News and project updates from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

March 2015

A Message From Our New Chair

This is an exciting time for the Authority and for transportation in general. We’re on the cusp of a technological revolution that will significantly change how we get to where we need to go. Since first joining the Authority Board in 1992, I have seen the agency play a pivotal role in turning plans into completed projects, while remaining forward thinking and innovative in how we address today’s transportation challenges. As we plan for the future, it’s time for us to continue to be bold and chart a course for Contra Costa that connects our communities, fosters a strong economy, and increases sustainability.
I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the Authority as your new Chair and look forward to working with you — our partners and fellow Contra Costa residents — as we keep Contra Costa moving into the 21st century.
Julie Pierce, CCTA Chair


We Heard You, Contra Costa!

Every five years, CCTA evaluates and updates our Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), which serves as a 30-year blueprint for our county’s transportation future. Between August and November 2014, we conducted a robust public engagement campaign to get input from residents through varied public opportunities including our "Keep Contra Costa Moving" online engagement tool, workshops, and more.
Residents contributed their ideas about what goals and priorities they think should shape our shared transportation future. 

Thank you to the thousands of residents who gave their feedback and took the time to summit their ideas. View a snapshot of what we heard and who we reached in the our summary report here


A SMARTer Corridor For I-80 Commuters 

This past August, Caltrans began installing overhead sign frames along westbound I-80 between the Carquinez and Bay Bridges. The new signs are part of the I-80 SMART Corridor Project  a 20-mile-long network of variable message, lane-use and advisory speed signs and other elements designed to enhance motorist safety, improve travel time reliability and reduce accidents and associated traffic congestion along one of our busiest corridors in the Bay Area.

When the SMART corridor is in action, if there is an incident, motorists using westbound I-80 will see overhead electronic signs that will direct them to slow down or change lanes well ahead of time, in addition to other critical information. The San Pablo Avenue corridor and some local roads are also part of this project, and transit will be supported through signal priority along San Pablo Avenue and ramp-meter-bypass lanes on some ramps. For motorists who exit the interstate, to avoid congestion caused by an incident, signs on San Pablo Avenue will notify them when they have passed the incident and should re-enter.

The I-80 SMART Corridor Project is the most sophisticated high-tech network of its kind in California. The project was developed through a partnership between CCTA, Caltrans, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, in collaboration with transit agencies and nine municipalities along the corridor. We are pleased to announce that its activation is anticipated for mid-2015. 

Learn more about the SMART corridor by visiting the project website

Redefining Mobility Summit — Register Today!

Surface transportation, as we know it today, is expected to dramatically change with the introduction of automated vehicle technology.

Join CCTA and industry leaders in Concord on March 31st for the Redefining Mobility Summit. Attendees will get a first look at the groundbreaking program that's launching right here in Contra Costa with GoMentum Station.

Register online today at
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