Contra Costa Air Quality

Is carpooling for you? Here’s a quick test: Do you dislike sitting in traffic, enjoy saving money and wouldn’t mind a little company on the drive to work? If you answered “yes”, keep reading. Myths Debunked “It’s hard to find people to carpool with.” Finding people to carpool with is actually easier than it’s ever been. Beyond networking with friends, neighbors & co-workers to create a traditional carpool, apps like Lyft Line, UberPOOL, Scoop and Carzac help you connect with a carpool one ride at a time with no long-term commitment.... Read the rest
Peer-to-peer car-sharing services continue to grow, and this poster seems to captures why: it’s cheap and easy, lettings folks “rent cars by the hour” from people in their neighborhood. Photo credit: Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester In the Bay Area we are fortunate to have a variety of ways of getting around for work, shop, and play. Recently, BART and bicycling (including bike-sharing) have received a lot of attention but there’s a glorious buffet of transportation options out there.... Read the rest
Get ready for the next BART strike!  We put together a list of tips for commuters preparing in the event of a second BART strike next week. BART is providing the following options: Carpooling Click here to download a PDF of the image above Try casual carpooling from select BART stations or BART Park n Ride locations to San Francisco.  BART has made arrangements for a casual carpool pickups to occur at one of 3 locations in downtown San Francisco.... Read the rest
Image credit: Lorraine Blanco The last BART strike occurred in 1997 and lasted 6 days. Here is a list of transportation resources during a continued BART strike. Getting Around KQED put together a great post of transportation alternatives listed by agency. Options ranging from carpooling, biking, taking the bus, ferries and trains are all covered. If you are driving, visit for traffic information. Visit for information getting to and from SFO and OAK.... Read the rest
Hey @lyft, looking good @hollymac @dogkiwi. Catching a ride with someone via Lyft, as indicated by the car wearing an iconic pink mustache. Photo credit: lizasperling Let’s face it, it was only a matter of time. You have a smart phone, you just got out of a meeting and want to get across town. So you pull out your phone and within minutes someone comes to pick you up. What is this being described? It’s a new breed of carpool apps in action.... Read the rest
a perfectly squared vision of the embarcadero Market Street, San Francisco. Photo credit: torbakhopper Head’s up! 511CC has a new commuter incentive program page! Learn how you can partake in the Drive Less Commuter Incentive Program and get a cash reward for switching from commuting in a single-occupant motor vehicle to carpooling, transit, bicycling or walking. Driving less really can help reduce environmental impacts and relieve traffic congestion for all, even if you only ditch the car once a week for your work commute.... Read the rest
It’s back! The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area companies to encourage the use of commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling rather than driving alone to work to reduce greenhouse gases and smog levels in the Bay Area. Last year, 190 companies throughout the Bay Area saved 435 tons of CO2 by using commute alternatives. Register your company to get started by August 31, 2012.... Read the rest
Save money and time on your commute and share the ride! 511 Contra Costa’s updated Park and Ride page will help those seeking a more economical and tolerable commute. Park and Ride lots help you connect with carpools and vanpools. Make commute less stressful by  reducing the amount of driving you have to do. Once you find someone to carpool or vanpool with, select one of several locations throughout the Bay Area to meet up, and then ride in a car or vanpool to work.... Read the rest
If you have a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle, and enjoy HOV lane access with your yellow “Clean Air” sticker, we have bad news for you. The yellow Clean Air stickers will no longer allow HOV lane access – effective July 1. You might as well have fun taking off those newly useless stickers!... Read the rest
Commuting and grocery shopping – two things you have to do anyway. 511 has a way to make both of them much cheaper. You can already use the new RideMatch system to find vanpool and carpool ride(r)s online, but when you log your week’s commutes from now through July, you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for rewards. You only have to commute to work eight days a month to win a $100 grocery gift card or 2GB iPod Shuffle with a $10 iTunes Gift Card.... Read the rest