About the Downtown Lafayette Congestion Study

The City of Lafayette is conducting a Downtown Congestion Study. This website will serve as a way of communicating information to the public and receiving input from you.

This study, funded by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), is taking a comprehensive look at how to deliver solutions that solve Lafayette’s numerous transportation challenges, mainly in the downtown core. We recognize that a great deal of work has been done over the years to address congestion in this area. These studies have considered ways to alleviate traffic congestion and parking issues, provide better transit service, improve the pedestrian and bicycle network, and enhance safety. Some projects have been successfully implemented, but many have not because of high costs, unattractive trade-offs, and/or a lack of community consensus.

We recognize that transportation issues in Downtown Lafayette are complex with no “quick-fix” solutions. We will build on the previous recommendations, and go a step further to consider a wide range of solutions, from additional incremental improvements to potential “moonshots” or “game changers”. We will evaluate the strategies and projects holistically and use a range of performance metrics to better understand the combined costs, benefits, and trade-offs. The performance metrics will consider how well the strategies reduce congestion, improve travel times and delay, reduce auto trips, increase active modes of travel such as walking or biking, and improve safety. This comprehensive analysis will help us to build consensus around a set of feasible strategies and projects most preferred by the community. The City of Lafayette will then find ways to fund and implement these measures.

Throughout this process, we want to hear from you.  In this early information-gathering phase of the project, we are interested in your take on existing transportation issues, priorities, and opportunities.

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