Participate online: Aug 13 - Sept 27, 2021
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
TRANSIT RIDERSHIP POTENTIAL
How many new riders are expected to use the planned transit service?
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?
EMISSIONS REDUCTION POTENTIAL
What is the potential reduction in vehicle miles travelled, carbon dioxide and other vehicle emissions?
QUALITY OF ACCESS
Where do commuters from Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood live? Are the stations accessible to them?
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?
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?
COMPATIBILITY WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL PLANNING
How does proposed station area and SR-4 improvements align with existing plans?
How flexible is the alternative to respond to potential future demands for high capacity transit connections in East County?
TIME TO IMPLEMENT
How long will it take to build?
DEDICATED TRANSIT RIGHT-OF-WAY
How much of the transit service will operate within space (lanes) designated for transit-only use?
COMMUNITY PREFERRED SOLUTION
Based on community and stakeholder feedback, which alternative is most popular? Which alternative is least popular?
FUTURE RAIL EXTENSION
Is the alternative compatible with BART median guideway design criteria?
What is the cost (per new rider) of building, operating and maintaining the transit infrastructure?
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.
Discovery and Research
1 Engagement and Feedback
2 Engagement and Feedback
3 Engagement and Feedback
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.