Network of Express Lanes to Ease Bay Area Congestion
Bay Area Express Lane Network

Gray-Bowen-Scott helped secure authorization to implement 280 miles of Express Lanes that traversed Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda County. Hired by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), we worked with numerous public and private agencies to scope, forecast, and estimate the effort required to implement this comprehensive network of express lanes. Within eight months we had created an application that achieved unanimous stakeholder approval as well an official green light from Caltrans.

Helping State Route 4 expand for future growth
State Route 4 (SR4) Widening

Doubling the number of lanes on State Route 4 will improve traffic flow, but has also impacted 150 adjoining properties. Gray-Bowen-Scott was called in by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to manage this corridor wide project, which also included the reconstruction of several exchanges as well as pedestrian overpasses and a wide median for a future BART extension. We acted as an extension of staff to Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), successfully resolving a complex array of stakeholder demands and helping the client secure funding from over eleven federal, state and local sources.

Bike and Pedestrian Overpass overcomes hurdles
US 101 Bike/Pedestrian Overpass

For nearly a decade, the City of Belmont wanted to construct a pedestrian/bike overpass over US 101. Despite several grants, the $8 million project was underfunded. Applying for federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act promised relief, but it also triggered a new series of qualifications. Gray-Bowen-Scott helped the City determine and meet the necessary milestones, from Right of Way to environmental permits and beyond. Under Terry Bowen's leadership, all qualifications were met, the process with Caltrans was facilitated and federal and regional funds were awarded.

Providing Executive Director Services for millions of transit riders
Emery Go-Round and MVGO

Gray-Bowen-Scott assisted a non-profit organization with exceeding their purpose and goal by becoming one of the Bay Area's most reliable “last mile” shuttle services. In 2010, the Emeryville Transportation Management Association (ETMA) appointed Gray-Bowen-Scott as the Executive Director of the Emery Go-Round shuttle service. Working with the Board of Directors, the Gray-Bowen-Scott team expanded and updated the fleet of buses and enhanced operations, resulting in one of the most efficiently run transit systems in the Bay Area, serving over 1.5 million passenger boardings per year. Gray-Bowen-Scott is also serving as Executive Director for the newly formed Mountain View Transportation Association (MTMA) to launch the new MVGO service in the City of Mountain View.

Saving the “Yountville Mile”
Yountville Vine Trail State Route 29

While various bike trails exist throughout Napa Valley, the “Yountville mile” is the first section to be built and “branded” as part of the future 44-mile Napa Valley Vine Trail. This high profile project of “vines to trails” will eventually connect Calistoga to the Vallejo ferry terminal. Construction of a bike path adjacent to the highway within State right of way meant overcoming complex logistical and bureaucratic hurdles. With delivery deadlines fast approaching, Yountville was on the verge of losing their sole source of funding- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Gray-Bowen-Scott helped Yountville meet the strict delivery deadlines and ensured continued funding.

Cooperation Advances Marin-Sonoma Narrows
Marin-Sonoma Narrows

As with any large project, the Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project had multiple stakeholders, each with their unique set of desires for the project. After launching work on the Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project, the key players (Caltrans, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and the Transportation Authority of Marin) encountered significant design and funding challenges. Since each agency had different priorities, reaching agreement on how best to address these challenges became a challenge unto itself. Gray-Bowen-Scott's solution: form a 3-way partnership to cooperate in delivering the project, including an issue resolution process. This focus on cooperation helped the stakeholders achieve their common vision: keeping the project on track.

Speeding Delivery of 237 Express Lanes with a Seldom-Used Process
I-880/ SR237 Express Connectors (237 Express Lanes)

For years, congestion at the I-880/SR 237 interchange has frustrated commuters. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) wanted to open the first express lane in their county as quickly as possible. Tapping into a seldom-used process, Gray-Bowen-Scott helped the VTA work with Caltrans to have the environmental, final design and toll system design work take place concurrently. This Project Engineering Evaluation Process accelerated their delivery, saving months of review time and cost. Under Gray-Bowen-Scott's Project Management, the first Santa Clara Express Lanes were opened on March 20, 2012.

Caldecott Delivery Secured through Unique 3-Way Partnership
Caldecott Tunnel

The Caldecott Tunnel connects Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Adding a fourth bore to this highway would significantly help commuters. In November 2002, the Environmental Review Process for this project was formally initiated using Transportation Congestion Relief (TCR) Program funds. Unfortunately, the TCR funds were significantly restricted; Caltrans' ability to continue the project at a rapid pace through the use of a consultant contract was halted. CCTA asked Gray-Bowen-Scott to develop a strategy that would resume the project's original quick pace. We helped define and establish the 3-way partnership between the CCTA, Caltrans and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. In addition, Gray-Bowen-Scott assembled a full funding plan, including Recovery Act funds.