Apr 7, 2016
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West County’s traffic-weary commuters have three chances next week to weigh in on a 15-month-long study aimed at identifying ways to ease congestion.

The meetings will take place on Tuesday, April 12, at San Pablo City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave.; on Wednesday at Pinole City Hall, 2131 Pear St.; and on Thursday at Richmond City Hall, 440 Civic Center Plaza. All workshops will be held in city council chambers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Public opinion will help shape development of the West County High-Capacity Transit Study, which was launched by the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC).

The study seeks to figure out how to reduce congestion particularly along Interstate Highway 80 in West County.

Ideas include adding express bus service from West County to Oakland, bus rapid transit along busy streets (as pictured coceptually above) or extending BART service beyond Richmond. In several years, the area will benefit from a new ferry terminal in Richmond serving San Francisco.

See the flyer for more information:


  1. Contrary to visual appearances, traffic congestion on I80 is not a localized_county land problem. It is a maritime problem, i.e. water crossing problem. Bay Area needs a solid high capacity (multi county supported) Hoover-craft commuting system. It requires only money, lots of it, and a single county would not have the finances to implement such a system for cross commuting over the San Francisco Bay:
    “Very large versions have been used to transport hundreds of people and vehicles across the English Channel”
    I am done with my Mon-Fri commute Pinole/San Jose (28 years), and out of Pinole town for this Wednesday’s Pinole town meeting.

    Dan | Apr 11th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.