Training Day At North Concord BART

Got itCounty Connection buses became a training ground for police dogs at the North Concord BART station last month. Animals representing BART Police, San Francisco Sheriff Office, San Francisco Police Department, and the Transportation Safety Administration were sent in search of incendiary devices that were placed by law enforcement officers in and around three buses. The rainy conditions presented additional challenges because smells dissipate more quickly than in warm weather, but training in all conditions is critical. There were a lot of rewards given out, and good information for the officer/trainers on follow-up work their canine partner may need.

 

 

Before WorkOne more sniffWho's in there

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Food Drive Brings in 900 Pounds of Food

Unloading FoodThanks to the generosity of our passengers, over 900 pounds of food was collected during County Connection’s annual food drive. Small milk crates placed on each of the fixed-route buses turn the vehicles into rolling collection sites. Each evening maintenance workers empty the crates into a large storage container. All food collected benefits the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and is distribute directly back into the community through school and church programs, as well as to recognized non-profit organizations.  The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides food to nearly 188,000 people each month.

For more ways to help combat hunger in our communities visit the Food Bank website

Winter Service Changes Take Effect Sunday, Dec. 21st

County Connection will make adjustments to several bus schedules effective Sunday, December 21, 2014. Please note that the changes on Routes 311 and 315 mean that the service schedules will be different on Saturday and Sunday during the transition.

Route 5 – 5-timetable

 

  • Two new trips from WC BART at 5:48 and 6:08 AM
  • Two new trips from Creekside at 6:03 and 6:23 AM

 

Route 7 – 7-timetable

 

  • New trip leaves PH BART at 6:22 AM
  • New trip leaves Mitchell Park ‘N Ride at 6:38 AM
  • The four trips leaving Mitchell Park ‘N Ride between 7:38 and 8:38 AM have been adjusted to reflect more accurate running times

 

Route 311 – 311-timetable

 

  • Weekend schedule is re-written

 

Route 315 – 315-timetable

 

  • Weekend schedule is re-written

 

Route 92X – 92X-timetable

 

  • Trip leaving Mitchell Park ‘N Ride at 4:33 AM is removed
  • Trip leaving the Pleasanton ACE station at 5:40 AM is removed
  • Trip leaving the Pleasanton ACE station at 4:33 PM is adjusted to arrive at Mitchell Park ‘N Ride at 5:40 PM

 

For Information on all bus routes and schedules please call 676-7500 or visit www.countyconnection.com.

 

Season of Giving: County Connection Participates in Food Drive

Every year, County Connection participates in the drive to collect donations for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; the collection typically runs for a two-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, it ran throughout the County between November 30th and December 13th. County Connection offered an easy way for the community to participate in the program by having a crate available ready to accept donations as riders boarded their bus. We also had a donation drop off onsite at our administrative office located at 2477 Arnold Industrial Way in Concord. Not only did we collect donations from our passengers, we also encouraged donations from County Connection employees. Historically, our employees have been very generous when it comes to donating food to the food bank. Our goal this year was to raise over 1,000 pounds of food from our County Connection collection points. We nearly reached it with a total of 900 pounds, which represents a 10 percent increase from last year. In past years, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has formally recognized us for our food raising efforts. Everyone at County Connection is very proud of that. One of the fastest ways to get into the holiday spirit of giving is by donating food to those that find themselves in need, however, I personally urge everyone who reads this blog to donate food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, not just during the holidays, but also throughout the year. If you are not familiar with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, the group:

  • Provides food to nearly 188,000 people EVERY month, of which 28% receiving emergency food are children
  • Distributes food directly back into the community through school and church programs
  • Distributes food to recognized non-profit organizations such as Monument Crisis Center, La Clinica de la Raza, and WIC
  • Accepts cash donations to provide fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable foods that cannot be stored for long periods at its warehouses — 96 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to food programs
  • Has hundreds of regular volunteers that help keep food moving through its warehouses into the community, as well as assisting with education and outreach
  • Offers harvesting assistance to people wishing to donate excess amounts of fruit on trees

I want to thank everyone who donated food to the Contra Costa Food Bank this holiday season. And, I thank County Connection employees who donate and work our piece of this important campaign. More people than ever rely on food banks for basic nutritional needs making every donation very meaningful. All of us at County Connection wish you and yours a happy holiday.

Another Face of County Connection

IMG_5725-RMeet Manuel

As a bus operator for County Connection for the past 13 years, Manuel takes pride in all aspects of his job and his service to the community. Pride source #1 – his commitment to safety. Manuel recognizes that above all, safety always comes first. He doesn’t leave the bus yard without performing the pre-trip inspection with an eagle eye. Pride source #2 – his commitment to his passengers. He states that it’s his passengers that truly make his work a great experience every day. He’s come to know most of them – where they get on and where they get off. Pride source #3 – his commitment to the County Connection team. Manuel is not only committed to his passengers, but also to the entire County Connection team. He brings the same level of courtesy and professionalism to his co-workers that his passengers see every day. Professional service with a smile is what everyone gets – every day. Manuel wouldn’t have it any other way.