More Work to Be Done in 2018
Feb 09, 2018 11:10AM
● By Supervisor Karen Mitchoff
By Supervisor Karen Mitchoff
We have made improvements towards transportation and infrastructure in Contra Costa County, but there is still more work to be done in 2018.
In 2017, the county saw HOV lanes added to 680 that spanned from Walnut Creek to San Ramon to help ease the commute going southbound. The GoMentum Station in Concord has continued to build and leverage partnerships worldwide to increase the number of autonomous vehicles tested at the former Naval Weapons Station. This effort brings innovative technology to our community and international recognition. With SB 1 signed into law, this legislation will put dollars directly into improving the safety of our roads and freeways. This bill is projected to generate $54 billion in transportation dollars over 10 years statewide. About half of the money will go to cities and counties to fix local roads and potholes, improve lanes, and address other related issues that are much needed.
With continued advocacy around funding for transportation, there is also a growing need for alternative methods of transportation to be mindfully integrated in the infrastructure of services for the aging community. Someday that may include autonomous vehicles, but today these individuals rely on services like Meals on Wheels, public transit, and in-home care programs.
The Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging provides systems of care and support towards independent living to the senior population. These services range from adult day care, ombudsman services (which include complaint investigation and resolution services for residents over 60), and the Fall Prevention program, among others. They also partner with local organizations like Meals on Wheels, Mobility Matters, Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California, and many others to provide extensive services for families across the county.
As we enter the new year, I will continue to work with my colleagues through local and regional platforms to advocate for the safety and care of our community.