Passage of Measure J will provide approximately $97 million annually for 35 years in vital local funding that could only be used to address transportation and transit needs throughout Contra Costa County.
Addressing Local Transportation Needs
- The local transportation system here in Contra Costa County needs improvement
- Residents deserve a transportation network that makes travel faster and more predictable
- A coalition of community, business, labor and environmental leaders in Contra Costa County have joined together to support a half-cent sales tax measure
- The Contra Costa County Transportation Improvement Measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot will provide $97 million in transportation funding annually for 35 years and needs your support
Reducing Traffic Congestion
- The measure will reduce congestion on major roads and highways, focusing on areas with the worst bottlenecks
- Reducing traffic congestion will lower emissions, improve air quality and benefit the environment
Enhancing Local Transit Options
- Improving the local transportation system will give commuters high-quality public transit options and make local travel faster
- The measure will improve BART safety, cleanliness and access, enhance all public transit services in the county and make them more frequent and reliable
- The measure will also make it easier for seniors, veterans, students and people with disabilities to get around
The Contra Costa County Transportation Improvement Measure Will:
- Reduce congestion on Highways 680, 580, 80, 24 and 4
- Require transportation funding to directly benefit Contra Costa residents and commuters
- Make BART stations and trains in Contra Costa County cleaner and safer
- Improve the frequency, reliability, accessibility, cleanliness and safety of buses, ferries and BART
- Make commutes faster and synchronize traffic lights along major roads
- Protect open space and improve air quality in Contra Costa County
Making an Impact in Contra Costa County
- The measure will make our elected officials accountable for how they spend our tax money by requiring proof that all projects will make a real impact on congestion
- No funds can be spent on projects that don’t make our commutes faster and more predictable
- All funding will stay in Contra Costa County and cannot be taken by the State
- This measure allows Contra Costa County to qualify for state and federal matching funds, providing more money for badly needed local transportation improvements
- This measure will create local jobs in Contra Costa County
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is responsible for maintaining and improving the county’s transportation system by planning, funding, and delivering critical transportation projects that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. CCTA is also responsible for putting solutions in place to help manage traffic by providing and connecting a wide range of transportation options.
What’s been done with my tax dollars from previous measures?
Contra Costa County voters passed Measure C in 1988, and before expiring in 2009 much was accomplished, including widening Highway 4 from Hercules to Martinez, the BART extension to Pittsburg/Bay Point, Richmond Parkway construction, and new transit programs for seniors and people with disabilities.
In 2004, Contra Costa County voters approved Measure J. The measure provided for the continuation of the county’s half-cent transportation sales tax for twenty-five more years (2009-2034) beyond the Measure C expiration date. Without Measures C and J funding, CCTA would not have qualified to receive additional federal, state, or regional funds.
CCTA has delivered most of the major infrastructure improvement projects in Measure J—such as the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnels, Highway 4 East widening, eBART extension from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station to Antioch, and I-680 and I-80 corridor improvements—on an accelerated timeline to deliver its promises to voters.
As of 2018, about 80 percent of the Measure J project funds have been expended. Remaining revenues are now going toward repayment of bonds, fixing local streets, continuing programs, and supporting public transportation. Without a new Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), the CCTA will be unable to fund any new major projects to address pressing mobility needs