The County Connection Board of Directors recently approved service changes proposed for Routes 2, 5, and 7. This proposal originated in the Adaptive Service Analysis Plan conducted in 2013 and evolved through extensive public outreach.
Approved changes include:
- Make no changes in Martinez
- Route 2: Retain two morning and two evening commute trips. Re-route via Broadway
- Route 5: Streamline service to BART and increase frequency
- Route 7: Streamline service between Shadelands and Pleasant Hill BART, and increase frequency
The public comments reflected a significant need for the Route 19 and the need for a modest level of service on the Route 2. As the Martinez Shuttle was contingent on savings from eliminating the Route 19, and the recommended re-routing of Route #28 was not supported, the staff recommendation was to keep all service in Martinez intact and not implement a Community Shuttle.
Route 2 was revised to retain 2 morning commute trips and 2 evening commute trips and re-route the service via Broadway instead of California.
Route 5 route alignment will be modified to provide more direct service between Creekside and Walnut Creek BART. Route 5 will operate on 20-minute frequency during peak commute hours and 45 minutes during the midday. Currently the Route 5 operates on 35-minute frequency during commute times and over 90 minute during midday.
Route 7 service between Pleasant Hill BART and Shadelands will be expedited by eliminating the portion of the route that serves Walnut Creek BART. It is recommended that this service operate on 15-minute frequencies between the hours of 7:00am and 10:30am and 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Currently it operates on 45 minute frequencies.
For the complete staff report including proposed route alignment maps see below.