Part 1:

How Walnut Creek Moves Today

Many people travel to, from, and within Walnut Creek for work and other types of trips. Today, most of those people are driving.

Walnut Creek is a regional employment and commercial center in Contra Costa County which generates a significant amount of travel to and from the city.

About 60,000 people work in Walnut Creek, and approximately 30,000 of Walnut Creek’s 70,000 residents are employed.

About 52,000 workers commute into Walnut Creek from other locations.

Most of Walnut Creek’s employed residents work outside the city.

Fewer than 10,000 people both live and work in Walnut Creek.

 Walnut Creek Residents

Most employed residents work outside of Walnut Creek, with about half working elsewhere in Contra Costa County and the other half working outside the county.

Overall, the majority of Walnut Creek’s employed residents drive to work, although fewer downtown residents drive.

The majority of Walnut Creek residents work in Contra Costa County, and most of them drive to work. A much greater proportion of residents working outside of Contra Costa County use public transportation.

For non-work trips, a greater proportion of residents bicycle and walk. While residents make 85 percent of non-work trips in a vehicle, a greater proportion of non-work trips (vs. work trips) are made on foot or by bicycle.

 Walnut Creek Workers

Most of the people who work in Walnut Creek are commuting from outside the city, and nearly 80 percent drive alone to work.

Employees at private employers make up the greatest share of workers in Walnut Creek (about 80 percent). A greater proportion of people who work in service occupations use public transportation to get to work (approximately 5 percent).

 Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges


Most people are driving alone to work between Walnut Creek and other locations in Contra Costa County. Shifting some of these single-occupant vehicle trips to more sustainable modes of transportation would help reduce vehicle trips, vehicle emissions, and traffic congestion during peak travel periods. There is a need for more robust commute options and programs to serve these work trips.


While a much higher proportion of workers who work outside of Contra Costa County use BART and other forms of public transportation, the majority of BART passengers who are traveling from home to the Walnut Creek BART Station are either driving and parking, or are being dropped off in a vehicle. Improving access to the station for those walking, bicycling, or using buses or shuttles could further reduce vehicle trips.


Given that 80 percent of the people working in Walnut Creek work for private employers, they will be an important partner in designing and implementing transportation demand management (TDM) strategies aimed at reducing the number of drive-alone work trips. Coordinating and implementing TDM strategies across multiple employers can be challenging, however. Therefore, it will be important for the City and its partners to develop a framework for ongoing coordination and collaboration.

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