Valerie Volk – County Connection

County Connection’s Ramacier Stepping Down By Year’s End

Assistant General Manager of Administration Bill Churchill to become new GM

County Connection General Manager Rick Ramacier has announced his intent to step down by the end of December following 32 years with the agency, 24 of which he served as GM. Bill Churchill, identified early on as a strong leader for the agency, will be promoted to GM upon Ramacier’s retirement as part of the agency’s succession planning and leadership training. Churchill is currently serving as Assistant GM of Administration and has more than 23 years with County Connection.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank Rick for his years of outstanding service and significant contributions,” said Keith L. Haydon, Jr., City of Clayton and County Connection Board Chair. “His unwavering dedication to County Connection, along with his ability to build a
strong leadership team, will leave County Connection resilient and well positioned for the future.”

“I have been honored to lead County Connection and proud to be a part of the many ways in which our services improve people’s lives, and most recently positively impacting more than 2,200 essential service riders every day,” said Rick Ramacier, County Connection General Manager. “Having worked closely with Bill for many years, I am highly confident that under his leadership, the team at County Connection will continue to innovate and provide a variety of mobility choices for our customers. His appointment demonstrates the strength of our succession planning and talent pipeline, and I look forward to working with him during the
transition.”

Ramacier will remain as GM until his departure date in December.

Exclusive Alamo Creek Shuttle

FEATURES OF ALAMO CREEK SHUTTLE

• Free to anyone traveling to and from the Danville Park ‘n Ride and Walnut Creek BART.
• Shuttle may stop at other locations within the 1.5 mile corridor along Camino Tassajara and 1-680
• Scheduled pickup at your door.
• Call 925-943-1829 for reservations 7 days a week.

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County Connection Welcomes the State’s Reopening Plan

Physical distancing requirements on County Connection will be lifted Wednesday, June 16.

CONCORD, Calif. – County Connection is transitioning from six-foot onboard physical distancing requirements to normal capacity requirements starting Wednesday, June 16th. On June 15th, California is expected to fully reopen, and capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities. The county tier system based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will no longer be in effect.

According to the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Beyond the Blueprint public transit is no longer required to impose physical distancing requirements. However, per the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) face masks will continue to be required for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through September 13th. Additional extensions to be determined.

“Over the last 15 months County Connection has followed all local, state and federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are proud of all our essential workers and their contributions to keep our economy going, allowing us to reach this reopening milestone”, said Keith Haydon, County Connection Board Chair. County Connection will continue to follow many protocols established during the COVID-19 pandemic including providing personal protective equipment, maintaining operator shields, nightly anti-viral fogging and cleaning and advanced HVAC system air filters across our fleet.

Starting October 9: Possible Power Outages in Contra Costa County

PG&E is monitoring a severe wind event this week that could impact nearly 30 counties across Northern and Central California and has issued a fire weather watch for vast portions of Northern California.  PG&E has informed various cities in Contra Costa County that the utility may proactively turn off power for safety as part of it’s Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Should this shut off occur, street lights could be affected and cause route delays.  County Connection’s services will continue to operate, but could experience delays.  Contact customer service at 925-676-7500 for updates.

For Paratransit Trips

If this power outage goes into effect, it may affect your Paratransit trips.

·         Please expect longer than usual hold times, drivers may not be able to reach dispatch to make same day changes to your trips.

·         There may be significant delays to your trips.

·         Passengers are encouraged to postpone non-essential trips for a later date.

·         You are encouraged to keep your cell phone fully charged at all times.

·         Any medical equipment requiring battery or electricity must be fully charged.

·         Drivers will not be able to make detours to your trip as a result of power outages.

·         Communicate with your dialysis unit or medical doctor on their current schedule

Paratransit Information for Passengers

Exciting new changes beginning July 1, 2019!

The County Connection Board of Directors has approved exciting changes to improve the experience for our passengers.

Enhancements include:

  • A variety of vehicles ranging from wheelchair accessible vans to minivans. All vehicles will be easily identified as County Connection LINK vehicles.
  • Drivers and dispatchers will have improved GPS and mapping tools.
  • Drivers will receive enhanced customer service training.
  • Over the next 90 days, we will be testing and launching a new passenger app that will provide passengers with access to trip information, such as current vehicle location and status of pick up, as well as future trips and ride history.

Call Center

Our call center agents, who will also be going through enhanced customer service training, will continue to be of assistance to you by dialing (925) 938-7433. Please check our website www.countyconnection.com/paratransit for future updates and information as we launch the new mobile app.

You will still have the option to book your ride through the call center as you do today.

Some reminders and tips:

  • Have the exact fare. Drivers do not make change.
  • Call 925-938-RIDE (938-7433) to schedule a LINK trip.  
  • You may book reservations up to 7 days advance, but no later than 5:00 p.m. the day before.

If you have any questions about your rides or service, please call the LINK reservations line at (925) 938-7433. If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided on this webpage, please contact us at LINKcomments@countyconnection.com or (925) 680-2098.

Please check this page for future updates and information.

Paratransit Information for Centers and Facilities

New Technology for Trip Generating Facilities

Over the next ninety days we will be testing and launching a ride management system for our trip generating partners/facilities called Facility Transit Manager. Facility Transit Manager is easily accessed through a web link. This system enables you to provide increased customer service for our shared customers.  Facility team members will be able to view scheduled rides and track the estimated time of arrival for vehicles transporting your clients. A County Connection team member will be available to help with setting up the system at your location and will reach out to you soon with more information.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided on this webpage, please contact us at LINKcomments@countyconnection.com or (925) 680-2098. 

Please check this page for future updates and information.