The West County High-Capacity Transit Study is evaluating options for major transit investments in key corridors based on where people want to go now and are expected to go in the future. The Study is focused on rapid and direct services that can attract new riders among the 250,000 residents of West County and can be a competitive alternative to driving. It will identify one or more projects to improve high-capacity transit in West County, expand alternatives to driving on congested streets and highways, and improve regional air quality and quality of life.

Why is WCCTAC Conducting 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.

Study map below:
West County Transit Study map

Your Comments Count

WCCTAC wants your input so your priorities are reflected in the transit options that move forward for further consideration. There will be several opportunities to provide input.

Community Workshops: There will be two rounds of community workshops to learn about the public’s travel preferences and obtain input. There will be three workshops per round, with the same information provided at each.

The first round of community workshops was held in April in the cities of Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo. A presentation detailed the options for relieving congestion on crowded commutes and provide fresh insights on where the majority of cars in West County are traveling to and from.

A second round of workshops is planned for the fall after the options have been refined. More details will be announced when the second round of workshops is scheduled.

Online Survey: An online survey will be posted to this website in advance of each workshop round to allow those who can’t make it to the in-person meetings to provide input. The survey content will be similar to what is presented at the public workshops.

West County Telephone Town Hall Call-In Event: On Thursday, November 12, 2015, WCCTAC and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) held a joint Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Study and concurrent planning efforts and answer callers’ questions about about West County transportation. You can listen to the recording of the Telephone Town Hall on CCTA’s website.

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Contact the Study Team

Project Documents

Workshop materials and other project documents, including presentations, will be made available for download here. The workshop presentations will be posted following the workshops.
Study Process
Study Team Organization

Technical Memos
Technical memoranda (technical memos) are written on a variety of topics corresponding to the Study Process and are the forum where the Study’s analyses are presented in detail. The following draft technical memos are available for review:

Technical Memorandum #2: Goals and Objectives
Technical Memorandum #3: Strategic Communications and Outreach Plan
Technical Memorandum #4: Summary and Evaluation of Prior Studies
Technical Memorandum #5: Existing and Planned Transportation Network
Technical Memorandum #6: Existing and Future Land Use Conditions
Technical Memorandum #7: Travel Markets
Technical Memorandum #8: Preliminary Alternatives
Technical Memorandum #9: Evaluation Criteria
Technical Memorandum #10: Preliminary Evaluation and Screening
Technical Memorandum #11: Alternatives Refinement
April 2016 Public Outreach Summary Report
April 2016 Public Outreach Summary Report Appendix

Past Presentations
May 2016 WCCTAC Board Meeting
April 2016 Community Workshops Presentation
February 26, 2016, Update to WCCTAC Board
January 22, 2016, Update to WCCTAC Board
September 25, 2015, Update to WCCTAC Board