning studies, we're helping ensure that the next generation of transportation projects keeps Contra Costa moving.
As a steward of public dollars, CCTA is deeply invested in soliciting public input into our future plans. To update the Countywide Transportation Plan and develop a possible Transportation Expenditure plan, we embarked on an ambitious public outreach effort. Between telephone town halls, paper surveys, and our interactive online tools, we’ve heard from over 15,000 Contra Costa residents. This engagement ensures that our work addresses residents' needs and represents the smartest plans possible.
We heard from Contra Costa residents that you want better options along key highway corridors-including I-80 and I-680-and we're listening! Our team of expert planners are examining options to relieve the heavy congestion along these corridors through the heart of the county and near the western shore.
The I-680 study proposes enhanced local and express bus service with new park and ride lots. During peak periods, buses would be allowed to use the right-hand shoulder to skip past traffic congestion. Projects that deploy breakthrough innovations in autonomous vehicles are proposed through the I-680 corridor, putting it at the cutting edge of new traffic-busting technologies.
Thanks to residents' feedback, CCTA is exploring the establishment of a new connection into the Bay Area to reduce congestion and freight traffic in the southeastern portion of the county. The possibility of a new, multimodal corridor presents opportunities for job creation and safer transportation for everyone in the area.
As we plan for Contra Costa County's future, we’re listening to local needs. Part of this work entails supporting local city governments in their own planning efforts. In 2015, CCTA facilitated $2.7 million in grant funding to local Contra Costa cities to support Priority Development Area Planning Studies. Making smart—and locally-driven-decisions about locating new developments closer to transit allows us to compete economically while preserving our unique environment and rural agriculture.