WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EXPRESS BUS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN


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Project Overview

The West Contra Costa County Express Bus Implementation Plan will identify the opportunities for expanded express bus service from Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, Richmond and unincorporated west Contra Costa County communities to destinations in west Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco. After identifying specific transit expansion opportunities, WCCTAC will prepare a plan to implement those services. An “express” bus is a public bus that gets people to their destination faster than a regular or “local” bus by making fewer stops than local bus services and by taking advantage of transit priority improvements (ex. queue jumps or signal priority), thereby reducing travel time. Express buses primarily operate during commute periods on highways and freeways, often utilizing a carpool lane.

Why Expand Express Bus Service?

There currently is no direct express bus service that connects the West County with employment centers in west Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. That journey now requires most transit users to make a “three-seat trip” using multiple transit providers. In addition, existing express bus service to San Francisco is at or nearing capacity and/or may not be serving emerging employment centers in San Francisco efficiently. Prior travel demand analysis has shown a need for a high-capacity transit option, like express bus service, to serve areas where BART doesn’t go. In addition, the 2017 West County High Capacity Transit Study found there was unmet transit need in the West County that could be served by express busses.

Project Goals

The Interstate-80 corridor is one of the most congested freeways in the Bay Area, and traffic jams often occur throughout the day and on weekends too.  By offering expanded express bus service along the I-80 corridor, WCCTAC hopes to reduce commute times, improve air quality, and increase transit ridership and quality of life for commuters. To meet these goals the study will:

  • Identify infrastructure improvement projects that give the express bus travel advantages, so it can travel more quickly than other vehicles under both free-flowing and congested conditions.
  • Assess the viability of both expansion and enhancement to existing routes and the provision of new routes, including direct connections from West County to employment centers in west Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco.

  • Identify clear direction for action, including preferred bus route alignment, bus stop locations, operating schedule, suggested fare, and bicycle and pedestrian facility gaps in the areas surrounding future bus stops.

 

Share Your Ideas!

The feedback and ideas of residents, employers, and employees within the study area will be crucial to creating and finalizing the Express Bus Implementation Plan.

Click here to provide your input online. Using this link, you can choose from a variety of options to provide feedback. Providing feedback is quick (2 to 5 minutes) and easy. You can share general comments, complete the rider survey, and rank factors that would encourage you to ride the express bus.

WCCTAC is also coming out to the community to get input on the Express Bus Implementation Plan. Outreach dates will be posted once finalized. Please check back for updates.

Public Outreach

In addition to gathering feedback online, in-person outreach is an important part of the West Contra Costa Express Bus Study.  WCCTAC will be hosting pop-up events in West Contra Costa communities and will be holding focus groups with major employers in west Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco. Future events will be posted once the date, time, and location have been finalized. We encourage your attendance at the community events throughout the process! WCCTAC will also be spreading the word about the project through press releases, eblasts, and direct mailings. Help us spread the word about this exciting project.

 

Project Documents

Background Documents

Click on the links below to learn more about the Express Bus Implementation Project.

Project Factsheet

The following studies have previously identified the need for express bus service in West Contra Costa County.

West County High Capacity Transit Study

CCTA Express Bus Study Update

Study Sponsors

Funding for the Express Bus Plan comes from Caltrans via “Additional Sustainable Communities Grants” authorized by Senate Bill 1 – The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Local matching funds come from Contra Costa County’s Measure J’s Transportation Sales Tax 28b fund and WCCTAC in-kind contributions.

Study Partners

AC Transit

WestCAT

Timeline

FALL 2018 Gather baseline data. Collect first phase of community input, on service needs and priorities.
WINTER 2018/2019 Identify route and stop location options.
SPRING 2019 Second phase of community input, on identified opportunities.
SUMMER 2019 Prepare draft implementation plan.
FALL 2019/ WINTER 2020 Finalize implementation plan and third phase of community input, on final plan.

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