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 56,000 people work in Walnut Creek, but the majority of those workers live outside Walnut Creek.
52,000 people employed in Walnut Creek were living outside the City
26,000 people living in Walnut Creek were employed outside the City
4,000 people both lived and worked in Walnut Creek
At the same time, most employed Walnut Creek residents work outside the city. According to the California Department of Finance, Walnut Creek’s population as of January 2018 was 70,667. Approximately 45 percent of the city’s residents (about 30,000 people) are employed. The majority worked outside of Walnut Creek, with about half working elsewhere in Contra Costa County and the other half working outside the County.
Walnut Creek Residents
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, whereas a much greater proportion of those who work outside the 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 these 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 to work between Walnut Creek and other locations in Contra Costa County.
Most BART Users Drive to the Station.
Private employers will be important partners in developing and implementing TDM strategies.
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 strategies aimed at reducing the number of drive-alone work trips.