Caltrans has set a target to triple bicycling by 2020, but in order to make that happen, they need your help!
The Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan, which is currently being created, will guide California’s decision makers in developing bicycle projects and programs. With over 2200 miles of road under their management, Caltrans is relying on local feedback to let them know what residents feel is and isn’t working and what improvements they’d like to see.
Completing the Bike Plan survey will assist Caltrans with their mission to build bicycle facilities that are safe, comfortable and convenient. These expanded and upgraded facilities will:
Improve public health and promote active lifestyles
Create connections that allow people to bike to work, school, or transit, and
Reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions
Caltrans want to hear from as many residents as possible, so please take the survey and help spread the word! For more information on the District 4 Bicycle Plan, visit the project website.
This weekend, Interstate 80 will be closed in both directions between San Pablo Ave and San Pablo Dam Rd for construction work. The closure will start 11pm Saturday, August 20th and end 7am Sunday, August 21st. Temporary detours will be in effect.
For more information, visit: ccta.net/sanpablodamroad
Overnight on Saturday, June 18, I-80 will be closed in both directions in the Richmond/San Pablo area for construction on the San Pablo Dam Road Interchange. The closure will be between San Pablo Ave and San Pablo Dam Rd and be in effect from 11pm Saturday, June 18 to 7am Sunday, June 19. Temporary detours will be in effect.
For more details on the closure, please visit the San Pablo Dam Road Interchange information page.
A redesign for the I-80/San Pablo Dam Road interchange is in the works! The project will add roadway capacity, create a safer crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improve the I-80 ramps at El Portal Drive and McBryde Avenue.
The project is a collaboration between the Contra Costa Transportation Authority & City of San Pablo. For more information, click here or watch the video below.
Is getting around West County getting harder? Is traffic on I-80 at every hour of the day getting you down? If you’re interested in providing input to the design of public transportation that works for you, join staff and other citizens at a community workshop to help shape the future of transit in West County.
The West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) is hosting a series of community workshops and an online survey to develop realistic public transportation alternatives to driving and commuting on congested roadways. Do you live in Richmond and want an express bus to see your family in Oakland? Do you live in Hercules and want BART to get you into San Francisco on workdays? These are just some of the options being considered, but policy makers need your input to decide which options will move the region one step closer to reality.
If you live, work, or travel anywhere in West County and are interested in expanding your transportation options, WCCTAC wants to hear from you! Attend the workshop closest to you or the one that works best for your schedule (the same information will be provided at each workshop). Attendees will have a chance to win pre-loaded Clipper Cards from 511 Contra Costa! West County Community Workshops: Tuesday, April 12
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
San Pablo City Council Chambers
13831 San Pablo Avenue, San Pablo
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6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pinole City Council Chambers
2131 Pear Street, Pinole
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6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
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If you can’t make it to one of the workshops, your option can still be heard. One week before the April meetings, WCCTAC will post a brief survey to learn more about your preferred travel methods and favorite destinations at WestCountyTransitStudy.com. Using your the public’s, WCCTAC will determine which transit options will make it to the next stage. A second round of workshops will be held in the fall to see what the public thinks about the options that were advanced.
Caltrans is starting work on its 2018 Rail Plan, which will provide a framework for California’s rail network for the next 20 years. The planning process is designed to allow early stakeholder and public input – providing information through meetings and webinars and soliciting feedback via workshops, surveys, emails and online comments.
If you’d like to help shape the Rail plan, you can sign up to the email list, leave a comment on the Comments Page, or send an email to RailPlan@dot.ca.gov. For more ways to participate, visit Caltrans’ Get Involved page.
If you’d like additional information, visit the 2018 California Rail Plan website.
On May 4, a closure and detour will go into effect for the southbound I-680 Marina Vista/Waterfront Rd off-ramp in Martinez. The closure will remain in effect until October 2015. Between April and October, a seismic retrofit will be performed on the Mococo Overhead Bridge and the I-680 off-ramp will be replaced.
During the closure, southbound I-680 traffic will detour to the Arthur Road interchange, exit and cross under the freeway, return to northbound I-680, and exit at Marina Vista/Waterfront Road. Marina Vista and Waterfront Road will remain open during the extended ramp closure.
Please allow extra travel time when driving through this area and make sure to Slow for the Cone Zone. For more information about the project, visit the Caltrans Mococo Overhead Bridge Project webpage. NOTE: Post edited to reflect postponement of closure to Monday, May 4.
Caltrans has scheduled lane closures along eastbound State Route 24, between Acalanes Road and Oak Hill Road, from Sunday April 19 at 9pm to Monday, April 20 at 8am. This work is in preparation for a slope stability project in that area.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and allow extra time for their commute. Please drive with caution through the construction zone.
For more information about the slope stability construction project, please visit the project webpage.
Caltrans District 4 has scheduled the following lane and ramp closures for the Interstate 680 Mococo Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation Project: On-Ramp Closures
The Marina Vista on-ramp to southbound I-680 will be closed:
Thursday night, March 26, from 6pm-6am
6pm Friday night, March 27 until 12pm Saturday, March 28
Lane/Shoulder Closures at the Marina Vista/Waterfront Road Interchange:
One northbound lane will be closed from 8pm Friday, March 27 to 5am Monday, March 30
The left shoulder of southbound I-680 will be closed from 8pm Friday, March 27 through 5am Monday, March 30
Upcoming Closure of Southbound I-680 Off-Ramp to Marina Vista/Waterfront Road
In late April 2015 Caltrans will close the southbound off-ramp from I-680 to Marina Vista/Waterfront Road. The closure will remain in effect for about five months while the contractor removes the old off-ramp structure and builds a new structure.
Detour: During this closure, southbound I-680 traffic will detour to the Arthur Road interchange, exit and cross under the freeway, return to northbound I-680, and exit at Marina Vista/Waterfront Road
Marina Vista and Waterfront Road will remain open during the extended ramp closure
Please drive cautiously through the construction zone, follow the directions of flaggers, leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, and Slow for the Cone Zone. The California Highway Patrol will be on site during these closures.
For more information about the project visit the Caltrans I-680 Mococo Bridge Rehabilitation Project page.
Caltrans is reminding motorists that one-way traffic controls will be in effect on the Highway 160 Antioch Bridge as crews perform routine inspections of the span this week and next week. Crews will alternate lane closures in both northbound and southbound directions, with flaggers and a pilot car helping direct traffic. The work is slated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on four consecutive weekdays – Monday through Thursday of this week and March 16 to 19 next week. This will allow one traffic lane on the bridge to remain open during the inspections. Motorists should expect delays and allow for extra travel time. Work is dependent on the weather. Vessels will pass normally beneath the bridge on the San Joaquin River.
The California Department of Transportation and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority are constructing two new connector ramps, one connecting westbound State Route 4 (SR-4) to northbound SR-160, and one connecting southbound State Route 160 (SR-160) to eastbound SR-4 in Contra Costa County.
Part of this construction work entails adjustment of temporary bridge supports that span over SR-4. In order to ensure crew and public safety during this work, the contractor will close all lanes of SR-4 in the eastbound and westbound directions between the SR-4/SR-160 connector ramp and Laurel Road.
These closures are scheduled to take place on the evenings of February 25, 26, and 27th from 11:59pm to 5:00 am. The detour for this work will be as follows:
Eastbound motorist will be directed off the highway at the SR-160 off-ramp and redirected to return to eastbound SR-4 via the Laurel Road on-ramp.
Westbound motorist will be directed off the highway at Laurel Road on-ramp and redirected to westbound SR-4 via the entrance of southbound SR-160.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and allow extra time for their commute. Please drive with caution through the detours and leave safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
8/6/14 – CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY –Nighttime Closures on Westbound I-80 to Begin in Early August – Plan for Detours
Caltrans will soon install the first in a series of eleven approximately 25-foot-high overhead sign frames that will span the width of the westbound I-80 lanes. In the coming months, the sign frames will be installed between Cutting Boulevard in Richmond and Powell Street in Emeryville, necessitating lane and full westbound freeway closures in the vicinity of the installations. Travelers are advised of nighttime lane closures and full westbound closures beginning August 7, 2014. Motorists are advised to expect detours and delays during the nighttime closures.
Beginning Tuesday, August 5: To facilitate sign frame installation, portions of westbound I-80 will be closed from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first installation will occur at Carlson Boulevard in Richmond. During this time, westbound lanes will be closed to traffic in the vicinity of the installation, and motorists will be detoured to a local frontage road.Eastbound and westbound lane closures of I-80 will continue on Sundays through Thursdays, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday Continuing Until October:
Caltrans will continue to implement closures on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 p.m. the previous evening – 5 a.m. (lane closures) and 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. (full closures) on portions of westbound I-80 until all eleven sign frames have been installed. The second closure and sign frame installation will occur at Cutting Boulevard in Richmond. Caltrans anticipates that the closures will continue through October 2014.However, this work is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.
Roadway work entails installing large overhead sign frames that will feature new electronic signage. The signage will be activated in early 2015 as part of a larger network of I-80 SMART Corridor strategies to ease traffic congestion and enhance safety on this heavily travelled corridor between the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza in Alameda County and the Carquinez Bridge in Contra Costa County. Read the full press release
In March, Caltrans released the results from its latest California Household Travel Survey (CHTS), which looks at how we in California travel. The primary finding echoes what many suspect– Californians are driving less. The percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation more than doubled since 2000; the three modes increased in mode-share, collectively, from 11 percent to 23 percent.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty notes of the survey’s findings, “Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation that will improve mobility, air quality, and travel choices for all Californians and make our state a better place to live and work.”
The table below from the recent CHTS shows the exact breakdown of travel mode distribution, and how it compares to the 2000 survey:
Single-occupancy cars remain the most prevalent travel mode. However it now makes up less than half of all trips, having plummeted from 60.2% to 49.3% of trips.
Interestingly, despite frequently hearing about today’s public transit and bicycling booms, the fastest growing travel mode in the Golden State over the last decade was walking, which more than doubled from 8.4% of trips to 16.6% trips. This is not to say that reports of increased levels of public transit use and bicycling are misleading, in fact the two modes doubled their respective mode-share since Caltrans’ 2000 CHTS.
The results from the survey mark a dramatic shift in the state’s travel patterns and show no signs of reversing. Looking at the numbers one can’t help but to wonder– what will the next California Household Travel Survey look like?
Caltrans, regional transportation agencies and the federal government have combined funds to provide $360 million in grants for the Active Transportation Program (ATP). Active Transportation is a term used to describe walking, biking, and transit. The funds for ATP will be targeted at projects like bike lanes, safer intersections for pedestrians, safety improvements leading to and around transit stops, and non-infrastructure programs like Safe Routes To School safety education outreach.
Jeanie Ward-Waller is the California advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. She said this is the most money by far that has been offered to improve walk/bike routes. But she said that it is also unique because the priorities for awarding the money are not just about transportation. Part of the decision about awarding the money will be based on potential boosts to public health. Some money is earmarked for projects in disadvantaged communities. “It’s watershed in terms of supporting walking and biking, but it’s also a watershed in how it is being targeted,” Ward-Waller said. “I think it’s a new standard about how we are approaching transportation and prioritizing things like public health and sustainability and making sure equity is a lens.” Read the full article in California Report.
Caltrans will close Lane #1 of SR-160 in Antioch, in the northbound direction between SR-4 and the 18th Street/Main Street off-ramp on Thursday evening, April 24, from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. Calrtrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) are constructing two new connector ramps, one connecting westbound Highway 4 to northbound SR-160, and one connecting southbound SR-160 to eastbound Highway 4 as part of the Highway 4 improvements.
The Highway 4 projects include improvements that will help revitalize eastern Contra Costa County. The projects expand Highway 4 from four to eight lanes between Loveridge Road and SR-160, add two connector ramps between Highway 4 and Highway 160, and add a BART extension from Pittsburg to Antioch (eBART). This will greatly improve transit accessibility for the region and help reduce traffic congestion and enhance the quality of life for the more than 250,000 residents of eastern Contra Costa County. The projects have been carefully staged to keep 130,000 vehicles per day moving as major construction and demolition work continue, and include over *$1.3 billion in State, Federal, Contra Costa Measure C & J sales tax, regional bridge tolls, and other local funds.
The Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA) is working closely with Caltrans to convert the existing HOV lanes on I-680 into express lanes from Rudgear Road to Alcosta Blvd. in the southbound direction and from Alcosta Blvd. to Livorna Road in the northbound direction. Like existing HOV lanes, express lanes are FREE for carpools, vanpools, buses and other eligible vehicles while allowing solo drivers to use the lanes for a toll. Open House BAIFA invites everyone to attend an informational meeting to learn more. Project plans will be on display and project team members will be present to provide input about the project. Thursday, January 30, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
12501 Alcosta Blvd. San Ramon, CA 94583 OnLine Public Open House Can’t make the meeting in person? BAIFA is also hosting an online public meeting at www.BAIFAexpresslanes.org that will begin January 30 and be open for two weeks, closing February 13. The online format will allow the public to view the same information that will be shown at the public meeting and provide input during the two-week period. Once on the project website, click the link to view the information.
Visit www.BAIFAexpresslanes.org or contact MTC Public Information at (510) 817-5757 for more information.
Bike aboard Amtrak. Photo credit: ubrayj02
Looking to take a nice train and bike trip along the coast this summer? The Source published this news release from Caltrans, which funds some passenger rail service in California, regarding the new bike reservation policy (with our emphasis added) :
Caltrans, Amtrak Announce New Bike Reservation Policy to Improve Customer Service and Enhance Safety
SACRAMENTO – Amtrak California passengers traveling with bicycles can reserve onboard bike rack space free of charge beginning June 1, 2013 when booking travel on Pacific Surfliner trains.
“We heard our customers and we responded,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Caltrans eliminated the $5 bike reservation fee to make it as easy as possible to bring your bike along when riding the Pacific Surfliner trains.”
Previously, without a bike reservation system in place, when bike racks became full, passengers had no choice but to store bikes next to luggage storage areas or walkways. At times, if bike traffic became too heavy, bike passengers would not be allowed to board at all.
“With bike reservations, planning travel is made easier by enabling bike-toting passengers to choose an alternate train should their first choice be fully booked. It’s truly a win-win,” said Caltrans Division of Rail Chief Bill Bronte. While there is no cost to reserve a bike slot, reservations will be required for each travel segment and must accompany a valid Amtrak ticket. Bike reservations can be made one of several ways: Online when booking tickets at AmtrakCalifornia.com (click “Add Bike to Trip” after selecting the departure and class of service); at Quik-Trak kiosks (visit the Amtrak California Station Directory for kiosk locations); from station ticket agents; or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.
Amtrak Multi-Ride Ticket holders (10-trip or Monthly Pass) can only obtain bike reservations through station ticket agents or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Amtrak has issued refunds to passengers who booked and paid for bike reservations in advance.
Most trains can accommodate six bikes. Passengers should reserve space as early as possible, as bike space is limited and may not be available on all trains or departures. All bike passengers are responsible for securing their own bicycles in provided bike racks.
About Amtrak California: Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans funds three of the five busiest intercity passenger rail routes in the Amtrak system: the Pacific Surfliner(r) corridor (ranked second), the Capitol Corridor(r) (ranked third), and the San Joaquin(r) corridor (ranked fifth). Caltrans manages both the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin corridors. The Capitol Corridor, although funded by Caltrans, is managed by the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority. Visit us at www.amtrakcalifornia.com; join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmtrakCalifornia or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak_CA.
Note: Folding bicycles may be brought aboard certain passenger cars as carry-on baggage. Only true folding bicycles (bicycles specifically designed to fold up into a compact assembly) are acceptable. Generally, these bikes have frame latches allowing the frame to be collapsed, and small wheels. Regular bikes of any size, with or without wheels, are not considered folding bikes, and may not be stored as folding bikes aboard trains. You must fold up your folding bicycle before boarding the train. You may store the bike only in luggage storage areas at the end of the car (or, in Superliners, on the lower level). You may not store bikes in overhead racks.
Major interchange improvements at San Pablo Damn Road, McBryde Avenue, and El Portal Drive will ease congestion and improve safety. The public is invtged to attend one of two meetings to learn more about hte project and provide input on the proposed landscaping and aestheic treatment. The two meetings are being offered to promote greater public partipcation.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverside Elementary school 1300 Amador St, San Pablo
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverside Elemntary school 1300 Amador St, San Pablo
For more information visit the project website or phone Hisham Noeimi, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Project Manager at 925-256-4731
Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and Caltrans will hold a public workshop at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 22, to discuss the I-680/Norris Canyon High Occupancy Vehicle Ramps Project.
The workshop represents an opportunity for the community to provide input and feedback during the environmental review process of the $102 million, Measure J project.
The meeting will be in the Foutain Room of the San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon.
For more information check out CCTA’s downloadable notice of the workshop.
Did you know there’s a way to get from the East Bay to San Francisco in twenty minutes for $1?
The only catch – you need a bike.
Caltrans runs a Bay Bridge Bike Shuttle during weekday commute hours. These are the times when bikes aren’t allowed on BART, so it’s a bike-friendly (and cheaper) substitute.
The shuttle connects the MacArthur BART station and the Transbay Terminal. It only seats 14, and almost always fills up in the typical commute direction, so be advised to arrive at least 10 minutes early leaving Oakland in the morning and SF in the evening.
Leave San Francisco
Leave San Francisco
From the Caltrans website. Moey M. of Yelp writes: i can’t believe this shuttle gets anything less than 5 stars from anyone. it is one of the best services out there for bay area bike commuters. at a cost of a mere $1 to get over the bridge, the value is unbeatable.
i’ve never found it to be ridiculously crowded, but i travel in the reverse direction (live in SF, work in east bay) so maybe i have it easy.
would i like the shuttle to run more often? sure. do i wish the east bay riders would be less rude and pushy while we unload? totally. do the drivers occasionally thwart my plans by leaving a minute or two early? ugh, yes. even so, this shuttle deserves five glowing, radiant, commute-friendly stars from the bottom of my cyclist heart.
i love you caltrans bike shuttle!
Visit the BART website for more information on MacArthur BART Station. Note that the parking lot typically fills up by 7 AM.
Photo credit: Flickr/elithebearded
Caltrans has completed painting the temporary soundwall at the west portal of the tunnel. Workers began planting 77 fast growing evergreen Leyland Cypress trees between the soundwall and the curb. Near the conclusion of the project in late 2013 or early 2014, the soundwall will be demolished and the trees will be removed. The area between Caldecott Lane and the freeway – an area now being used as a construction staging area – will be covered with an earthen berm, 20 feet high at the crest, and landscaped with grass and trees.
Caltrans closed the bicycle lane at the eastbound on-ramp to Fish Ranch Road. Bicycles were allowed on the freeway shoulder between the Fish Ranch Road on-ramp and the Wilder Road off-ramp. However, Caltrans is installing a drainage pipe along the shoulder and must close the bike lane to facilitate the work. Caltrans anticipates that the work will be finished by December 1, 2010 at which time the bike lane will re-opened.
Caltrans will close lanes 3 and 4 (two right lanes) of Westbound Rte. 24 and the Third Bore between 10PM and 4AM on Monday and Tuesday nights, September 20-21, 2010. In addition, the Fish Ranch Road on-ramp and off-ramp will be closed between 10PM and 5AM.
Caltrans will close lanes 1 and 2 (two left lanes) of Eastbound Rte. 24 and the Second Bore between 10:30 PM and 4AM on Wednesday and Thursday nights, September 22 – 23, 2010. The closure will begin just East of Claremont Avenue. Source: