How a California County’s Mobility Mavens Are Creating a Future With Autonomous Vehicles

The CCTA is led by Executive Director Randell (Randy) Iwasaki. When he retires this December after a 10-year stint, he will leave an agency that, with only 20 staff members, has earned a reputation as a leader in pushing cutting-edge transportation technology.

CCTA’s highest-profile effort is GoMentum Station, the nation’s largest dedicated secure testing facility for connected and automated vehicle (AV) technology. CCTA acquired the former military station and announced it would be a testing site for AVs in 2014. Now owned and operated by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, the 2,100-acre facility in Concord, Calif., includes 22 miles of roads, 48 intersections and eight testing zones. CCTA, in partnership with the AAA and other entities, last year won a $7.5-million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to support a four-year Automated Driving System (ADS) pilot program for three “real-world” demonstration projects.