New Buses Ready For Service – County Connection

New Buses Ready For Service

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Date: June 24, 2014

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County Connection’s Newest Buses Ready for Service

CONCORD, Calif. – County Connection will roll out its newest buses next week.  Locally made in the Bay Area by Gillig Corporation, the seven newly acquired low-floor, 30-foot coaches will replace County Connection buses that have been in service for over 12 years.  Under the hood, the buses will be equipped with an elaborate catalytic reduction and gas recirculation system that makes the engines of these new buses 90-percent cleaner than the buses being replaced.

“It is exciting to offer our passengers next generation buses,” said Bob Simmons, County Connection Board Chair and City of Walnut Creek Council Member.  “The new coaches are also more environmentally-friendly, offering better fuel mileage and burning less emissions per gallon than the models they are replacing.”

A lower-floor bus means County Connection riders can easily enter and exit the vehicle and increases the accessibility for riders with disabilities because of its wide front aisles that contribute to better wheelchair maneuverability.  The new buses have cushioned seats that accommodate 23 people (with additional room for standees).

County Connection has a history of purchasing buses from Hayward-based Gillig Corporation. The investment in the new coaches not only complies with Buy America provisions, but also supports a local company and its employees.

About County Connection

County Connection operates a fleet of 112 clean diesel and 9 hybrid diesel buses in fixed-route service and 63 gas-powered vans in door-to-door service.  For assistance or for more information on bus routes, please visit or call Customer Service at (925) 676-7500.


8 thoughts on “New Buses Ready For Service

  • I wish they stop sealing off the windows even if its just at the top it gets really smelly and your trapped with a smelly bus but the driver gets to open their window and when its not too hot its better to have fresh air instead of recycled air, I hate that feeling in my lungs just a thought.

    • The issue of windows is an ongoing one with arguments on both sides :(. In the meantime, if it gets too stuffy, ask the op to put on interior air/fans.

      • Those are mostly the problem they are also smelly and bad for the lungs when the trips are long, its always better to have more than one option, to use whats best needed at that moment, ive rode all kinds of buses all over the state and country, the more options they can afford the better. Thanks

        • I totally agree, one time my asthma flared up so bad I couldn’t take it anymore staying inside the bus even if the ac is on because it smells horrible… I ended up taking an early stop and walking the rest of the day so I felt much better.. I too hope for a change.

          • Me too, their saying theres arguments on both sides but only one side clearly had any say and only one side got what they wanted, no compromises are ever made. Thanks for the feedback I have asthma as well and knew I couldn’t be the only one.

          • On the other hand, this week is hot and humid. Insects thrive in this weather. I’d suggest staying on buses and wearing long sleeves and slacks to avoid such diseases as West Nile Virus.

  • As a former resident of the
    San Francisco Bay area-and
    having rode on routes 110/121/
    and 930-this is good to read.

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