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COVID-19 Information Center

Click here for service updates and information on current safety guidelines.

County Connection has been closely monitoring the changes surrounding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The health and safety of County Connection employees, passengers, and the communities we serve remains a top priority and the Authority is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all.

On March 16, 2020, a Stay at Home Order was issued in Contra Costa County, along with six (6) other Bay Area counties. County Connection, alongside other public transit providers across the nation, remained an essential service through this time. As such, County Connection has implemented processes, procedures, and mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These steps were taken following guidance from agencies such the Contra Costa County Department of Health Services (CCHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Regional Collaboration

From a regional perspective, transportation agencies across the Bay Area have also recognized the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, County Connection began working in partnership with other transportation agencies to develop policies, procedures, and other mitigation efforts that included enhanced communication efforts, vehicle modifications, improved sanitation efforts, and modified work schedules. Each of these efforts were done to promote the safety and well-being of employees, passengers, and the communities we serve.

The collaboration of the Bay Area’s twenty-seven (27) operators has led to the development of the Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. This plan provides a unified and comprehensive framework of health and safety commitments, mitigation standards, communication efforts, and responsibilities for transit providers, employees, and passengers across all systems. The Healthy Transit Plan uses guidance from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the World Health Organization (WHO). This plan was also developed in partnership with regional leaders, transit employees, paratransit providers, rider advocates, and public health experts to ensure a safe transportation network in the Bay Area.

A key component of the Healthy Transit Plan is the assessment of plan effectiveness through monitoring and data collection. A metrics dashboard is currently in development by all transportation agencies, which will report the progress of each individual transit operator on the common commitments. Dashboard data will be updated monthly and be publicly accessible. The plan is designed to provide a flexible approach that responds appropriately as new information is gained and as changes surrounding COVID-19 occur.

The Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan and metrics dashboard can be found at www.healthytransitplan.com

APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program

County Connection has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments Program,” the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking all the necessary measures to operate safely as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Program was developed after asking transit users from across the country what measures would make them feel more confident riding public transportation amid concerns about COVID-19. From this research, the industry identified four key areas that transit systems need to address to earn riders’ confidence:

  • Following public health guidelines from official sources
  • Cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles frequently and requiring face coverings and other protections
  • Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times and routes to ride
  • Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill

To learn more, visit apta.com/commitments.


COVID-19 Service Updates

Updated 04/28/2022:

Please note that effective April 28, 2022, masks are required when riding BART. However, masks remain optional on County Connection but are strongly recommended. Click here for more information on BART’s mask policy.

Updated on 04/19/2022:

As a result of a court order, the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandate requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs was rescinded, and masks are no longer required on County Connection buses. However, CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.


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Fall Fare Promotions – 2022

County Connection looks forward to welcoming back more passengers this Fall. Click here for 600-series school route schedules for the 2022/2023 school year. Our buses are operating at full capacity and masks are strongly recommended.

We encourage all of our passengers to learn about our various discounted Clipper programs, including our day pass, youth fare, and Clipper START for low income adults. Learn more about these programs below.

Pass2Class

Take County Connection to school FREE

Skip the traffic and save gas while getting your students to school. With 511 Contra Costa’s Pass2Class program, it’s easy to make the switch. To help students return to school, we’re giving free rides for two months.

Students who are registered in a public or private school (grades 1-12) located in Central or Southwest Contra Costa can receive a County Connection pass that is valid through September (up to 2 per household and while supplies last).

Youth Clipper Discount

Youth (ages 6-18) get 20% off when using a Youth Clipper card

Youth ages 6-18 automatically get 20% off the adult Clipper fare when using a Youth Clipper card on County Connection.

Riders can apply for a Youth Clipper card by submitting an application via mail, email, or fax along with proof-of-age documentation. Once approved, a card will be sent by mail. To obtain a card immediately, call us at (925) 676-7500 to arrange an in-person visit.

Tip: Now you can transfer your existing plastic Youth Clipper card to your phone and pay fares with your mobile wallet! Click here to learn more about paying your fares with a smartphone. Please note that you must apply for and obtain a plastic Youth Clipper card first before transferring it to your phone.

Clipper START Discount

Eligible riders can get discounts on County Connection, BART, & more

Clipper START is a pilot program to provide fare discounts to eligible riders. Participants can receive a 20% discount off County Connection single-ride Clipper fares, plus discounts on BART, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT, Wheels, and more!

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

2022/2023 School Schedules

Please note that face masks are strongly recommended while on the bus.

Fall Fare Promotions: Students can take advantage of several fare promotions and discounts! Click here to learn more.

Last updated:7/14/2022

Find schedules for our 600 series school routes for the 2022/2023 school year below. Note that schedule times on routes may have been adjusted due to bell time changes or to improve on-time performance.

Lamorinda School Districts

Acalanes Union High School District

Route 606: Orinda BART – Miramonte High  –  Orinda Intermediate  –  Lafayette BART

Route 625: Lafayette BART – Happy Valley Rd – Acalanes High

Lafayette School District

Route 626: Lafayette BART – Stanley Middle School – Saint Mary’s College

Orinda Union School District

Route 606: Orinda BART – Miramonte High  –  Orinda Intermediate  –  Lafayette BART

Mt. Diablo School District

By route:

Route 608: VA Clinic – College Park High – Valley View Middle – DVC

Route 611: Concord BART – Oak Grove Rd – Oak Grove Middle

Route 612: Concord BART – Clayton Rd – Pine Hollow Middle

Route 613: Oak Grove Middle – Oak Grove Rd – Detroit Ave – Concord BART

Route 615: Concord High – Olympic High – El Dorado Middle – Concord BART

Route 616: Concord BART – Monument Blvd – Oak Grove Rd – Oak Grove Middle

Route 619: Oak Grove Middle – Pleasant Hill BART

By school:

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

By route:

Route 622: Pine Valley Middle – California High – Crow Canyon Rd

Route 623: Alamo Plaza – Monte Vista High – Camino Tassajara – Crow Canyon Rd

Route 635: Windemere Ranch – Gale Ranch Middle – Dougherty Valley High  –  Tassajara Ranch

Route 636: Iron Horse Middle – Bollinger Canyon Rd – California High – Pine Valley Middle – Dublin/Pleasanton BART

By school:

Walnut Creek School District

By route:

Route 601: Walnut Creek BART – Rossmoor – Walnut Creek Intermediate

Route 602: Walnut Blvd – Trotter Way – Walnut Creek BART – Walnut Creek Intermediate

Route 605: Creekside Dr – Walnut Creek Intermediate

By school:

Free Rides on Monument Corridor Routes

Starting July 1, 2022, free rides will be expanded to include weekend Route 311, 314, & 316!

In July 2019, County Connection began offering free rides on three of its weekday bus routes – Routes 11, 14, and 16. Starting July 1, 2022, free rides will be expanded to weekend Routes 311, 314, and 316. All six routes serve the Monument Corridor in Concord and connect from Concord BART to various destinations in Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek, including BART stations, Martinez Amtrak and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

This project is being funded by a grant through California’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP), which distributes cap-and-trade proceeds to support a wide range of programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver other economic, environmental, and public health benefits for Californians.

Maps & Schedules

Route 11

Concord BART – Oak Grove Rd – Treat Blvd – Pleasant Hill BART
Span of Service: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Frequency: 40-90 min

Route 14

Concord BART – Monument Blvd – Pleasant Hill BART – Walnut Creek BART
Span of Service: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm
Frequency: 30 min

Route 16

Concord BART – Monument Blvd – Gregory Ln – Alhambra Ave – Contra Costa Regional Medical Center – Martinez Amtrak
Span of Service: 5:30 am – 10:00 pm
Frequency: 40 min

Route 311

Concord BART – Oak Grove Rd – Treat Blvd – Pleasant Hill BART – Walnut Creek BART
Span of Service: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Frequency: 60 min

Route 314

DVC – Contra Costa Blvd – Monument Blvd – Concord BART
Span of Service: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Frequency: 30 min

Route 316

Martinez Amtrak – Morello – Arnold – Muir – DVC – Buskirk – Pleasant Hill BART
Span of Service: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Frequency: 75 min

County Connection Scavenger Hunt

County Connection Búsqueda de Tesoros

May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day.  To celebrate, County Connection invites you to participate in our scavenger hunt.

Rules of entry:

Each contestant must submit no later than May 26th 5:00p.m. their entry(ies).

How to enter:

  • Email entries to volk@cccta.org using #CountyConnectionScavengerHunt2022 in subject line
  • Twitter: @cccta
  • Facebook: @CountyConnectionCA
  • Instagram: @countyconnection
  • Use #CCCTAScavengerHunt2022 in your entry

Prize:

Winner will receive a pre-loaded Clipper Card valued at $25.00.

Winner will be notified around May 31, 2022.  The winner will need to submit name, address, and phone number upon notification to receive Clipper Card in mail.

Winning odds is dependent on number of entries.

Questions:

Call Customer Service 925-676-7500 or email volk@cccta.org using #CountyConnectionScaventerHunt in subject line.

SCAVENGER HUNT:

For every two (2) photos submitted, you receive one (1) entry into the drawing:

  1. Photo of a County Connection bus traveling
  2. Photo of you riding on a County Connection bus
  3. Photo of you with a County Connection bus operator
  4. Photo of a County Connection bus with a bike
  5. Photo of a County Connection bus at a bus stop
  6. Photo of a County Connection bus at a BART station
  7. Photo of a County Connection bus at the San Ramon Transit Center
  8. Photo of a County Connection bus at DVC
  9. Photo of a County Connection bus at Amtrak
  10. Photo of a County Connection bus stop (no bus needed)
  11. Photo of a County Connection bus stop with a shelter
  12. Photo of a County Connection bus stop with a bench
  13. Photo of a County Connection bus stop with a schedule information panel
  14. Photo of a County Connection bus schedule
  15. Photo of you with County Connection staff at a Mobile Lobby & Outreach Event
  16. Photo of your choice of Public Transit

Scavenger Hunt 2022 – English

2022 Summer Youth Pass

2022 Summer Youth Pass

Unlimited Bus Rides
June 1 to August 31, 2022
Ages 6–18
Only $30*

 

Retail Locations

County Connection Mobile Lobby – Click here for locations and times

Tri Delta Transit
801 Wilbur Ave, Antioch
Mon-Thurs: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00pm

 

Questions?

Click here for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Have More Questions or Need Help?
Email: store@511contracosta.org
Phone: (925) 322-0365

Program Rules:

Summer Youth Passes are valid on local and express routes operated by County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, and WestCAT. Not valid on Paratransit 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 6-18 year olds 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. No refunds shall be made for purchased passes. Lost or stolen passes shall not be replaced.

County Connection LINK receives award from CalACT

CalACT Board Member Gracie Davis (left) presents County Connection’s Director of ADA & Specialized Services, Rashida Kamara (right), with the Outstanding Paratransit Program Award at the 2022 Spring Conference & EXPO in Newport Beach, CA.

In late April 2022, County Connection was presented with the Outstanding Paratransit Program Award by the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) at its spring conference in Newport Beach, CA. CalACT is a statewide transit association representing small, rural, and specialized transportation providers.

The Outstanding Paratransit Program Award recognizes paratransit programs that have demonstrated achievement in efficiency, effectiveness, and customer service. County Connection LINK was recognized as a paratransit program that stood out as such by providing essential and innovative services during the pandemic.

Through its contracted operator Transdev, County Connection LINK serves more than 1,700 ADA-eligible customers with close to 70,000 annual trips within a service area of roughly 200 square miles covering over 480,000 residents. The success of the agency’s LINK paratransit program stems from the staff’s dedication to the paratransit community as well as the Contra Costa County community as a whole. During the pandemic, County Connection LINK has been involved in transporting ADA-eligible riders throughout Contra Costa County through the One Seat Regional Ride Program, delivering meals to disadvantaged elderly residents in partnership with Meals on Wheels, and transporting COVID-19 positive residents to medical services. These operational and financial partnerships reflect the goals and policies set forth by the agency’s leadership and ensure that LINK paratransit customers are served safely, reliably, and efficiently.

Notice of Proposed DBE Goal

NOTICE OF PROPOSED THREE-YEAR OVERALL DBE GOAL

The Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) announces a 5.9% proposed overall goal for
participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) in CCCTA contracting opportunities
that are budgeted to receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation
(DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) during federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2023 through
2025.

Information on the development of the proposed goal and rationale is available for inspection
at the CCCTA office, 2477 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, CA 94520 for thirty (30) days
following the date of this notice. Any person may also submit comments regarding the
proposed goal to the DBE Officer for thirty (30) days from the date of this notice.
Please contact Kristina Martinez, DBE Officer at (925) 680-2031 or kmartinez@cccta.org to
schedule an appointment for inspection of the proposed goal or to request inspection of the
proposed goal electronically.

Bill Churchill, General Manager
May 5, 2022

Service Changes Effective February 20, 2022

Spring service changes will take effect starting Sunday, February 20, 2022, and will include changes to Routes 10, 16, 17, 92X, 98X, 601, 603, 611, 612, and 616.

RouteChangeNew Schedule
10Added PM tripDownload PDF
16Added PM tripDownload PDF
17Revised ScheduleDownload PDF
92XRemoved AM TripDownload PDF
98XRevised ScheduleDownload PDF
601Removed Crest LoopDownload PDF
603Removed From Service – alternate service available on Route 6Download PDF
611Added AM Trip to Concord BARTDownload PDF
612Added AM Trip to Concord BARTDownload PDF
616Added AM Trip to Concord BARTDownload PDF