Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan & Transportation Expenditure Plan

Alameda County

Alameda County Transportation Commission

Subconsultant to Nelson\Nygaard

2010 - 2012

The Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP) and Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) provides a framework for future transportation investments in Alameda County and also defines guidance and a path for changes to transportation policy, legislation and funding over the next 25 years for Alameda County. The CWTP is also the County's input into the San Francisco Bay Area's Regional Transportation Plan that also includes the region's Sustainable Communities Strategy as mandated by California State Senate Bill 375; the Bay Area RTP and SCS is a combined effort of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

As part of the Neslon\Nygaard team, CD+A was responsible for the preparing several components of the plan, which included an existing land use analysis, outlining best land use practices in sustainable and transit-oriented development, and, developing future growth alternatives that would best represent the County's input into MTC's RTP and SCS development processes. CD+A worked closely with the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) staff to solicit and involve local jurisdictions in refining jobs and household growth allocation to identified 'Planned Development Areas' as well as other identified focused growth areas in proximity to transit, or with potential for future transit accessibility. This work was done with a group of planning directors and other senior staff from all the County's local jurisdictions. The growth allocation alternatives were utilized as the county's response to the growth scenarios projections by the ABAG and MTC, for the county and local communities. The analysis of the Alameda CTC County Scenario as part of the CWTP effort showed that the county scenario out-performed the initial Bay Area SCS alternatives in terms of green house gas reductions. The final growth scenario that CD+A developed with local planning staff was then used by the local jurisdictions and Alameda CTC to influence the preferred scenario that came out of the Bay Area SCS process.