The main agenda item at tonight’s meeting of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority board concerned the Transportation Expenditure Plan for the upcoming Measure J reauthorization, an additional half-cent sales tax for transportation that will probably go before voters next year. The TEP is a plan for how to allocate that money.
Bike Concord turned out ten people tonight to stand up with our allies from Bike Walnut Creek, Bike East Bay, and Greenbelt Alliance, and call on CCTA Board for at least 15% of Measure J reauthorization revenue to go for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Several board members expressed surprise at our numbers. There are often no members of the public commenting at CCTA meetings, so we made a considerable impression.
Here is an audio recording of public comments by BC members and our allies at the meeting, excerpted from CCTA’s official recording. To hear CCTA board members’ responses to our comments, skip to 52:48 in the full meeting recording.
It remains to be seen whether the draft TEP will contain an apportionment for active transportation infrastructure commensurate with its importance in our transportation system. Bike Concord, in support of Bike East Bay, is attending meetings of the Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee (EPAC) which is drawing up that draft. We will follow the process closely.