Posted Sep 11, 2014
If you’ve got a teenage driver in the house, or a teen who’ll be driving soon, a great way to help them stay safer behind the wheel is to bring them to the CHP Smart Start Driving Safety Program. This two-hour driver safety class targets new and future licensed teenage drivers and their parents. On the evening of Wednesday, September 17th, all are invited to attend the Smart Start class at Alhambra High School.... Read the rest
Posted Sep 5, 2014
Both BART and County Connection have announced the return of programs offering free passes for school trips. Thanks to funding from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Free BART Rides for School Field Trips’ program is back and will offer 40,000 free trips for students, teachers and chaperones traveling with their schools to cultural and educational destinations. Bay Area schools in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties are eligible to apply and applications are currently being taken on a first-come, first-served basis through December 31st, 2014.... Read the rest
Posted Sep 3, 2014
A proposal by the Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) could result in ferry service between Richmond and San Francisco as early as 2015. WETA (the operator of San Francisco Bay Ferry) is responsible for establishing new ferry routes that reduce traffic congestion and can serve as critical transportation in the event of an emergency. Although Martinez, Antioch and Hercules were among the potential locations considered for terminals in Contra Costa, “The most financially feasible is Richmond,” said Kevin Connolly, Manager of Planning and Development with WETA.... Read the rest
Posted Aug 27, 2014
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is updating the Countywide Transportation Plan and they would like to hear your ideas on how to keep Contra Costa moving. CCTA is responsible for maintaining and improving Contra Costa’s transportation system by planning and funding key projects, like the Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore, Highway 4 widening, and BART system extensions. The agency also helps maintain local streets, reduce traffic congestion, and make Contra Costa safe for bicyclists and pedestrians all in efforts to get you where you need to go.... Read the rest
Posted Aug 25, 2014
As schools are back in session safety officials urge motorists to be especially mindful of  their driving behavior in and around school zones and school buses. A bus in front of San Jose’s Burnett Middle School with red lights flashing and stop sign deployed is ignored by drivers passing on the left. (Mercury News archives) (Rick E. Martin) Do not pass a school bus with its flashing red lights and stop sign extended in either direction on an undivided highway.... Read the rest
Posted Aug 20, 2014
As students return to school, parents will need to consider how their students will get to school. Will it be by school bus? Public transit? Carpool? Biking? Walking? It’s an important decision, so we’ve collected the information you’ll need to determine your transportation options and which one is best for you. Not only do we have information on where to register for the Lamorinda and San Ramon Valley school buses, but we have free back-to-school transit passes and information on which public bus routes serve the various Contra Costa schools, setting up carpooling, and more!... Read the rest
Posted Aug 14, 2014
The California Highway Patrol, Street Smarts Diablo, and Pittsburg High School are hosting the CHP Start Smart Driving Safety Program for teen drivers and their parents August 19, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building.  Registration is FREE and open to all Pittsburg students and parents. Registration is requested. Click here to register.  For more information call Street Smarts Diablo at 925-969-1083. Start Smart is a two-hour driver safety education class given by the CHP.... Read the rest
Posted Aug 5, 2014
8/6/14 – CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Nighttime Closures on Westbound I-80 to Begin in Early August - Plan for Detours Caltrans will soon install the first in a series of eleven approximately 25-foot-high overhead sign frames that will span the width of the westbound I-80 lanes. In the coming months, the sign frames will be installed between Cutting Boulevard in Richmond and Powell Street in Emeryville, necessitating lane and full westbound freeway closures in the vicinity of the installations.... Read the rest
Posted Aug 1, 2014
TRANSPAC Executive Director Recruitment The Position  The Executive Director is the administrator of major transportation programs and projects in Central Contra Costa County.  S/he will supervise 511 Contra Costa, the Transportation Demand Management program and manage a team of up to nine staff. In cooperation with the TRANSPAC Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for strategic planning and visioning for the agency. This is a full time position including preparation of two TRANSPAC meeting agendas and attendance at TRANSPAC and multiple other committee meetings per month.... Read the rest
Posted Jul 23, 2014
Skirts can be lots of fun, but can be a huge hassle on two wheels. How to keep your lovely garment from getting tangled or otherwise being a pain? These ladies from across the pond have a simple solution: put a penny in yo’ pants. Find a penny or something similar. Find a rubber band. Now put on your “favourite” skirt! Push the penny from the back of your skirt to the front, through both layers.... Read the rest