Imagine the Possibilities

The INNOVATE 680 Program originated with one simple wish: a connected corridor that would move people faster and better. Imagine never being stuck in traffic again, never missing another youth soccer game due to a slow commute, or never having to miss a doctor’s appointment due to limited travel options. What if, in addition to more predictability in your travel time, you gained extra time each day to do the things important to you?

CCTA has a plan for that.

Our congestion management plan for I-680 consists of six projects, that when operating together, will maximize efficiency in the corridor. Alleviating congestion in Contra Costa County does not have a one-size-fits-all solution; any congestion management strategy for the corridor must consider upgrades to the existing infrastructure. On the project pages provided here, you can read how each of the six projects will improve congestion and provide more mobility options to travelers on and along the I-680 corridor.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a new set of easy-to-use options and tools that will improve mobility for everyone and encourage travelers to move toward shared modes. More specifically, we expect the following benefits to be enjoyed throughout all Contra Costa communities:

People-centered Planning

As a part of the INNOVATE 680 program, we turned to the field of behavioral science to take a deeper look at how people think and make decisions about travel. Our research has revealed insights about transportation behavior, motives, and barriers from around the world and, importantly, right here in Contra Costa County!

Watch our video below to learn more about how behavioral science helps us design projects that excite and inspire all travelers!

Transportation Habits Along I-680

In the fall of 2020, CCTA conducted a representative survey of residents along the I-680 corridor. The responses to this survey put a spotlight on how you and your neighbors get around within this critical corridor and provided invaluable insights about how you’d like to get around in the future. With this information, our INNOVATE 680 team is able to plan and implement projects that better reflect the needs and desires of the end-user.

We’re excited to share the results of this effort in a new video! For a deeper look at how your responses are guiding projects and programs at CCTA, view our survey factsheet or watch a detailed presentation given at a recent CCTA Board Meeting.

50% of non-transit users are willing to give the public bus a try
Part-Time Transit Lanes have been in operation for years in New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, and North Carolina.
5 - 10 minutes. The amount of time national research has shown that people are willing to spend walking to transit
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