Countywide Transit Plan

Alameda County is one of California’s and the nation’s most transit-rich environments. Currently, about one in seven Alameda County workers commute to work by transit. People also rely on transit to get to school, medical appointments and other important destinations, and many residents rely on public transit for all their needs. There are numerous types of transit service that operate within and through Alameda County, including:

  • Buses and express bus service
  • BART
  • Commuter rail
  • Ferries
  • Paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Shuttles

Public transit provides alternatives to automobiles, promotes social equity, reduces greenhouse gases and supports sustainable community development. Short- and long-range planning can address transit connections, improve connectivity between transit modes and operators, and reduce transit travel times and improve access, particularly for low-income communities. Integrating transit and land use planning can provide better access to jobs and other destinations and increase economic growth.

In 2016, Alameda CTC developed a Countywide Transit Plan in close coordination with local transit providers and local jurisdictions to better align transit, land use and economic development goals and objectives throughout the county. The plan identifies near- and long-term transit capital and operating priorities aimed to creating a transit system that is dependable, easy to use, safe, affordable and competitive with travel by other modes. The plan addresses American’s with Disabilities Act paratransit, potential for public and private shuttles in the transit network, and solicited input from private industry groups, community groups and the public.

Integrated Countywide and Regional Approach

By developing consensus on a vision and funding priorities for future transit service in Alameda County, the Countywide Transit Plan enables Alameda CTC, local jurisdictions and transit operators to attract additional resources to improve local, regional and inter-regional transit serving Alameda County.

The Countywide Transit Plan builds on recent transit planning efforts led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as part of the Transit Sustainability Project. Alameda CTC closely coordinated plan development with the 2016 Countywide Transportation Plan update as well as development of the Goods Movement Plan and Multimodal Arterial Corridor Plan.

Countywide Transit Plan

The draft Countywide Transit Plan was approved by Alameda CTC in May 2016, and the final Countywide Transit Plan was adopted in June 2016.