Teens – County Connection

Clipper Fare Changes: More Discounts & Lower Express Fares 

Youth Clipper, Clipper START, and Express Routes are lowering their fares

Beginning January 1, 2024, it will be more affordable to ride County Connection with a Youth Clipper or Clipper START card, with fares going from 20% to 50% off for eligible riders. And, Clipper fares on all County Connection express routes are going down in price, matching our local route Clipper fares. Yup, that’s half off to ride with Youth Clipper and Clipper START, and only $2 whether you travel on our express or local routes.  

Why the change? In the years following the pandemic, public transit agencies continue to look for ways to simplify the fare rate structure across the region. This is in part to incentivize ridership but is also a move toward increased consistency with broader regional policies. (Translation: We want public transit to be an easy and affordable option for everyone.) 


LocalExpressAll Routes
AdultSingle Ride$2.00$2.25$2.00
Youth Clipper (5-18)/
Clipper START
Single Ride$1.60$1.80$1.00
BART-to-Bus Transfer$0.80$0.50
All31-day Pass$60.00$70.00$60.00


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Youth Clipper is available for ages 6-18 and is great for youth who want to save money and ride public transit at half the cost of an Adult Clipper card (beginning January 1, 2024). To apply: 


Clipper START is a regional pilot program to provide single-ride discounts to eligible riders. To qualify you must: 

  • Be a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area   
  • Be 19-64 years old   
  • Not have an RTC Clipper Card for people with disabilities   
  • Have a household income of 200% of the federal poverty level or less  


Beginning January 1, 2024, County Connection express route fares on Clipper will be reduced from $2.25 to $2.00 for adults, and from $1.80 to $1.00 for Youth Clipper and Clipper START card holders.  

In addition, the East Bay Regional 31-Day Local Pass ($60) will be valid on all County Connection routes, including Express routes, and the 31-Day Express Pass ($70) will be eliminated. The 31-Day Local Pass will continue to be accepted on Tri Delta Transit, Wheels, and WestCAT (except LYNX) buses. 

Pass2Class – Free Bus Passes for Students

Pass2Class for 2023/24 school year now available! Pass2Class offers free bus passes to Contra Costa students at the beginning of the school year to encourage the use of bus transportation to and from school. The 2023 program offers free County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT, or AC Transit bus passes for up to two (2) students per household for up to two months.

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Pass2Class Eligibility Requirements

  • The application must be completed by a parent / guardian.
  • The parent/guardian must agree to have their student take the bus for travel to and from school instead of being driven in a family vehicle.
  • Students must be 19 years of age or younger and enrolled in a public or private school (grades 1-12) located in Contra Costa County.
  • The parent/guardian must agree to complete a follow-up survey and agree to receive 511 Contra Costa’s monthly e-newsletter.

Pass2Class is made available with funding from Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

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Summer Youth Pass 2023

Last day to purchase: Friday, July 21, 2023

Looking for discounts on public transit this summer? The Summer Youth Pass might be your answer! If you live in Contra Costa County, you can ride Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT, or County Connection unlimited for $30 all summer long. Now, that’s a deal. (You can’t even see 3 summer blockbuster movies for that much.)

Summer Youth Pass Details

  • Valid June 1-August 31, 2023
  • Eligible for ages 6-18 years
  • Participants must live, work, or attend school in Contra Costa County. Proof of eligibility may be required.
  • Limited to five (5) passes per household.

See service area maps:

Program Rules:

  • Summer Youth Passes are valid on local and express routes operated by County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, and WestCAT from June 1, 2023 to August 31, 2023. Not valid on Paratransit, Tri MyRide and Transbay services.
  • Actual pass price $60. Advertised $30 price reflects a $30 supplement per pass provided by 511 Contra Costa. Passes receiving the 511 Contra Costa supplement are limited in quantity and available only while supplies last.
  • The 511 Contra Costa supplement is available to youth ages 6-18 who reside, work, or attend school in Contra Costa County only. Proof of eligibility may be required. Limit five (5) passes per household.
  • Summer Youth Passes are non-refundable, non-redeemable and non-transferable. No refunds shall be made for purchased passes. Lost or stolen passes shall not be replaced. No refunds shall be made if one or more participating transit agency provides free fares during validity period.
  • Summer Youth Pass is made available with funding from Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Two New 2-For-1 Offers

Now through June 30, 2013 commuters can apply for either a free Value Express Monthly bus pass, or a free 20-Ride Commuter Card when you purchase one of the passes.

The East Bay Value Express Monthly pass is good for unlimited rides on any County Connection Express bus route (90 series bus routes). The pass is also accepted on Tri Delta Transit, Wheels, and WestCAT fixed route buses.

The Commuter Card is  designed for those using BART and the bus in their commute, and is good for 20 bus fares and 20 BART transfer fares.

This special offer is sponsored by 511 Contra Costa is is valid through June 30, 2013. One free pass per household. Return the appropriate application with your payment to:

County Connection – Pass Sales,  2477 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, CA 94520

CCCTA Express Monthly BOGO Application

CCCTA Commuter Card BOGO Application

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.


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