Recent Events – County Connection

BART Strike

BART workers are on strike. County Connection has set up temporary bus stops on perimeter streets outside the BART stations.

Walnut Creek BART

Pleasant Hill BART

N.Concord BART

Orinda BART

Concord BART

Lafayette BART



Due to anticipated traffic delays on freeways and surface streets our local service may be delayed. County Connection riders can get real time arrival predictions from Bus Tracker, the new program recently introduced that provides real time arrival predictions for any bus route in the system.

BART will operate charter bus service from the Walnut Creek and Dublin BART stations beginning at 5:30 AM. More information on this service can be found at

Commuters are urged to plan ahead and consider altering work schedules, carpooling, or telecommuting. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has established a web page to keep commuters up to date on BART strike activity, traffic conditions, casual carpool pick-up locations, BART bus service options, and other transit and ridesharing options.


Court Street In Martinez Will Close On Thursdays During Farmers Market Season

On Thursdays between now and October 24th Court St. in downtown Martinez will be closed to traffic between 10 AM and 2 PM.

Bus service on Routes 18, 19 and 28 will detour during this time as follows:

Heading TO Amtrak from Court Street

Left on WARD ST.

Right on CASTRO ST.

Left on COURT ST.






Right on CASTRO ST.

Left on WARD ST.

Right on COURT ST. to Regular Route

New Detours In Concord

Bonifacio St. In Concord Will Be Closed For Sewer Line Contstruction Nov. 2012 Through January 2013 – Detours For Rts. 17 and 19

17 Detour

 From BART Concord to BART North Concord/Martinez – No Service at Bonifacio at Grant (this direction only)

L         Park   St.

R         Grant   St.

R         Pacheco St.

L         East   St. onto Grant St. to

R         Grant St. onto Solano Way

R         Olivera   Rd.

L         Port   Chicago Highway

R         BART station entrance

R         BART bus service road.


From BART North Concord/Martinez to BART Concord – No Stops Affected

Follow regular route to: East St.

R         Pacheco St.

L         Colfax St.

L         Salvio St. to regular route.



Route #19 Detour for November 2012 thru January 2013.

Northbound – Stops affected are:

Grant/ Pacheco, Grant/Bonifacio and Bonifacio/Concord Ave

Start    BART Service Road

Left      Park St.

Right   Grant St.

Left      Willow Pass Rd.

Right   Concord Ave. to Regular Route.


Southbound – No stops affected


Meet The Class of 2012

Meet The Class of 2012

Training takes place at the County Connection all year long to assure that bus operators remain current with all state and federal licensing requirements. But once each year County Connection participates in a different kind of training – puppy training.

Through their volunteer network, San Ramon Valley Guide Dogs For The Blind raise and train puppies to eventually be paired with an owner. Part of the training involves learning how to use public transportation, so they will one day safely assist their owner in daily travel.

“The puppies need to learn how to use the buses if they are to graduate and become guide dogs”, said Louise Pay, club leader for San Ramon Valley GDB. “Before trainers take their puppies out into the community using public transportation, they need to make sure the animal is not frightened by the noise and movement and can remain under the trainers’ control.”

During their training at the bus yard, puppies are encouraged to walk around the bus while it’s running and become familiar with the sights and noises associated with the bus. They hear the air brakes and the release noises when the bus “kneels”. They hear the doors opening and closing, and the ramp unfolding or sliding out from the undercarriage. However, the majority of training is spent practicing the use of the mechanical wheelchair lift. If nerves are going to come out, this is typically where it happens.

“We’re thankful that County Connection helps us each year with this important element of training. This step is just as important for the trainers as it is for the puppies. They leave the bus yard knowing what they need to work on with their puppy.”

For information on San Ramon Valley Guide Dogs For The Blind, please visit

County Connection operates a fleet of 29 ft., 35 ft., and 40 ft. fully accessible fixed-route buses, and a fleet of 63 paratransit vehicles. Updated schedules are available at BART stations, City Offices, and public libraries throughout central Contra Costa.  For immediate schedule information, please call Customer Service 676-7500 or visit for more information.