Participate online: Nov 5, 2021 – Jan 14, 2022
Through the study, we worked to identify solutions for improving transit service between Brentwood and Antioch. This has been a two-year study funded through a Caltrans grant.
Understanding our core goals
We want to provide seamless travel options for our residents, commuters and visitors – people like you. We are developing solutions that are sustainable, smart, user-friendly, and efficient.
Improve rider experience
Communicate the benefits of transit
Respond to equitable access needs
Support economic development
Allow for future, innovative transit options
Improve air quality
We gathered community feedback through two online open houses that ran from October 13, 2020 to February 15, 2021 and August 13 – September 27, 2021 that included a total of three surveys. Combined, the two online open houses — which were available in 108 languages via Google Translate — collected responses from 325 people.
The survey in the first online open house was focused on understanding mobility needs and alignment with the study goals and framework. The second online open house was focused on understanding community preferences through one survey about the study alternatives and another about the importance of factors for decision making.
We also gathered community, stakeholder, and technical feedback from the study Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Committee about our strategies for engagement, online open houses, community-based organization communication, and social media sharing.
The online open house surveys asked respondents about the factors influencing their use of public transit, their level of satisfaction as transit riders, their support of draft alternatives developed for the study, and their overall comments.
People want to drive less
As people considered their ideal travel options for the future, responses showed increased interest in taking the train, walking, jogging, or running with or without assistance, using a bike or scooter, using a personal motorcycle, moped or scooter, taking a private bus or shuttle, vanpooling, using a carshare service, or using Paratransit. Responses showed a noticeable decrease in interest in driving alone and using Uber, Lyft, or app-based ridesharing services as a single passenger.
Rail, travel time savings, and transfers are most important
Compatability with a potential future rail extension, travel time savings, and the number and ease of transfers were deemed very important by over 80% of participants.
High support for all transit alternatives
All six proposed alternatives received high levels of support – each alternative was supported by at least 50% of participants in the Round 2 online open house. Alternatives 2 through 6 were supported by 50-53.1% of participatns.
- Alternative 1, which would extend BART commuter rail service in the State Route 4 (SR-4) median from the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood Station to the existing Antioch Station, had the highest level of support at 83%.
- Alternative 6, a rapid bus on Slatten Ranch Road from the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood Station to the existing Antioch Station, had the second highest level of support at 53.1%.
- Alternative 3, a dedicated bus rapid transit in the SR-4 median from the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood Station to the existing Pittsburg / Bay Point Station, had the third highest level of support at 52.9%.
The word cloud above presents the results of the comment forms on the surveys. Common responses included passenger preferences about safety, prices, seamless transfers, access to retail, housing, and micro mobility options, and amenities; connections to specific places; preferences for BART and rail due to perception of faster and cheaper service; and connections between different transit providers.
The next step is to review recommendations from the detailed evaluation results, and approve the locally preferred alternative, which follows the process shown below.
Following selection, the study will begin conceptual design of the locally preferred alternative to refine the assumptions and identify critical details for further study. This will all be summarized in the final study report, which will be completed by the end of February 2022 and shared on CCTA’s website.
What happens after the study is done?
CCTA, in collaboration with East County public agencies, will begin the process of identifying and securing funding for the preferred project.
The Round 1 online open house ran from October 13, 2020 – February 15, 2021. We used this input to guide the engagement for Round 2. Nearly 90% of Round 1 respondents indicated they live in East County. View and/or print the Round 1 online open house archive PDF here.
We learned the following from East County residents like you.
This feedback was used to influence elements of the alternatives, such as onboard transit and station amenities, and transfers. Check out the Round 1 engagement Summary here for more details.
During the Round 2 engagement, we hosted an online open house to survey East County communities about the alternatives and evaluation criteria. Participants were able to indicate their level of support for each proposed alternative. This feedback influenced the scores for the Community Support metric. Participants’ input regarding the importance of each evaluation criterion/metric determined how strongly each criterion factored into the evaluation of alternatives. View and/or print the round 2 engagement summary PDF here and the round 2 online open house archive PDF here.
In the graphic below, the study alternatives are listed with a thumbs up, down, or up and down to indicate mixed ratings against the study goals, which are listed as the bold column headers. This performance is determined by the technical team through modeling and weighted based on feedback from the community, stakeholder, governmental, and teering / technical advisory committee members (as described above).
Alternative 1: BART in Median from Brentwood to Antioch, is listed first since it leads not only in community preference (as shown above), but also in terms of performance against the goals of the study and from a technical perspective (below).