West County High Capacity Transit Study
In May 2017, WCCTAC completed its West County High-Capacity Transit Study. High-capacity transit differs from local transit service in that it provides substantially higher levels of passenger capacity with typically fewer stops and higher speeds than local bus service. The study evaluated public transportation options and identified funding opportunities to expand high-capacity transit service and access for the more than 250,000 residents of West County. In addition to taking a fresh look at the origins and destinations of people who live or work in West County, the Study examined how to encourage transit use and improve service in underserved communities. The Study’s final proposal identified five projects to improve the quality and effectiveness of high-capacity transit in West County, expand alternatives to driving on congested streets and highways, and improve regional air quality. These five included:
- Increased Express Bus Service to San Francisco and expansion of service to Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland
- Bus Rapid Transit service along San Pablo Ave.
- Bus Rapid Transit service along 23rd Street
- Commuter rail including completion of the Regional Intermodal Transit Center in Hercules
- BART Extension extending north from the Richmond BART Station
The study's May 2017 Final Report, provides a summary of the work. Throughout the length of the study, public presentations were made to the WCCTAC Board, to City Councils in West County and three public workshops in Pinole, San Pablo and Richmond. These presentations are available on the Presentations page. For more detailed information such technical memos on travel markets, preliminary alternatives, evaluation and screening of alternatives, ridership estimates, cost estimates, public outreach efforts, please visit the Technical Memos page.
Why did WCCTAC Conduct a High-Capacity Transit Study?
Interstate 80 is the most congested corridor in the Bay Area, and the Richmond BART line often reaches full capacity during commute hours.
Expanded transit options and capacity would provide West County residents, including those located away from major corridors, with more convenient and comfortable access to employment centers in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville, as well as the greater Bay Area job market.
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