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.

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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 is also home to Broadway Plaza, a regional shopping center with over 80 retailers. This regional retail center not only serves Walnut Creek residents, but residents throughout the East Bay, many of whom drive to Walnut Creek.

 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.

Shifting some of these vehicle trips to more sustainable modes of transportation would help reduce vehicle trips, vehicle emissions, and traffic congestion during peak travel periods.

Most BART Users Drive to the Station.

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.

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.