SchoolPool_sq Enrollment for the 2015 SchoolPool program is now open! SchoolPool is a program that encourages students to use public transit to get to & from school by offering free introductory County Connection or Tri Delta Transit bus passes for up to 2 students per household. The program is open to students enrolled in middle or high schools (grades 6-12) in Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Oakley, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and the unincorporated areas of Central and East Contra Costa County.... Read the rest
20150514_072907 On Thursday, May 14, over 100,000 people across the Bay Area commuted by bike in celebration of Bike to Work Day! The Bay’s 400-plus energizer stations saw more than 51,000 riders stop in or ride by on their way to work. In Contra Costa, morning energizer station hosts counted over 3,585 cyclists! Even with the threat of rain, thousands of people still grabbed their bikes for the commute to work – some for the very first time!... Read the rest
CONGRATULATIONS to Alexandria Rickli, a 6th grader from J. Douglas Adams Middle School in Brentwood. The Central/East office of 511 Contra Costa conducted a student artwork contest among middle schools in Central and Eastern Contra Costa County for the 2014 511 Contra Costa market bag design.  The winning artwork of Alexandria Rickli was chosen among 12 entries.  The theme of the artwork contest was Explore New Ways to Get Around: carpool, transit, bike, skateboard and walk and was to depict how these environmentally-friendly ways of getting around help reduce pollution and promote clean air.  ... Read the rest
question-mark Two weeks ago, we asked you to share your hottest transportation questions. Our trusty readers didn’t hold back! Let’s see what they said (and how we can help them find answers). Keep these questions coming, either in the comments below, Facebook, or Twitter. Is it possible to add a bike lane from Pinole to Martinez and back? I try to commute on Alhambra Valley Rd as much as possible but it’s very narrow and vehicles drive a little too close.... Read the rest
For the second time, Brentwood has received the League of American Bicyclists bronze distinction on its “Bicycle Friendly Communities” list. Brentwood was first placed on the list in 2006 by the national biking advocacy group. This year, Brentwood was one of eight communities to successfully renew its distinction. From the Contra Costa Times: The league conferred the award on Brentwood this time based on the number of bike lanes and trails it has, one of the five categories in which contenders were judged.... Read the rest
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently released the “Pavement Management Index,” which classifies pavement conditions in nine Bay Area counties and 101 cities from Very Good to Poor. Congratulations to Brentwood for being ranked the highest! Contra Costa County was also ranked Very Good. Other cities in Contra Costa County were classified as follows: Good Concord, Oakley, San Pablo, Clayton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Hercules, Danville, Lafayette, Antioch, Pinole Fair Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg At-Risk Martinez, Moraga, Richmond, El Cerrito Poor Orinda... Read the rest
Construction on BART’s eastward extension, which will span 10 miles from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station towards Hillcrest Avenue, is set to begin this fall. The extension will fulfill the first phase of the eBart project, which aims to bring BART into East County. It should be completed by 2015. BART will be providing a project overview and gathering feedback about fares, station access, and hours of operation at three venues next week.... Read the rest