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In 1988 Contra Costa voters passed Measure C, a half-cent sales tax authorized for twenty years to pay for extensive transportation improvements throughout the county. The measure included a detailed Expenditure Plan, which was administered by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA). The measure generated over $1 billion to fund such projects as a BART extension, freeway improvements, bus enhancements, better bike facilities, and transportation options for seniors and those with disabilities. Measure C was unique in that it also included a program to plan for growth throughout the region. The CCTA adeptly managed the funds brought in through Measure C, overseeing this public investment in transportation to accomplish:

In November of 2004, voters approved Measure J, which continues the half-cent sales tax of Measure C through 2034. As with Measure C, the new Measure J includes an approved Expenditure Plan that was developed by local governments, agencies, and leaders, and is administered by the CCTA. Measure J allows the county to continue with its plans for transportation improvements into the future. It is estimated the measure will bring in $2.5 billion in funds over 25 years. These funds will be used for projects crucial to the growth and sustainability of the region, including:

For more information on the CCTA, including projects it has funded and its role as the county’s Congestion Management Agency, visit www.ccta.net [1]