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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more information?
- View the current proposed funding levels (which change regularly).
- Read our joint letter to CCTA, June 19, 2019.