County Connection was honored with a Leadership in Sustainability Award by Sustainable Contra Costa for the Walnut Creek Downtown Trolley (Route 4). The award is for Sustainable Resource Management, which includes waste and pollution reduction, air quality, energy conservation, efficiency, and generation.
Route 4 circulates through the city’s downtown core, with layovers at BART and Broadway Plaza, and fares are subsidized by the City of Walnut Creek. In 2012, County Connection purchased four all-electric, trolley-replica buses to operate on Route 4, and two wireless electric vehicle charging stations, including an inductive charger installed at the BART station. County Connection became one of the first public transit authorities in the Bay Area to implement electric buses, and one of the first in the nation to implement a fleet of in-route inductively charged electric buses.
As part of accepting this award, County Connection staff were invited to attend an awards gala hosted at the Pleasant Hill Community Center on September 20th. About 200 people attended including representatives from several non-profits, city and county government, and local businesses. County Connection staff accepted the award after an introduction from Cindy Silva, Mayor Pro Tem of Walnut Creek. In addition to this award, County Connection was also recognized by Central Sanitation for its continued water recycling efforts.
A measure that will be submitted to California voters as part of the November 2018 election. The ballot measure proposes to repeal the Road Repair and Accountability Act (a fuel and vehicle tax), which is also known as Senate Bill 1 (SB1).
The revenue raised from SB1 is used primarily to repair existing roads, bridges, add bicycle lanes, and increase funding for mass transit projects.
NO VOTE on this measure:
would maintain current revenues under SB1.
County Connection would retain approximately $3 million annually for operations and capital projects.
Provides $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety.
More than $700 million annually for public transportation projects across the state.
YES VOTE on this measure:
would eliminate revenues provided for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs, under SB1.
County Connection would lose approximately $3 million annually, which would translate to service cuts.
All funding generated by the fuel/vehicle taxes would not be available to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California.
What is Senate Bill 1 (SB1)?
The Road Repair and Accountability Act is a Job Builder. It is a landmark transportation investment to rebuild California by fixing neighborhood streets, freeways and bridges in communities across California and targeting funds toward transit and congested trade and commute corridor improvements.
What does it mean for County Connection?
County Connection receives the following funds through SB1 on an annual basis:
State Transit Assistance Program (STA): $2.8 Million
This money helps support the operation of existing routes. This money is distributed via current funding formulas based on agency revenue and population.
State of Good Repair Program (SGR): $119K
This program funds projects to maintain or repair existing transit fleets and facilities. These funds support County Connection’s IT maintenance costs.
What does SB1 cost to motorists?
The California Department of Finance calculated that the average cost to motorists is roughly $10/month.
Here’s how that number was derived:
Registration: SB1 imposed a new vehicle registration fee that increases with the value of a registered vehicle. Nearly 50% of all registered vehicles in California are valued at less than $5,000. Forty percent are valued at less than $25,000. Thus, the average annual amount for vehicle registration is approximately $48.
Fuel: SB1 increased the sales tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon. California’s 26 million licensed drivers consume 15.5 billion gallons per year. That is 577 gallons per driver, multiplied by 12 cents per gallon is $69.24 each. The annual average cost per driver is: Vehicle Registration: $47.85 Fuel: $69.24 Total $117.09 per year OR $9.76 per month.
SchoolPool is back for spring! Do you have a child in school in Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek? If you do, this is for you! Sign up online at Spring SchoolPool. This one-time promotional offer is good from Feb 1 to Mar 31, 2018.
Schedules for the 600 series school services have been posted here on the County Connection website, and the printed schedules will be available the first week in August. The times on many of the routes have been adjusted due to either school bell time changes, or to improve on-time performance. Most schools in Central Contra Costa begin in late August.
County Connection wants to hear from the communities we serve about what is important to them. We’re undertaking a Community Survey to help improve transportation, making it easier to get around where you live and work. Random households in central Contra Costa County have been invited to participate in our Community Survey.
Be on the lookout for your invitation postcard in the mail. The postcard details how you can participate in our short 5-minute on-line survey. Your feedback will help us learn what is important to you and allow us to better serve the transportation needs of your community.
If you don’t get a postcard notice in the mail and wish to participate, click here to take the 5-minute survey.
County Connection will not operate on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. This is one of six national holidays County Connection observes. For a complete list of recognized holidays please click here.
With the upcoming Warriors parade on June 15, it is highly recommended to take public transit to enjoy the festivities. BART parking lots are sure to fill up fast with people going to work and others going to the parade and rally. County Connection urges you to use a bus to get to your closest BART station. For help in assisting with route times and any questions, please contact customer service at 925-676-7500.
You should also get your clipper cards in advance and load up with cash value to expedite your travel experience. This will decrease the delays you could have with paying as you go. Stop by County Connection today, for your clipper card and load cash value on it.