West County Transportation Advisory Committee Needs Bike Push for Measure J

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue

While the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) works to compile a countywide Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) to please two-thirds of Contra Costa voters in November 2016, the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) revisits their priorities under this potential TEP plan. West County’s share of a new TEP plan is $544 milliion out of a $2.3 billioin, 25 year plan. Bike East Bay is supporting BART’s ask for $300 million to fund new BART cars and station access improvements, AC Transit’s ask for a significant increase in funding for needed local bus service, and appreciate BART’s and AC Transit’s support of our call for Major Street Complete Street projects ($200 million countywide, $46.5 million West County) and a dedicated category of 5% ($120 million countywide, $27.2 million for West County) for walking and bicycling projects.

Come to this Special Meeting of the WCCTAC Board, and show your support for “Better BART, Buses and Bikes.”

More on Bike East Bay’s Measure J Reauthorization Campaign

How Do We Adjust $$$ to Achieve Bike East Bay’s Goals?

 

Bike East Bay’s Plan for West County (in millions)
Category Current Bike East Bay Difference
Local Streets 119 105.2 -13.8
Major Streets 19.4 46.5 +27.1
BART 69.8 69.8 0
I-80 Corridor Transit 20 20 0
80/San Pablo Dam Road 60 60 0
Bus Service 80 80 0
Seniors and People with Disability 22.9 22.9 0
Safe Transportation for Children 21.3 21.3 0
Intercity Rail and Ferry 35 30 -5
Pedestrian, Bicycle and Trails 16.8 27.2 +10.4
Community Development Investment 32.6 32.6 0
Innovative Transportation Technology 26.7 13 -13.7
Transportation Planning 5.4 5.4 0
Regional Choice 10 5 -5
Administration 5.4 5.4 0
Total 544 544 0

 

Major Streets Complete Streets Program

We have succeeded to date in getting 30% of the Major Streets Complete Streets Program dedicated to at least four marquee pilot complete street projects, one in each area of Contra Costa County. A model complete street project will involve a busy street, such as San Pablo Avenue for example, and include a full array of transportation improvements for all users of the roadway. These marquee projects will get selected in the first three years of a new Measure J (by year 2020).

The completed project should included:

  • Protected bike lanes
  • Comfortable sidewalks and safe cross walks
  • ADA improvements
  • High quality transit service if a transit corridor
  • Traffic signal coordination
  • Smart parking management if there is on-street parking
  • Repaving of the street

The goal of each marquee pilot project will be to show other cities how to completely redesign streets and make them more efficient at moving people, not just cars. This program was proposed by Bike East Bay to jump start an equitable approach to transportation planning in Contra Costa, different from that to date where engineers first asked the question: “How do I move more cars?” and then asked “What room is left over to try and make this street more complete?” The real question is: “How can I make this street work for everyone, starting with an acceptable level of accommodation for all users.”