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County Connection and Amtrak – All Aboard

County Connection has teamed up with Amtrak to accept the Amtrak train transfers for the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains as full fare payment on the buses. The San Joaquin route travels the Central Valley communities of Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield, and the Pacific Surfliner route travels to Santa Barbara.

Train conductors will provide a two-part transfer for passengers upon request. The transfer allows the rider to board buses of any partner agency for free. The transfer slips are valid for two days – the day of issue, and the following day.

County Connection has five weekday bus routes that serve the Martinez Amtrak station: Route 16, Route 18, Route 19, Route 28, and Route 98. For route and schedule information call Customer service at 925-676-7500 or visit www.cccta.org.

 

CCCTA Runs Regular Service on MLK Birthday

County Connection will run regular weekday (non-school day) service on Monday, January 16, 2012, meaning most of the 600 series trips will not run. Routes 627, 649, and one trip on the Rt. 636 (leaving the San Ramon Transit Center at 1:50 PM) will be in service.

Other operators may run modified schedules – check ahead. Here is information on ACE train service on MLK Birthday…

The Altamont Commute Express will run the following trains only on Martin Luther King Day 01/16/12
ACE 3 and ACE 5 in the morning
ACE 4 and ACE 6 returning at night
ACE 1 in the morning and ACE 8 at night will be annulled for the Holiday.

Public Hearing – Proposed Routing Change

Proposed Routing Change To Route 622

The Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection) is proposing to change its Route 622, which operates one run per day on school days only. This proposal re-routes and adds a bus stop on the 622 to serve Tahiti Dr. rather than staying on Crow Canyon Rd. The new stop would be located on Tahiti Dr. north of Bahama Ct. and would be served around 3:15pm on school days.

Currently those seeking to access this neighborhood would have to walk long distances in unsafe conditions. The two nearest stops, highlighted on the map, are located at Alcosta Blvd. @ Woodland Dr. and Crow Canyon Rd. @ Canyon Crest Dr. Both CCCTA and the City of San Ramon support this change.

This routing change, if supported, would go into effect March 18, 2012.

San Ramon Community Center

12501 Alcosta Blvd. – Alcosta Room

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The public is invited to attend the public hearing to comment on any aspect of this proposed change. Those unable to attend the public hearings are encouraged to submit comments in writing to: The County Connection, Director of Finance, 2477 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, CA 94520 or email to bowron@cccta.org

proposed 622 map

proposed 622 map

Service Changes Begin Dec. 26th

County Connection will not be in service on Sunday, December 25th, and several bus routes in will undergo changes effective Monday, December 26, 2011. On Monday, County Connection will operate on a weekend schedule – there are no changes planned for any of the 300 Series weekend bus routes.

The remaining schedule changes are made to accommodate passenger requests, changing school bell times, as well as changing traffic conditions. The new schedules are available now by contacting Customer Service at 925-676-7500, and will be distributed to BART stations, City Offices, libraries, and hospitals beginning December 15th. Changes will be posted on the agency website, www.cccta.org December 23. For immediate schedule information, please call Customer Service at 676-7600.

Changes To Weekday Schedules

  • Routes 2 and 5  –  Several morning and afternoon trips have been adjusted.
  • Route 20  –  Service is being added between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM affecting all trips
  • Route 98X  –  The entire schedule has been rewritten.

 Changes to 600 Series Routes

  • Route 603  –  All school day morning trips leaving Camino Pablo at Canyon are adjusted to leave approximately 10 minutes earlier.
  • Route 616  –  The school day trip leaving Concord BART at 7:20 AM will leave 15 minutes earlier.
  • Route 622  –  All running times are adjusted.

Meet November’s Passenger of the Month

Meet Meira – November Passenger of the Month

Meira is a true champion of public transportation. She made the commitment to support the local service to get to and from her job in Walnut Creek over 15 years ago, and has been riding County Connection ever since.

Over the years, whenever she’d moved, access to the bus lines has been a top priority – right up there with safety and every day amenities. “I like riding the bus – I’ve always felt safe, and have always found the service to be very dependable. Over the years I’ve gotten to know a lot of the drivers and they know me –  and that’s comforting.”

Meira jokes that since she’s been riding so long, she feels like a part owner in the system. In reality, she is. And so is everyone reading this. A small piece of every tax dollar goes to help support all transit systems in the Bay Area.

Meira has also introduced her young grandson to the buses, and he looks to the day when he can ride on his own to get school. I’m sure he’ll be a veteran rider by then.

It’s been a pleasure serving you for so long Meira. We’ll see you on the road.

New Cal State East Bay Shuttle Starts Today

The County Connection will begin providing evening service from the Concord BART station to the Cal State East Bay Concord Campus on Monday, October 10th.  The service will run Monday through Thursday evenings and is provided with a 15-passenger LINK van. Service is free for students, staff, and faculty. Just show your valid student ID.

There will be a total of five round trips with the first van leaving Concord BART at 4:45 PM, and the last van leaving the campus at 10:30 PM.

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Meet Jennifer-October Passenger of the Month

Jennifer is a relative newcomer to County Connection.  When her car broke down a while back she found that she HAD to use the bus and BART to get to her job in Oakland. Much
to her surprise, she found it convenient, reliable, and relaxing, and has continued to use the public transit system for her daily commute.

“The drivers are really nice and helpful. I’ve gotten to know several of them as they rotate between the different bus routes, and they are all very professional, but friendly at the same time.” With a bus stop very near her home, she finds her daily routine to be seamless, and most important –reliable. “The buses are always on time, which makes my commute much morepredictable than when I was driving.”

Not only is Jennifer saving money each month, but her “fear factor” is reduced. She’s interested in using transit systems in other parts of the Bay Area to minimize her reliance on a car.

Another side benefit is that she’s made a very good friend – who turns out to be a neighbor. They both take the bus to get to and from BART and soon found they had a lot in common. “Saving money, cutting down my carbon footprint, a great friend – my car breaking down wasn’t such a bad deal after all!”

Thank you Jennifer, for being such a great spokesperson.

 

Saint Mary’s Gael Rail Shuttle Resumes 8/25/11

The popular late night service between Lafayette BART and Saint Mary’s College will resume service on Thursday, August 25th. The service runs Thursday through Sunday evenings when regular service on the Route 6 ends, and was put in place by Saint Mary’s College to allow students the ability to travel between the College and neighboring communities on weekend evenings whether or not they have access to a car.

Service on both Route 6 and the Gael Rail Shuttle is free to Saint Mary’s students with a valid student ID card and are open to the public at standard fixed-rate fares. The Gael Rail Shuttle is operated using a LINK van and travels from Lafayette BART to the College via Moraga Rd. stopping at all posted bus stops. A unique feature of the Gael Rail Shuttle is that it will stop at safe locations between stops when passengers request, or “flag” down the driver by waving. The shuttle will also travel off route in designated areas to drop off or pick up passengers closer to their destinations.

Information on schedules and pick up requests for the Gael Rail Shuttle is available by calling 943-1829.