Welcome to the East County Integrated Transit Study round 2 online open house!

We’re working to improve transit in East County

Through the study, we hope to identify solutions for improving transit service between Brentwood and Antioch. This study is expected to take two years and is funded through a Caltrans grant.

Map of study area in Antioch Brentwood & Oakley including state route 4 park & rides existing & proposed transit stations bus routes & Tri Delta Transit service area
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Study mission

Understanding our core goals

We want to provide as seamless as possible travel options for our residents, commuters and visitors – people like you. We want to come up with solutions that are sustainable, smart, user-friendly, and efficient.

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Study goals

4 people using a wheelchair a bike & walking at transit station talking about time, modes, transfers & parking

Improve rider experience 


2 people talking about the benefits of transit represented by images of an electric bus, flowers, & crosswalk

Communicate the benefits of transit


A transit station with diverse communities, including wheelchair guide dog & bike users, many ages ancestry & genders

Respond to equitable access needs


A transit station with more and more people popping up, walking, rolling, working, shopping & living near the station

Support economic development


A transit connection map with Antioch eBART station future transit employment housing electric buses trains & people

Allow for future, innovative transit options


Benefits of active & public transit instead of only driving, such as air quality improvement, next to image of traffic & smog

Improve air quality

Draft alternatives

The draft alternatives are combinations of:

  • The type of transit (mode): bus rapid transit, commuter rail, or heavy rail*
  • The path/route: operating in the State Route 4 (SR-4) median, SR-4 auto lanes, or on local streets
  • Station access/connectivity: how transit will access the Antioch and future Innovation Center @ Brentwood stations

We assembled a set of six high capacity transit alternatives/options to compare the relative benefits and impacts between them to help us select a preferred option to consider for near-term implementation. We used a set of five fatal flaw factors to screen potential combinations of type of transit, route, and station access in the alternatives below. Fatal flaw factors considered in this study are:

  • Constructability, or how easy it is to build
  • Safety and security
  • How compatible it is with existing systems and operations
  • How cost effective it is
  • Potential conflicts with regulations of agencies that have jurisdiction

Check out each alternative below to learn more about them. Please also make sure to share your feedback about each one. These questions will only take about 10 to 15 minutes of your time to respond to as you read through.

*See definitions in the section below.

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bus rapid transit image
heavy rail train

Which alternatives do you support?

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Alternative 1: BART in Median from Brentwood to Antioch

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.

 
Do you support Alternative 1?
YesNoSomewhat

bus rapid transit

Alternative 2: Bus Rapid Transit in Median from the Future Innovation Center @ Brentwood to Antioch

Build new bus-only lanes in the State Route 4 (SR-4) median from the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood Station to the existing Antioch Station.

 
Do you support Alternative 2?
YesNoSomewhat

bus rapid transit

Alternative 3: Bus Rapid Transit from the Future Innovation Center @ Brentwood to Pittsburg / Bay Point

Build new bus-only lanes in the State Route 4 (SR-4) median from Brentwood through the State Route 160 (SR-160) interchange to support service that runs to the existing BART Pittsburg / Bay Point Station.

 
Do you support Alternative 3?
YesNoSomewhat

bus rapid transit

Alternative 4: Express Bus from the Future Innovation Center @ Brentwood to Antioch

Provide express bus service in existing State Route 4 (SR-4) travel lanes between the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood and the existing BART Antioch Station.

 
Do you support Alternative 4?
YesNoSomewhat

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Alternative 5: Express Bus from the Future Innovation Center @ Brentwood to Pittsburg / Bay Point

Provide express bus service in existing State Route 4 (SR-4) travel lanes between the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood and the existing Pittsburg / Bay Point Station.

 
Do you support Alternative 5?
YesNoSomewhat

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Alternative 6: Rapid Bus on Local Streets from the Future Innovation Center @ Brentwood to Antioch

Provide rapid bus service using existing and new local street network between the future Innovation Center @ Brentwood Station and the existing Antioch Station.

 
Do you support Alternative 6?
YesNoSomewhat

Evaluating the alternatives

Evaluation criteria

The East County Integrated Transit Study team has established six core goals for this project as described above. Each goal has individual evaluation criteria that, if achieved, help us accomplish our goals. Now that we have six possible alternatives for consideration, our next step is to use our 14 evaluation criteria to see which alternatives help us get closer to achieving our core goals. The next phase will compare relative benefits and tradeoffs between the alternatives using these considerations. Detailed design options will be refined and screened following evaluation.

The 14 evaluation criteria below are grouped by their associated study goals. Please share your thoughts on the importance of each of the evaluation criteria to you. These questions will only take about 15 to 20 minutes of your time to respond to as you read through.

View and or print the Evaluation Criteria PDF.

How important is each evaluation criteria to you?

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Evaluation criteria

time icon Travel time savings 

What is the time spent traveling by car compared to the time spent traveling by transit from East County to various Bay Area destinations?

How important is the “travel time savings” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

transfers icon Transfers  

How many transfers would be needed to take transit from East County to various Bay Area destinations and how easy is it to make these connections?

How important is the “transfers” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

Evaluation criteria

house transit icon Quality of access  

Where do commuters from Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood live? Are the stations accessible to them?

How important is the “quality of access” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

costs icon  Transportation costs

What is the cost of driving and parking compared to the cost of taking transit, which includes the price of the transit pass/ticket, and costs associated with traveling by bike, car, or micromobility to transit station?

How important is the "transportation costs" measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

Evaluation criteria

ridership increase icon Transit ridership potential

How many new riders are expected to use the planned transit service?

How important is the “transit ridership potential” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

capacity icon Capacity on roadway

How many people could be moved through the State Route 4 (SR-4) corridor (in East County) with the proposed transit alternatives?

How important is the "capacity on roadway" measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

emissions icon Emissions reduction potential

What is the potential reduction in vehicle miles travelled, carbon dioxide and other vehicle emissions?

How important is the "emissions reduction potential" measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

Evaluation criteria

compatability icon Compatibility with local and regional planning

How does proposed station area and SR-4 improvements align with existing plans?

How important is the “compatibility with local and regional planning” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

flex icon Flexible Service

How flexible is the alternative to respond to potential future demands for high capacity transit connections in East County?

How important is the “flexible service” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

Evaluation criteria

right of way icon Dedicated transit right-of-way

How much of the transit service will operate within space (lanes) designated for transit-only use?

How important is the “dedicated transit right-of-way” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

futurerail icon Future rail extension

Is the alternative compatible with BART median guideway design criteria?

How important is the “future rail extension” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

implement icon Time to implement

How long will it take to build?

How important is the “time to implement” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

Evaluation criteria

community icon Community preferred solution

Based on community and stakeholder feedback, which alternative is most popular? Which alternative is least popular?

How important is the “community preferred solution” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

costeffect icon Cost effectiveness

What is the cost (per new rider) of building, operating, and maintaining the transit infrastructure?

How important is the “cost effectiveness” measurement to you?
VerySomewhatNot at all

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Milestones and Who’s Involved

Where we’re going

We started with a careful inventory of things like bus routes, BART connections and schedules, and facilities for people walking/rolling and biking. Now we are identifying gaps in service that we hope to fill. We will identify potential solutions based on those gaps and our desire to provide you with seamless and easy travel in East County.

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Study Milestones

2020

Summer

Discovery and Research

Fall

Open
House

Winter

Draft Alternatives

Revised Alternatives

2021

Spring

Summer

Alternative Analysis

Open
House

Fall

Winter

Draft Study

2022

Spring

Open
House

Final Study

Round 1

What we’ve heard so far…

We have been busy the past few months reviewing feedback received during the Round 1 participate.online online open house, which ran from October 13, 2020 – February 15, 2021. We’re using this input to guide Round 2 of engagement. Nearly 90% of respondents indicated they live in East County. Visit the Round 1 website

We learned the following from East County residents like you about:

This feedback was used to influence elements of the alternatives, such as onboard transit and station amenities, and connectivity treatments. Check out the Round 1 Engagement Summary here for more details.

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