Real Time Systems Will Be Down For Maintenance 12/26/16

County Connection real time systems such as Bus Tracker, mobile transit apps, real time street sign displays, and the 511.org real time trip planners, will be out of service in the afternoon on Monday, December 26 for scheduled maintenance.

We anticipate disabling the system by 4:00 PM on Monday, December 26th, with service restored by the beginning of service on Tuesday morning.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

 

 

Holiday Service Schedule

Please Take Note Of Holiday Service Schedule

County Connection buses will run the following schedule during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday:

  • Sunday, December 25, 2016 – NO SERVICE
  • Monday, December 26, 2016 – Weekend Service (No Express Routes)
  • Sunday, January 1, 2017 – NO SERVICE
  • Monday, January 2, 2017 – Weekend Service (No Express Routes)

The Route 4 Free Trolley will operate the extended hours as posted on Monday, December 26th.

 

Bus Transit Post-Election 2016

What Happens Now?

No matter what proposition or which candidate you may have voted for, I think many will agree if nothing else, it has been an interesting election season. As the General Manager of County Connection, I am often asked these days: What will the election possibly mean for public transit? The short answer is: We really don’t know, yet.

Overall, for transit the election is a mixed bag. In the Bay Area, BART’s Measure RR passed with over 71% of the vote in favor. This means BART will be able to raise much of the funding it will need to rehab its aging system. Users of BART will benefit greatly from this. Locally, Santa Clara County passed a sales tax measure that will support both roadway improvements, as well as transit improvements. AC Transit was able to renew an existing parcel tax that has long supported popular bus routes throughout the inner East Bay. However, for us here in Contra Costa County, our Measure X just barely failed to gain the necessary two-thirds vote needed to pass. Thus, the projects and programs for all modes of transportation that the measure would have supported are going to be delayed in many cases.

At the state level, there were no transportation measures among the many state propositions on this year’s ballot. Moreover, the state legislature will look very much like the last state legislature. So, I do not anticipate any major changes in state transportation policy approaches in the next two-year session.

We could, however, see further legislation regarding transportation technology developments. Activity towards autonomous vehicles is picking up in California and the legislature may want to start doing what is reasonable to support that. Also, it would not be a surprise to see the legislature work to solidify and shore up the state cap and trade programs. These programs have the potential to provide significant assistance to public transportation programs. On a less than positive note, given that the new legislature looks similar to last one, I do not anticipate that we will see a large transportation funding package emerge from it. This remains a heavy lift – particularly the debate on how to pay for such a package.

Finally, we arrive at the federal level. This is going to be interesting to watch and perhaps hard to predict. First off, a current federal transportation authorization was just enacted late last year. Thus, we have nearly four years of authorization left. So, on one hand, very little needs to happen, if only to maintain the status quo for now. However, while we have four more years of federal transportation authorization, the main funding source of that authorization, the Highway Trust Fund, is projected to go broke within two years or so. If that holds true, the new congress and President will have to come to an agreement about how to tackle this funding shortfall.

So far, it is looking like it could be an interesting set of debates. President Elect Trump has talked in broad terms of a 10-year trillion-dollar infrastructure package. What portion – if any – of this would be marked for public transit is not known. However, both congressional leaders (Senator McConnell, and Speaker Ryan) have not yet warmed to the idea of making infrastructure a funding priority. Any of this will likely run up against deficit reduction talks in Washington.

So, as you can see, much remains at stake for public transit after this election. It will likely be months, if not years, before we learn how the 2016 election ultimately affects public transit.

Supplemental Service & Temporary Stop Closures Dec. 10, 2016

Early Rt. 4 Service and Temporary Stop Closure During The Walnut Creek Half Marathon

County Connection will run early AM Supplemental Service Saturday, December 10, 2016, on the Route 4 to help with the Walnut Creek Half Marathon. The service will start at 5:00 AM and run continually until the last trip (approximately 0630). There is a modification of the route for this service.

2016-route-4-early-am-suppemental-service-mapRoute 311 Stop Closures

The Route 311 will have bus stops closed and right lane closed on N. Civic Dr., Oak Rd., and Treat Blvd. from BART Walnut Creek towards BART Concord the morning of the Marathon until no later than 10:00 AM.

There will be a detour for the Route 311 from BART Walnut Creek to BART Pleasant Hill until the stops are open on N Civic Dr. Buses will use Main St. and Treat Blvd. from BART Walnut Creek to BART Pleasant Hill.

 

 

Annual Food Drive Starts Sunday, Nov. 27th

fbccs-logo-final-cmykContinuing the tradition of giving, County Connection will use the buses as rolling collection bins in the annual food drive which runs from Nov. 27 – Dec. 10. In past years, County Connection passengers have generously donated up to a thousand pounds of food benefitting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

All County Connection buses will have plastic milk crates placed near the front of the bus to hold donations. Road supervisors will be on call to meet buses on the road and empty crates that become full, and the PM maintenance crew empty all crates at the end of the day.

The most needed items are protein sources, like peanut butter and canned meats, any canned goods, dried beans, rice, pastas, iron-rich cereal and baby formula, tomato products, and 100% fruit juices. Food Bank officials ask that no glass container goods be donated, as they easily break during transportation and sorting.

Thank you to our passengers for allowing us to continue this tradition.

Later Night Service On Free Ride Trolley

good-xmas-rt-4Later Night Service Begins Friday, November 25th

Continuing the tradition of providing later night bus service on the free ride trolley during the busy holiday season, the City of Walnut Creek will again support later operations on weekday, and Saturday evenings. The Sunday service will remain unchanged.

The service will run about every 20 minutes throughout the evening as follows

November 25 – December 10 – Last bus leave Broadway Plaza at:

Weeknights – 10:10 PM

Saturday – 10:16 PM

December 12 – December 23 – Last bus leaves Broadway Plaza at:

Weeknights – 11:06 PM

Saturday – 11:16 PM

NO EXTENDED SERVICE ON DECEMBER 24th, and NO SERVICE DECEMBER 25th

December 26 – December 31 Last bus leaves Broadway Plaza at:

Weeknights – 10:10 PM

Saturday – 10:16 PM

 

 

RFP: Purchase & Delivery of Diesel & Gas

Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection) invites bids from qualified suppliers or manufacturers for the purchase and delivery of CARB Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel, Bio-Diesel, Renewable Diesel, and/or Unleaded Gasolines to Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection), Regional Transit Coordinating Council member agencies and other local government agencies. This is a consortium acquisition among several transit properties and local governmental subdivisions with County Connection acting as the lead agency. This Invitation will result in multiple awards.

Bids must be received in County Connection’s Maintenance Department by 2:00 PM, December 5, 2016.

Addendum #1 posted 11-10-16.

Minutes posted 11-16-16.

Procurements