CCTA Breaks Ground on New Southbound Express Lane on I-680
KRON 4 News

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 4 today celebrated the start of construction on a new southbound Express Lane on Interstate 680 that will stretch 11 miles from south of Marina Vista Avenue in Martinez to Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek.  View Story
Lyft rolls its self-driving cars onto new testing track

GoMentum Station has partnered with the ride-hailing company, Lyft. Lyft believes in self-driving cars making the future of ground transportation safer. They have partnered with several companies working on self-driving cars such as Nutonomy, Ford, General Motors, Drive.ai and Waymo. Lyft has also opened a hardware and software engineering facility in Silicon Valley dedicated to autonomous vehicle development, called Level 5. Read on

Self-driving corporate shuttles hit the road in the East Bay
San Francisco Business Times

Self-driving vehicles took another big step forward in California with the first testing of driverless shuttles on public streets today. Two EasyMile shuttles moving up to 15 miles per hour were tested at the Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon where local officials touted the electric shuttles as a way to someday connect people more efficiently to nearby transit. EasyMile EZ10 shuttles hold up to 12 people, testing of them began at GoMentum Station in 2016. Read more

California's first driverless bus hits the road in San Ramon
ABC 7 News

Contra Costa Transportation Authority made history today when a little red shuttle pulled onto a public road with nobody at the wheel. The fully autonomous EasyMile shuttle is the first driverless shuttle in California to be granted permission to drive on public streets. Contra Costa's goal is nearly a hundred of the little autonomous busses by 2020. See the full story 

Carpoolers Earning More Cash in Contra Costa County
Pinole Patch

Drivers who travel to or from Contra Costa County with the Scoop carpooling app started receiving more money per trip on Monday, in a pilot program that is part of an expanded partnership between CCTA and Scoop. Read on
Driverless Technology Advances with partnership between Toyota Research Institute and Gomentum Station
New Mobility

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5,000 acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, California. Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), this partnership enables TRI to expand closed course testing of its two-prong approach to vehicle automation – Guardian and Chauffeur. Read on
Autonomous Vehicles Gain Momentum
Bay Area Monitor

CONCORD, Calif. - Excitement is building about fully autonomous vehicles - especially in the Bay Area, where GoMentum Station is going full throttle to help change the way people, goods and services will eventually travel about the world. Read the full story in the Bay Area Monitor

Concord's 4th of July Parade Makes History
ABC 7 News

Concord selects autonomous vehicle to be parade’s grand marshal.

CONCORD, Calif. (KGO)- It’s an American tradition for parades to have a grand marshal, and that grand marshal is usually a person. But Tuesday’s Fourth of July parade in Concord was a bit unusual. 

The grand marshal this year was a little red bus with no steering wheel and no driver’s seat- an autonomous vehicle. 

Read the full story at ABC News

Preparing AI to Safely Transport a Vehicle's Passengers
Government Technology

Artificial intelligence holds the promise of rapidly altering existing industries, and transportation is not immune.

CONCORD, Calif. — Machines today can do incredible things. Computer algorithms are advanced enough to best world champions in chess or the multi-week champion on Jeopardy! If you ask that same chess-playing computer to a game of checkers, however, complications arise.

While said computer may excel at one task, using that same computing power to solve an equally or even less complex problem is the largest hurdle for artificial intelligence (AI) developers. During a discussion on how AI will effect mobility at GoMentum Station's Redefining Mobility Summit on March 30, a series of speakers took on this question head on.

Read the full story at Government Technology.

U.S. DOT Names 10 Proving Ground Sites for Testing Autonomous Vehicles
Government Technology

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced ten automated vehicle proving ground test sites that will form a Community of Practice with the goal of advancing autonomous and connected vehicle technology.

Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority, which operates GoMentum Station in Concord, Calif., said he was “honored to be selected as one of the ten locations in the United States. This is the only technology on the planet that can help reduce traffic fatalities to zero.”

Read the full story at Government Technology.

New California Law Allows Driverless Vehicles to Test on Public Roads
NBC News - Tech News

A bill introduced by Assembly Woman Susan Bonilla was signed into law on Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown allows the Contra Costa Transportatoin Authority to test self-driving vehicles with no operator inside on a public road, a key step towards testing EasyMile driverless shuttles at Bishop Ranch business park. Read the full story here.
June eNewsletter
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

The June 2016 eNewsletter introduces the CCTA Board's tranformative 30-year Transportation Expenditure Plan, announces a closure of I-80 on June 18-19, gives an update on GoMentum Station and features highlights of the Redefining Mobility Summit and Bike to Work Day. Read our newsletter.

Driving Toward Connectedness

Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director Randy Iwasaki explains what drivers can look forward to as autonomous and connected vehicle technology enters the consumer market. Iwasaki predicts that paving the way for shared, electric, autonomous vehicles will reshape cities of the future! Read the full article in Roads&Bridges May 2016 issue here.
Redefining Mobility Summit Showcases a Bright Future for Transportation
Transit California

Contra Costa Transportation Authority Senior Engineer Jack Hall recounts the highlights of the 2016 Redefining Mobility Summit for Transit California. Read the full article here.
Navigating the Path to Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
Future Structure

As with any new invention, the best way to learn about it is to test it. That’s exactly what CCTA's GoMentum Station program is doing in Contra Costa, Calif., as it develops America’s largest and most comprehensive testing facility for autonomous and connected vehicles. Read the article in FutureStructure

March eNewsletter
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

In this newsletter we feature a message from our new chair Julie Pierce, a summary report on the outreach for our Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), details on the SMART corridor planned for I-80, and information about the upcoming Redefining Mobility Summit. Read our newsletter
High Tech Improvements to I-80 Corridor: New Video
SMART Corridor Project Website

Today the I-80 SMART Corridor Project released a web-based video demonstrating features of the intelligent technologies soon to be turned on along the I-80 corridor and connecting streets. 2015 will be a SMART year for motorists with the activation of this new technology on one of the Bay Area's busiest interstates, and the video released today will help prepare motorists for these improvements.
Modernizing California's Highway 4
ASPIRE Magazine (The Concrete Bridge Magazine)

The Highway 4 Corridor Project, led by California’s CCTA, will expand and modernize Highway 4 to accommodate increased traffic volumes and future construction of commuter rail in the fast-growing eastern portions of Contra Costa County, near San Francisco.  Read the article

October 2014 eNewsletter
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

In this newsletter we annouce our partnership to test self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, the completion of the Sand Creek Interchange project in Brentwood, and share details about smarter parking resources at Pacheco Transit Hub. Read our newsletter
Brentwood Celebrates Sand Creek Interchange
KGO Radio

The City of Brentwood hosted a celebration today at the completion of the Sand Creek Interchange project.
August 2014 eNewsletter
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

In our first newsletter, we share a letter from our Exective Director, Randy Iwasaki, as well as opportunities for the public to be involved in the 2014 update to our Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP). Read our newsletter 

Smart highway aims to cut congestion on westbound I-80
SF Gate

The Bay Area's next big highway project promises to cut congestion and reduce accidents in the East Bay on westbound I-80, which consistently ranks as the region's lousiest commute and it's due to be finished early next year. Read Article
California Highway Expansion Eases Commute
Civil Engineering Magazine

Civil Engineering Magazine profiles CCTA's Highway 4 project, which will help ease "one of the worst commutes in the United States." Read the full article
Contra Costa Times: Pittsburg ready for 'milestone' completion of Loveridge Road overpass on Highway 4
Contra Costa Times

The Contra Costa Times covers a major milestone for the Highway 4 widening project. Read the full article
Danville urged to widen Diablo Road and add bike lanes to make street safer
Contra Costa Times

The Contra Costa Times covers an upcoming meeting of the Danville Town Council where the widening of Diablo Road will be discussed. Read the full article
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News Briefs: there's an app for this carpool program
Walnut Creek Journal

The Walnut Creek Journal covers the CCTA-sponsored dynamic carpooling pilot program launched in partnership with the Contra Costa Centre Association. Using the Avego smartphone app, the 5,000 employees working in and around the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village can find carpool matches in real time or in advance by searching for other Avego users at the village. Read the full article