Bay Area traffic is bad. In fact, it’s the second-worst in the nation. So why aren’t more people carpooling? Because carpooling can be difficult. With Scoop, it’s easy. The Scoop app connects you with commuters traveling in the same direction, building your carpool for you. The app even handles directions and rider-to-driver payments. All you need to do is tell the app where you’re starting from, where you’re headed, and what time you want to leave before the deadline (9pm for the morning commute, 3:30pm for the afternoon) and it does the rest.... Read the rest
Starting in mid-May 2017, construction work will begin on the northern parking lots of the Lafayette Station as part of the Station Site Improvements Project. The work will take approximately 8 months and be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will include the temporary relocation of the ADA lot and intermodal zone. Phase 2 will include the temporary relocation of the permit lot adjacent to Happy Valley Rd. The entrance to the north side of the Lafayette BART station will remain open during construction.... Read the rest
This October, 511 Contra Costa is offering cash rewards to commuters who try a greener way to get to work.  Trade driving alone for a more eco-friendly alternative and get rewarded with $25, $50… maybe even $100 in the Text-Your-Commute Challenge! For three weeks in October, participants will log their commute choices (e.g. carpool, bike + train) by responding to twice-daily texts, accumulating points for each ‘clean’ trip they make. With 15 clean one-way trips they’re guaranteed a $25 reward.... Read the rest
Earth Day is a chance to consider changes we can make to reduce our burden on the planet. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day, try this: pick a day this month and change up your commute and rideshare, walk, bike or take transit to work! Here’s how switching from driving alone to work – even one day a week – benefits both you and the planet: Good for the Environment: According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), taking public transportation is one of the most significant actions a household can take to reduce their carbon emissions.... Read the rest
Know someone whose go-to mode of transportation is their bicycle? Someone who’d rather ride than drive? A person who uses their bike to get to work, grab groceries or take the kids to school? If so, nominate them for Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY)! The Contra Costa BCOY award recognizes an individual’s dedication to riding their bike for everyday transportation. If you know someone who routinely chooses riding their bike over driving, nominate them now.... Read the rest
Bike to Work Day is a promotional event to encourage the use of a bicycle instead of a car. NOTE: For the most up-to-date information, click through to the 2016 Bike To Work Day Page About Bike To Work Day Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) Team Bike Challenge & Company Bike Challenge Need Help Planning Your Route? Contra Costa County Energizer Stations Want to Host an Energizer Station? Our 2016 Local Hosts Add Bike To Work Day to your calendar: iCalendar  •  Google Calendar  •  Outlook   About Bike To Work Day On Thursday, May 12, there will be over 400 Energizer Stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area where cyclists can stop by for refreshments and promotional items.... Read the rest
You’ve probably noticed that traffic congestion in the Bay Area is as bad as it’s ever been, starting at 5 o’clock each morning. Congestion isn’t expected to get better anytime soon and is increasing faster than population and employment. So if you’ve been considering making the switch from commuting alone by car, now is the perfect time! Here are 6 great reasons to make this the month you change up your commute: #1: ‘Drive Less’ Commuter Incentive: Make the switch from driving alone to carpooling, taking transit, bicycling or walking for your commute even one day a week and 511 Contra Costa will give you a cash reward as part of the Drive Less Commuter Incentive Program.... Read the rest
511 Contra Costa has teamed up with Tri Delta Transit to offer East County commuters a free 20-Ride pass! You’re eligible for the pass if you: Commute to and from work Are 18 years of age or older Live or work in East Contra Costa Have access to a car & would drive alone if Tri Delta Transit were not available, and Agree to complete a follow-up survey If you meet the requirements, requesting a free 20-Ride pass is as simple as filling out this online form.... Read the rest
As part of a Federal spending-and-tax bill which was passed in December, this year commuters will be able to set aside up to $255 per month in pre-tax dollars to pay for public transportation. Not only is this a substantial increase over last year’s pre-tax transit benefit ($130), but now the benefit to transit commuters is equal to the parking benefit offered to commuters who drive. The new law also guarantees that the two benefits will remain equal in the future.... Read the rest
In October, Governor Brown signed legislation into law which clarifies how electric bicycles (e-bikes) should be operated in the state of California. The law, which takes effect January 1, creates three classes of e-bikes. Class 1 consists of pedal-assist e-bikes while Class 2 consists of e-bikes with throttles. Both classes are limited to motor-assisted speeds of 20 miles per hour and will be allowed to use the same lanes, paths & roadways as traditional (non-electric) bicycles.... Read the rest