Community-Based Transportation Plans

Planning for a Diverse Alameda County

Alameda County is one of the most diverse counties in California and is home to many individuals for whom it may be difficult to navigate the transportation system due to language barriers, economic hardship, mobility challenges or age.

  • Nearly 20 percent of the county’s population has limited proficiency in English.
  • More than a third of the county’s households earn less than $50,000 per year.
  • Alameda County has a rapidly increasing population of elderly individuals.

The richness of this diversity and the benefits it brings to our communities underscores the need for equitable, accessible and affordable transportation options. Alameda CTC has several planning efforts and programs specifically targeted at improving transportation options for disadvantaged populations. Planning efforts are described below. Programs include the Affordable Student Transit Pass Pilot Program, Safe Routes to Schools and Transportation for Seniors and People with Disabilities.

Between 2004 and 2009, Alameda CTC worked closely with communities in Alameda County to complete six Community-Based Transportation Plans. The plans identify transportation gaps, transportation solutions and potential fund sources to address the gaps in the following underserved communities.

The 2016 Countywide Transportation Plan included an equity analysis (Chapter 7) which identified communities that are disproportionately impacted by poor transportation conditions. It built on the Community-based Transportation Plans described below to identify where transportation gaps exist and where targeted investments can provide additional community-based transportation solutions.

Alameda County Unincorporated Communities

City of Alameda

City of Berkeley

City of Oakland

The plans were funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as part of a regionwide effort to build on its findings from the Lifeline Transportation Study (2001) and the Environmental Justice Report (2001), which identify low-income areas throughout the Bay Area in which there were gaps in provision of transportation services and a need to provide support to local planning efforts.

Equity Analysis

The 2016 Countywide Transportation Plan included an equity analysis (Chapter 7) which identified communities that are disproportionately impacted by poor transportation conditions. It built on the Community-based Transportation Plans described below to identify where transportation gaps exist and where targeted investments can provide additional community-based transportation solutions