Integrated Transit Plan

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is developing an Integrated Transit Plan (ITP) to improve transit services and coordination in Contra Costa County. CCTA is reviewing all existing services and will recommend new ways to improve transit for everyone, with special consideration for the different needs of riders across the county.

Background

Contra Costa residents want to drive less, but many still rely on cars. This is due in part to the challenges of using public transit, such as insufficient connections between transit provider services, too much time between trips, and long travel times.

The five bus transit operators in the county have a long history of working together, which has improved the transit system and made it easier for riders to transfer between services. However, the system needs to be updated to meet the needs of today’s travelers. We need to make it more efficient and better coordinated, and we need to update services and infrastructure to create a modern and sustainable transit network.

Get Involved

Tell us what would get you where you need to go using public transit! CCTA is looking for input from community members to make sure the ITP meets the needs of all travelers. We’re particularly interested in hearing from transit riders and people in equity priority communities. Five survey participants will have a chance to win a $100 Clipper Card!

Creating the Integrated Transit Plan

CCTA is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the five Contra Costa bus operators (AC Transit, County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT, and Wheels) to identify ways to optimize the transit network. The ITP will provide guidance for an improved transit network that better serves local and regional travelers.

The ITP will also include a list of improvements that will support enhanced services. The goal of these projects and improvements is to attract more riders and position the bus operators to meet future challenges.

The ITP will focus on the following areas:

Coordination: Identify ways to improve coordination between transit providers so that riders have convenient and seamless travel. Improved coordination will also result in more efficient use of public funds.

Innovation: Explore emerging technologies to enhance Contra Costa County’s transit system, like on-demand shuttles that get people to transit, Mobility as a Service, and traffic signals that prioritize the movement of buses.

Equity: Improve transit so that all communities and residents benefit, including low-income communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities.

The ITP is necessary to enable Contra Costa County’s four bus operators to meet the transportation challenges of the future.

Improved Transit

CCTA wants to make public transportation easier to use and more convenient. With improved transit, Contra Costa County will be a more livable, sustainable, and equitable place to live and travel. As recommendations in the ITP are put into place, the public will see many benefits:

  • Better connections to regional services, like BART and Capitol Corridor.
  • Improvements for increased speed and reliability.
  • Enhancements to improve riders’ transit experience.

Project Status

The ITP project team is actively working to identify new ways to make transit services more reliable, efficient, and accessible, while improving first and last-mile connections. They’re exploring innovative mobility options to help reduce our reliance on cars and promote sustainable transportation across Contra Costa County. The responses to the survey launched in May are being used to review and confirm the team’s recommendations. We’re committed to keeping the public informed throughout this process and plan to share our findings this summer.

Project Timeline

The ITP is an 18-month project that began in April 2023 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2024.

Meetings & Related Documents

  • April 17, 2024 – Board MeetingBoard Memo & AttachmentJoin
    The CCTA Board will consider a budget amendment at their next meeting.
  • April 4, 2024 – Planning CommitteePresentation
    Staff updated the CCTA Board Planning Committee on the status of the project including updates to the action plans and takeaways from the transit operator workshops.
  • March 1, 2024 – CCTA Staff WorkshopPresentation
    The ITP project team gathered with CCTA staff to discuss proposed access improvement zones and transit priority corridors that will shape the recommendations of the final plan.
  • October 20, 2023 – Board WorkshopBoard Memo & Attachments
    In October 2023, staff sought input on the Integrated Transit Plan priorities, the role of
    the Authority in transit, policy, and infrastructure, and funding for transit in the near- and
    long-term. In addition, the Contra Costa County transit operators presented on the
    current state of their services, key projects, and plans for the future.
  • October 2, 2023 – Bus Transit Coordinating Committee (BTCC) Meeting
    Board Memo & AttachmentVideo
    In October 2023, CCTA provided a progress update on the Contra Costa ITP.
  • September 20, 2023 – Framing WorkshopPresentation
    In September 2023, CCTA hosted over 30 of the county’s top transportation
    leaders at a framing workshop for the ITP at our Walnut Creek office. The
    purpose of the workshop was to establish project priorities, present key
    takeaways from our service and market assessment, and solicit input on our
    approach to identifying transit improvements.
  • August 18, 2023 – Information and Listening SessionPresentation
    In August 2023, CCTA hosted a virtual listening session for community
    organizations and advocates to provide early input into the plan’s development.

For more info about this plan, contact:

Ying Smith – Director of Mobility Programs
Contra Costa Transportation Authority
925.256.4748
ysmith@ccta.net