Funding Strategies

In November of 1988, the voters of Contra Costa County approved Measure C – a twenty-year local transportation sales tax which is funding a variety of projects (BART, SR 4, etc.) and programs throughout the County. Gray-Bowen-Scott was the lead consultant that developed the successful Measure C Program – the first in California to link Transportation and Growth Management.

In the fall of 2002, Gray-Bowen-Scott was retained by CCTA to lead the development of a new Expenditure Plan of projects and to provide strategic assistance in the effort to extend Measure C. The reauthorization measure passed in November 2004 – its first time on the ballot.

On both efforts, the Gray-Bowen-Scott project team included a public opinion research firm, a public outreach firm, as well as consultants with experience in working with the business, labor, and environmental communities. Public opinion research and a series of focus groups, along with numerous stakeholder interviews and public workshops, provided the keys to the Expenditure Plan and to securing county-wide support of residents, businesses, and the environmental community.

This same approach – understanding needs and building consensus – enables us to help many of our clients formulate individual project funding strategies as well. Working with Caltrans, local and federal elected officials, the California Transportation Commission, and the business community, Bill and Terry succeeded in assembling a funding plan to construct the carpool lane over Sunol Grade. Bill did it again for the Caldecott Tunnel, Leo Scott for the first Express Lanes over the Sunol Grade, and Trudy Presser for the East Contra Costa SR4 Widening Project. Whatever the need, we have a track record of developing successful strategies that secure the funds to get projects built!

PROJECTS:

  • Maxwell Bridge (SR 121) over the Napa River
  • Stanislaus County Highway 219

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