Countywide Transportation Plan

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The Draft 2020 Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan (Draft 2020 CTP) is ready for public review and feedback! We appreciate your time during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic to learn more about transportation planning in Alameda County and help us finalize the plan. Explore this website to learn more about the Draft 2020 CTP and its draft recommendations for transportation priorities in Alameda County. Alameda CTC will use responses we receive from the survey and other engagement activity planned through September to revise these recommendations in the Final 2020 CTP, which is slated for adoption by the Commission by the end of 2020.

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What is the CTP?
The Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP) establishes near-term priorities and guides the long-term decision-making of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), with a vision for the county’s complex transportation system to encourage vibrant and livable communities. The CTP is updated every four years and serves as a key input into the Region’s transportation plan, Plan Bay Area. The current update to the CTP is called the Draft 2020 CTP and it includes transportation needs out to the year 2050.

2020 CTP Vision and Goals
The CTP Vision and Goals were adopted by the Alameda CTC in fall 2019. These will guide Alameda CTC’s work as we implement the recommendations in the 2020 CTP.

The vision is:

2020 CTP Vision Statement: Alameda County residents, businesses and visitors will be served by a premier transportation system that supports a vibrant and livable Alameda County through a connected and integrated multimodal transportation system promoting sustainability,access, transit operations, public health and economic opportunities.

The goals for the transportation system in Alameda County are:


Draft Core Recommendations
The Draft 2020 CTP represents the culmination of nearly two years of an iterative planning process involving community outreach, partner agency engagement, and technical analysis. Although the CTP is a long-range plan, the core recommendations of the plan include transportation projects and programs to advance in the next 10 years and a set of strategies with actions that help implement the vision and goals. The core recommendations will guide Alameda CTC decision-making in the coming years:

  • 10-Year Priority Projects and Programs. A set of projects and programs that will address current transportation needs throughout Alameda County and work towards the countywide vision and goals. This list also includes programs that represent long-standing agency commitments.
  • Strategies and Near-Term Actions. A set of strategies based on guiding principles, industry best practices, and an analysis of gaps in the project list that will complement the 10-Year Priority Projects and Programs. These can inform funding, advocacy, policy, planning, technical assistance, and project implementation. Near-Term Actions have been identified to implement strategies over the next four years, until the next update of the CTP.

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Plan Development and Public Outreach
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Transportation needs for all users of the Alameda County system have been identified through previous planning efforts, new analysis, partner agency engagement, and community outreach. The identification of these needs occurred prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, which have affected the health, economy, and travel patterns of Alameda County. Although long-term impacts are uncertain, the transportation needs developed pre-pandemic are likely to continue to be broadly relevant when the county emerges from the pandemic. These needs are documented within two efforts: (1) the Needs Assessment Report and (2) the Community-Based Transportation Plan.

Identified needs countywide

The Needs Assessment documents countywide and local transportation needs for public transportation, walking, biking, driving, and goods movement. This assessment pulls together findings from a variety of reports and plans completed by the Alameda CTC over the last few years.

The following countywide needs serve as the foundation for the Projects and Strategies draft recommendations described in the next tab. The most critical countywide transportation needs are relevant to all communities in Alameda County, including:

Assessment of critical needs.

Draft Needs Assessment Chapters (uploaded September 2020)

Needs Summaries by Planning Area
Alameda County has been broken up into four areas for planning purposes. Alameda CTC refers to these as Planning Areas. The findings of the Needs Assessment for each Planning Area are summarized within individual documents. These documents can be found below.

Needs Assessment Reference Documents
The Needs Assessment pulls together a variety of reports and plans conducted by the agency over the last few years. For more information and detail on specific transportation modes, please see the following resources on the Alameda CTC website:

The Community-Based Transportation Plan (CBTP) identifies transportation needs and concerns in the county’s low-income and minority communities through analysis and a strong emphasis on community engagement. The CBTP program was launched in 2002 by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). MTC subsequently identified Communities of Concern throughout the region, which are communities that have a high concentration of both minority and low-income households or that have a high concentration of other factors including people with disabilities, seniors, and/or cost-burdened renters.

Alameda CTC conducted a countywide update to the CBTP as a key input to the Draft 2020 CTP. The 2020 update to the CBTP relied on direct engagement in low-income and minority communities, analysis of baseline conditions, and detailed review of recent local planning and engagement efforts. In fall 2019 and early winter 2019/2020, over 400 surveys were collected within CBTP study areas. In addition, an online survey was administered in May 2019 that was designed to be representative of Alameda County’s diverse population across planning areas, and included a significant sample from people in MTC’s designated Communities of Concern.

Key needs identified through CBTP engagement and analysis for the 2020 update include: CBTP Needs

Draft findings from the CBTP are included in a staff report and presentation from May 2020:

Detail on needs for each area of the County's CBTP study areas:

Draft recommendations for the CBTP can be found here:

The Draft 2020 CTP’s core recommendations are (1) a prioritized set of projects and programs for the next 10 years and (2) a complementary set of strategies to guide Alameda CTC actions. These recommendations are currently in draft form. Alameda CTC will use responses we receive from the survey and other engagement activity planned through September to revise these recommendations in the final plan, which is slated for adoption later this year.

Cities, the County, and transit agencies submitted projects in the fall of 2019 for inclusion in the 2020 CTP. Through collaboration and discussions with local agencies and elected officials on local priorities and a screening of how well projects address countywide transportation goals and needs, Alameda CTC developed a draft list of projects for implementation over the next ten years.

The 10-Year Priority Projects and Programs List includes improvements in all parts of the county, comprising 91 projects and 5 programs. Of the 91 projects in the 10-Year List, 60 (66%) address needs identified in the CBTP and 70 (77%) of the projects are located in Priority Development Areas. For a detailed list of the draft 10-Year Priority Projects and Programs, see here.

Overall, the Draft 10-Year Priority Projects will accomplish the following:

10-year priority list

In addition to the prioritizing projects on the 10-year list, the Draft 2020 CTP also reinforces long-standing agency commitments to the following key programs:

Alameda CTC is sponsoring many of the projects that are included in the priority set of projects. For more information on the projects that are currently being advanced through the Measure BB sales tax, please visit this page on the Alameda CTC Capital Projects.

The Draft 2020 CTP also includes a list of fully funded projects as well as long-term projects that would be implemented over the full plan timeframe of 30 years. For a list of the committed and long-term projects in the draft 2020 CTP, see here.
To complement the Draft 10-Year Priority Projects and Programs and help move the county towards the CTP vision and goals, Alameda CTC has identified a series of Draft Strategies. Strategies reflect guiding principles, industry best practices, and a gaps analysis of areas that aren’t fully covered by projects. They also advance equity by addressing needs identified in the CBTP and can inform funding, advocacy, policy, technical assistance, and project implementation.

Advancing equity is a core goal of the CTP and a cross-cutting concern for all strategies. Strategies that advance equity by addressing needs identified in the CBTP are indicated by (**).

The strategies planned for inclusion in the CTP fall into one of five categories. Click the Plus button to see more detail for each category.

  1. ** Improve Safety on the High-Injury Network, with an eye towards community disparities.
  2. ** Support Context-Appropriate Speed Limit Setting and Automated Speed Enforcement Policies.
  3. Modernize Interchanges for Safer Multimodal Travel, including addressing pedestrian experience at underpasses.
  4. ** Enhance Safety at At-Grade Rail Crossings
  1. ** Improve Bus Service Frequency, Reliability, Quality and Travel Time.
  2. ** Manage the Curb to Balance Needs of Multiple Users.
  3. ** Build the Low-Stress Walking and Biking Network, including low-stress facilities on arterials and/or alternative routes.
  4. ** Plan and Deliver Urban Greenways and Trails.
  5. Coordinate with Caltrans for Faster Project Advancement and Innovation.
  6. Support Modern Traffic Signals that Operate Seamlessly Across Jurisdictions and Deliver Robust Transit Signal Priority.
  7. Address Navigation Apps Directing Regional Travelers to Local Streets.
  8. Support Placemaking and Economic Development Through Street Design.
  9. ** Manage Truck Parking and Congestion.
  1. Enhance Interregional Rail Service.
  2. ** Provide Seamless Transit Connections.
  3. Create a Continuous Managed Lane Network.
  4. Provide Express Bus Service and Bus Prioritization on Freeways and Approaches.
  5. ** Improve Priority Freight Routes and Shift More Freight to Rail.
  6. Proactively Plan for and Support Climate Resiliency Efforts.
  1. Incentivize Non-Single Occupant Vehicle Use and efforts to reduce vehicle miles traveled.
  2. ** Improve Fare Integration and Explore Affordable Fare Options.
  3. ** Expand First/Last-Mile Options and Improve Access to Major Transit Hubs.
  4. Explore Innovative, Agile Solutions to Supplement Transit, e.g. in low density settings or to serve older adults; consider potential impacts of innovative strategies.
  5. Support necessary transit O&M facilities
  1. ** Support advancing an Electrified Future for all modes, including Infrastructure for Near-Zero/Zero-Emission Truck Technology.
  2. Plan for an Automated Future (incl. addressing workforce issues, congestion impacts and vehicle miles traveled).
  3. Advance New Mobility Strategy

For each Strategy category, a series of Near-Term Actions have been developed that identify specific steps Alameda CTC can take to implement the strategies over the next four years. A list of the near-term actions can be found in Table 1 of this memo from July 2020.
There are currently two ways to participate in the CTP process. Public input is critical to ensuring that the needs and priorities of all Alameda County communities are addressed and represented in the 2020 CTP:

  • Take the Survey! Please take this 5-minute survey to provide feedback about what kinds of improvements you would like to see in your community and help Alameda CTC prioritize transportation investments over the next decade.
  • Provide General Comments: Please fill out this comment card if you have general comments on the Draft 2020 CTP.
Alameda CTC Committee and Commission Meeting Materials
Below are key presentations and memoranda prepared as part of the Draft 2020 CTP process. Materials were presented to the Alameda CTC Planning, Policy, and Legislation Committee (PPLC); Multimodal Committee (MMC) and Projects and Programs Committee (PPC).

Initial COVID-19 Response Planning and Actions

Opportunities to provide learn more about regional issues related to the Draft 2020 CTP:

Prior Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan