More for Contra Costa on March 2020 Ballot

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: June 25, 2019

 

June 25, 2019

With polling positive and an economy strong, Contra Costa is betting that voters stuck in traffic on 80, 680, SR 4 and SR 24 are ready to approve a new transportation sales tax measure to move them along. Bike East Bay is pushing for 10% of funds to improve walking and bicycling, a substantial increase over the 2016 Measure X plan, and 60% of funds for transit and other commute alternatives. We are working with Save Mount Diablo, Greenbelt Alliance, Urban Habitat, Monument Impact, TransForm, Sierra Club, four bus operators in Contra County, as well as directly with CCTA Board, to ensure this plan delivers better and more equitable mobility.

An initial draft plan will be officially released next week by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), but the preview has 10% for bike/peds and just over 50% overall for transit/walking/bicycling. There is push-back mainly from cities that want more money to repave their streets than the 15% allocated. While these initial funding levels are better than the Measure X plan voted on in 2016, more money and more strategic planning are needed to move forward better alternatives to driving alone. If you are interested in helping, contact Bike East Bay’s Advocacy Director Dave Campbell at [email protected].

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