walktoschoolimage Walk to School Day began in the US in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. Now the event is part of a year-round movement for Safe Routes to School, with an annual celebration each October. This year, 11 Contra Costa County schools in 5 cities are teaming up with Street Smarts Diablo to celebrate Walk to School Day! School events in Concord, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek will happen on October 7, while Brentwood and Oakley schools will celebrate on October 21.... Read the rest
511cc Bike Valet Farmers' Market Valet park your bike at the Pleasant Hill Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 3, and you’ll be entered to win $20 in Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association “Carrot Cash”! Roll in, leave your bike with the 511CC bike valet staff and they’ll give you a claim check for your bicycle and keep it safe while you shop. The new bike valet service is a joint effort between 511CC and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association to encourage patrons to choose cycling as their way to get to and from the Market.... Read the rest
Bay Area Express Lanes I-680 Construction of a portion of the Bay Area Express Lanes on I-680 (between Walnut Creek and San Ramon) has begun and is scheduled to last approximately 15 months. Construction includes installation of variable message signs and overhead toll readers, concrete foundations for overhead freeway sign structures, and laying conduit and fiber optic communications cables for traffic management system communications. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is scheduling construction work so that it will have minimal impacts on traffic.... Read the rest
bartlogo Monday, September 14, was the first day for BART’s new train schedule, designed to provide crowding relief while the Bay waits for the Fleet of the Future to arrive.  The number of cars scheduled to be in service during the rush hours will be at a record high, with additional improvements provided during non-peak hours. Service Improvement Highlights Rush hour trains added to Pittsburg/Bay Point to SFO line Richmond to Millbrae line direct weekday service extended to 9pm Train cars added during rush hours to all other transbay routes The elimination of the three car train More show-up-and-go service for BART to OAK Pittsburg/Bay Point Line All rush hour Pittsburg/Bay Point- San Francisco International Airport (SFO) line trains, which operate end-to-end, will be lengthened to the maximum length of 10 cars.... Read the rest
SBCWinner This year, 511 Contra Costa held it’s first-ever Pleasant Hill Summer Youth Bike Challenge (SYBC). From June 1 to August 29, kids were encouraged to explore Pleasant Hill by bicycle, checking off destinations on their Challenge card as they went. Not only were participants able to get free stuff through out the summer, like Jamba Juice, kettle corn, froyo, and swim time at Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park, everyone who submitted a completed Challenge card was in the running to win an iPad Mini.... Read the rest
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is gathering public input to help prioritize what projects and programs should be included in their long-term roadmap for future investments – the Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP). Giving your input is both easy and fun thanks to the CCTA’s online investment game. The way the game works is simple: You start with ten ‘coins’ which you spend on the projects most important to you. Projects are grouped by category (e.g.... Read the rest
511CC logo square We’ve collected the transit schedules for Labor Day to make it easier to know which buses and trains are running and how often to expect them. For more information about specific schedules, click the links below. Transit Operators Running Sunday Service on Labor Day AC Transit BART Capitol Corridor Tri Delta Transit – Only Routes 392, 393, 394 & 395 in service WestCAT – Only Express J in service Wheels (LAVTA) – No Rapid service available No Service County Connection... Read the rest
511CC logo square County Connection, AC Transit, SolTrans & Wheels (LAVTA) have all announced upcoming service changes. Here’s what you need to know: Agency: County Connection Changes Take Effect: August 16 Full Details: http://www.countyconnection.com Digest: Route 1M – New Service: Service to the Marchbanks neighborhood is being restored between WC BART, John Muir Medical Center and Marchbanks Route 3 – New Martinez Community Shuttle: New route will serve Amtrak, CC Regional Medical Center, Adult Education Serivces, Kaiser, Arnold Dr, and the Senior Center Route 19: Alignment changes to serve Sun Valley Mall and Diamond Blvd Route 310: Two AM and two PM trips added between Concord BART and Clayton/Kirker Route 314: Trip added leaving DVC at 6:10pm 600 Series: Changes to the 611, 613, 616, and 619 school day service Agency: AC Transit Changes Take Effect: August 23 Full Details: http://www.actransit.org Digest: Line 800 will operate more frequently on Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning, with service every 20 minutes from 12:30am–6:30am On Sunday mornings, buses will operate every 30 minutes from 6:30am–7:30am Line 76: Two new trips added heading toward El Cerrito del Norte BART on weekdays, leaving Hilltop Mall at 7:13am and 2:24pm Minor schedule changes to Line 72R and G Agency: Wheels (LAVTA) Changes Take Effect: August 22 Full Details: http://www.wheelsbus.com Digest: Route 70X has been modified to bypass Walnut Creek in the non-commute direction, operating directly from Dublin to Pleasant Hill in the AM and directly from Pleasant Hill to Dublin in the PM Route 12/12X: Certain trips of the 12X and trips that begin at the Airway Park-n-Ride have been re-arranged within the schedule Route 54: The 5:36am trip is to be discontinued Route 503: The PM schedule has been re-arranged to accommodate Wells Middle School and Dublin High School with separate trips; the previously operated 5:30pm trip has been moved to 5:00pm in order to accommodate the after-school program at Dublin High School Route 501: A second, later departure has been added in the PM to accommodate the after-school program at Dublin High School Schedule changes to Route 3, 10, 12, 54, 70X, 501, 502, 503, 603, 607, 609, and 610 Agency: SolTrans Changes Take Effect: August 15 Full Details: http://www.soltransride.com Digest: Minor adjustments to printed schedules for Route 80 & 80s (1-2 minutes) to accurately reflect travel time... Read the rest
Age Well Drive Smart square The California Highway Patrol knows that driving is freedom. Helping seniors preserve that freedom is the focus of their Age Well Drive Smart program. On August 7, CHP – Contra Costa invites you to take their free Age Well Drive Smart class in Walnut Creek. This two-hour interactive program is designed to help Contra Costa County’s senior drivers refresh their knowledge of the “rules of the road” and learn about age-related physical changes and how to adjust to them.... Read the rest
National Night Out 2015 The California Highway Patrol – Contra Costa invites you to celebrate National Night Out with them on Tuesday, August 4 from 3-6pm! Click to enlarge image National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer. On August 4, CHP – Contra Costa will be hosting a National Night Out gathering at their Martinez headquarters, featuring: Free child safety seat inspections/installations Free bicycle helmet giveaways Additional free gifts for the kids, and A police utility vehicle on display for the children to check out Everyone is invited!  ... Read the rest