Public Hearing: 2023-2028 Short Range Transit Plan – County Connection

Public Hearing: 2023-2028 Short Range Transit Plan

Notice of Public Hearing

The Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection) will hold a public hearing to gather comments on the draft Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) covering fiscal years 2023-2028.

About the SRTP

The SRTP is County Connection’s operations and financial planning document. In order to effectively execute planning and programming responsibilities, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) requires each transit operator receiving federal funding through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to prepare, adopt, and submit an SRTP to MTC every four years in order to remain eligible to receive federal funding.

County Connection’s last Full SRTP was completed in 2016 and the current effort will result in an updated SRTP covering FY2023 through FY2028. Revised guidelines were established as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and narrow the scope to a five-year planning horizon with a focus on financial and service planning.

The plan focuses on evaluating existing service and developing future service plans based on three scenarios of varying revenue recovery over the next 5 years. The operating budget assumed for each scenario is based on the level of federal stimulus available, recovery of revenue from other sources, and ridership recovery. The service plans are aimed to align resources available in each of the scenarios with ridership demand as well as feedback received from the passenger survey conducted during September 2022.

Review the draft plan here:

How to Comment

Comments can be submitted in writing via mail, email, or online, or at the scheduled Public Hearing. Written comments must be received by December 7, 2022.

It is anticipated that the Board of Directors will take action on the draft SRTP at their regular meeting scheduled for December 15, 2022, following the public hearing.

5 thoughts on “Public Hearing: 2023-2028 Short Range Transit Plan

  • County Connection must look at providing additional services to south county. Microtransit (such as Metro Micro or SacRT’s SmaRT Ride) may be a good option. Subsidizing ride share is not the solution. Those are still often expensive, overpriced, and unfeasible for the elderly who may not be as good as tech. Microtransit that is easy to book and serves a decent area is much better. Metro Micro in the Los Angeles is a fantastic service that offers microtransit for a great cost.

    In order to improve ridership, the service must be good enough to lure passengers in; nobody wants to wait an hour for a bus that ends so early. Take a look at Wheels – they provide significantly better services to much of the Tri-Valley (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin area) than what County Connection provides in San Ramon and Danville. If the bus is a feasible alternative to driving, people will come! If one is able to get to get dinner on a Saturday evening at the Bishop Ranch City Center then be able to go back home, people will ride it!

    • Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments.

      County Connection has been working in partnership with the City of San Ramon for the Go San Ramon Project which helps provide partially subsidized Uber/Lyft trips. One of the goals of this project is to evaluate the demand for a microtransit service in the area and develop changes in the future accordingly.

      Additionally, while we continue to rebuild our workforce, we are unable to expand service levels.

  • I don’t know about SacRT (don’t know what that refers to).

    I think fixing the schedule so that the bus drivers can actually maintain the schedule would be MOST EFFECTIVE.

    The #1 bus rarely makes connections with the #4 because the drivers cannot conform to the schedule. Perhaps the drivers should be asked to provide input as to a more realistic schedule.
    Also – trying to work with BART to develop bus schedules would be beneficial.

    Also – I hear BART is now charging people to USE THEIR BATHROOMS.
    So is COUNTY CONNECTION going to build bathrooms?

    • Thank you for taking the time to submit your comments.
      As the traffic conditions and travel patterns of passengers evolve, our staff continues to analyze the reliability of our buses in relation to schedule adherence and coordination with BART to develop service changes for our routes.

  • There’s only one thing I’ve really wanted to mention and it’s the schedule of #4 on the weekends. The bus begins its route at 9:20am and I think, if it’s possible, it should start earlier, like at 7:00 am. I always see a lot of people walking from the Bart station whenever I take Bart in the morning on Saturday so it think adjusting the time would benefit a lot of people.

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