Contra Costa County | 511 Contra Costa - Part 2

What is Safe Routes to Schools?

511CC has been assisting adults with information on ways to minimize the use of the car for errands and commutes for 20 years.  However lasting behavior change starts at a young age and with Safe Routes to Schools, walking, bicycling, and alternative transportation education is being implemented in the primary schools.
Safe Routes to Schools programs across the country educate school-aged children and their parents on ways to bike and walk to school safely with practical hands-on training.
In Contra Costa County,  students at participating schools enjoy a range of similar activities through Peace on the Streets: Ride On!, including:

  • Road simulations and bike rodeos in Physical Education classes
  • Parent Education Meeting with local police, health professionals, and city staff
  • Commute Alternative Challenge Day
  • A stunt and safety assembly.

In October 2010, 511 Contra Costa staff developed the first week-long Peace on the Streets; Ride On! course. The program had two principle goals in five schools:

  1. To educate and inspire middle school students to bike and walk safely to school
  2. To identify existing barriers to biking and walking at each particular school site while also assessing the school’s various transportation-related needs

Thanks to strong community support, each Peace on the Streets: Ride On! school was able to lower its single-occupancy vehicle trips by 44 percent on Commute Alternative Challenge Days. Since that enormous success, 511 Contra Costa continues rolling out the program to other middle schools through 2013.  Martinez Mr. High and Douglas Adams Jr. High School will have host Peace of the Streets: Ride On! events later this fall.  Would you like Peace on the Streets: Ride On! at your child’s middle school? Contact Street Smarts Diablo.
International Walk to School Day is October 3, 2012.  On top of that  511 Contra Costa will celebrate International Walk to School Day in Central and East Contra Costa by supporting with posters, banners, tally sheets, and incentives to participating schools.  Do you want to celebrate  International Walk to School Day at your school? Contact Kayla Jossey.  *Peace on the Streets; Ride On! and support for International Walk to School Day is offered to schools located in Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Knightsen, Oakley, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek.
 

Caves? In Contra Costa County?

You read us correctly. Contra Costa County’s own Vasco Caves are part of the East Bay Regional Parks District, and ready for you to explore.
From the East Bay Parks website:
Vasco Caves Regional Preserve is home to a stunning and unique combination of resources. Spectacular rock outcrops break suddenly from the rolling eastern foothills of Mount Diablo, providing magnificent scenery for hikers and geologists alike. Though ancient, the Preserve’s resources are extraordinarily fragile, and exist today because of the land’s isolation and past efforts to keep it secret.
The Preserve is home to endangered red-legged frogs, tiger salamanders, and fairy shrimp, and is habitat for kit foxes, eagles, and a variety of nesting raptors. Its robust grasslands are a successful demonstration of native bunchgrass restoration using sheep grazing. The archaeological sites of Vasco Caves Regional Preserve contain Indian rock art, part of a complex that reaches back nearly 10,000 years.
Because the fragile caves and endangered wildlife, getting to the caves is a little tricky. On the otherhand, the best way to see the caves is probably with a naturalist guide, anyway. For tour information and reservations, call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2, then 3. Continue reading “Caves? In Contra Costa County?”

Contra Costa Transportation Meetings

Do you ever wonder how transportation projects move up through cities, counties, regions, and states to get federal funding?
It has a lot to do with a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Our next RTP is being planned right now. If you want a say in how we use our regional, state, and federal funds for transportation, this is your opportunity.
Do you want to see more bike lanes? More trails? Better sidewalks for walking? More frequent, reliable, or available buses? More BART extensions? More carpool lanes? More services for our senior citizens? More Complete Streets? Fewer potholes? Wider freeways?
Make your voice heard! Come to one of these meetings to learn about the RTP process and let Contra Costa County know what types of transportation projects are most important to you.
East County (TRANSPLAN)
Thursday, April 14, 2011
6:30 PM
Tri-Delta Transit Board Room
801 Wilbur Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509
CCTA: Public Hearing
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
6:00 PM
CCTA Offices
2999 Oak Street
Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Transportation Partnership and Cooperation (TRANSPAC) Central County
Thursday, April 21, 2011
9:00 am
City of Pleasant Hill Community Room
100 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC)
Friday, April 22, 2011
8:00 am
City of San Pablo Council Chambers
13831 San Pablo Avenue
San Pablo, CA 94806

This Week’s Headlines in Transportation & Transit: Feb. 5-11, 2011

What’d you miss this week? The County Connection has a sweet new trip planner, Tri Delta Transit has 22 new bus shelters, and we’re getting ever so close to the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station opening.
We also challenged you to find a better online resource for mountain biking trail maps. Any takers?
Here are the rest of your weekly headlines in transportation in transit; have a great weekend!

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Other Biking, Transit & Transportation News

Antioch carpoolers find friendship through shared commute


Think your commute is a drag? If you’re traveling solo, ridesharing just might make your morning. As three Contra Costa County employees discovered, carpooling isn’t just for saving money, breezing through traffic, and reducing CO2 emissions–it can also be a great way to form meaningful friendships.
In late 2007, the story began when two commuters decided to share the drive from their homes in Antioch to work in downtown Martinez. After the addition of a third carpooler in 2008, what begin as a practical arrangement has since evolved into a fantastic friendship between the three carpoolers.
Continue reading “Antioch carpoolers find friendship through shared commute”

Brentwood's Pavement Condition Ranked #1 in the Bay Area

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

GreenFEST Contra Costa 2010 will be held Saturday, August 14


GreenFEST 2010 will be held at the Contra Costa Association of Realtors (CCAR) in Walnut Creek on Saturday, August 14th from 10 AM- 4 PM at:

CCAR Parking Lot
1870 Olympic Boulevard, Walnut Creek

  • This FREE event will feature organic food, music, educational demos, e-waste receptacles, a garden center and kids’ zone.
  • Bring a Food Bank donation and get a spin on the PRIZE wheel. Fantastic prizes and giveaways from Club Sport, Broadway Plaza shops, the sponsors.
  • Trade a Bag program (bring your plastic bags to trade for a cloth shopping bag).
  • There will be FREE e-recycle and document shredding services; recycle your old cell phones.
  • Featured demos and speakers on things like Green Travel, how to be a green business and home improvements that don’t break the bank.

GreenFEST is is a fundraiser for Contra Costa Association of Realtors “Helping Hands”. Helping Hands is a nonprofit that contributes to the Moses Guillory Scholarship Fund, CCAR Scholarship Fund, and other worthwhile causes throughout the area.
For more information, visit the GreenFEST Contra Costa website.

To purchase tickets, call 925.876.0966 or email info@GreenFESTContraCosta.com

Click on the map below to view the venue:

Click here to download a PDF file of the GreenFEST 2010 venue map

This Week’s Headlines in Transportation & Transit: May 22-28, 2010

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BART to close tracks between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill March 26-28 and May 28-31

As a part of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Contra Costa County Crossover Project, crews will be closing the tracks between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill for the following two weekends:

  • March 26-28, 2010 – 9 pm Friday night to 1:30 am Monday morning
  • May 28-31, 2010 (Memorial Day weekend) – 7 pm Friday night to about 1:30 am Tuesday morning

During these weekends, The County Connection will provide free bus bridge service between the Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek BART stations.
Buses will run in both directions as follows:

  • Friday, May 28 – 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Saturday, May 29 – 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Sunday & Monday, May 30/31 – 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Tuesday AM Contingency Plan – 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM

County Connection and BART personnel will be present at both stations to assist passengers. For more information about Bus Bridge service, please call County Connection at (925) 676-7500 or visit www.cccta.org.
BART has asked riders to allow up to 30 additional minutes for the bus detour, although measures will be taken to ensure that every train is met by a bus.
Instructions for boarding the buses:
Follow signs to the Bus Bridge stop directly outside BART station. Look for County Connection buses (tan and white or white) with “BART Bus Bridge” signage. Keep your BART ticket to display at all times, as you will need it to enter and exit stations and to board the bus. Normal BART service will resume at 4AM on the final morning of the installation.

[Photo via BART.gov]

From the Contra Costa County Crossover Project website:

The purpose of the Crossover project is to add special trackwork between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill Stations to allow a train to cross from one track to the other track. The original BART system track plan provided two parallel trackways between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill Stations. Currently, the closest existing crossovers to the project site are near the Lafayette Station and between the Pleasant Hill Station and the Concord Yard. This deficiency reduces operational flexibility during a train failure. It also requires BART to turn back trains at Concord Station instead of the desired location at Pleasant Hill.

Suggested benefits of the project include:

  • Increased train frequency and reduced wait times
  • Additional seating capacity during peak hours
  • Reduced system delays
  • Improved maintenance and allocation of resources

For more information, please visit the official Contra Costa County Crossover Project website and read the following BART news releases on the project:

Contra Costa Bicycle Commuter of the Year for 2010 is chosen

511 Contra Costa would like to congratulate Louis Sandoval, Contra Costa County’s Bicycle Commuter of the Year for 2010. Sandoval was chosen as this year’s winner by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, an organization dedicated to promoting bicycling as an everyday means of transportation and recreation.
Mr. Sandoval is a consummate bicyclist. He commutes by bicycle to his part -time job as an adult education mathematics teacher for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He commutes on his Bridgestone bicycle between two job locations in Richmond and San Pablo and has done so for more than 5 years. “My Bridgestone is a real beater,” Louis says. “It’s a tank of a bike, but has a real bike rack and a pannier, and does the job of carrying my books, groceries, everything, rain or shine.”
His bicycle commutes also include jaunts into Hayward to visit his mother and to take classes at Cal State East Bay. “Even at 11pm at night you can find him on the street making his way home from Hayward, via Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond,” says Raul Ramirez, a principal at WCCUSD. When needed, Louis utilizes BART to transport his trusty steed and himself around the Bay to appointments and classes. Louis says that the toughest part of bicycle commuting is not the distance, weather or the terrain “it’s the traffic that is sometimes the toughest part.”
Looking ahead, Louis says he is looking forward to riding south everyday to San Jose State University this Fall to get his own degree in biomedical engineering. His bicycle trip will travel along the Bay Trail past the Oakland Airport and across the new San Leandro Slough Bridge. From there, the Bay Trail extends down to Union City. The new San Leandro Slough Bridge is scheduled to open on Bike to Work Day this year.

This Week's Headlines in Transportation & Transit: Apr. 17-23, 2010

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511 Contra Costa gets kudos alongside EPA, BAAQMD, and PG&E for social media use

In an article published  Monday, March 8, 2010, Tweeting to Save the Planet: The Role–And Limits–of Social Media in Environmental Solutions, 511 Contra Costa was mentioned alongside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) as organizations who effectively use Twitter to spread information and environmental awareness. The article also mentioned 511CC’s iSmog app, a free download that delivers Spare the Air notifications and other Bay Area air quality information to your iPhone.

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This Week’s Headlines in Transportation & Transit: Feb. 27 – Mar. 5, 2010

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This Week’s Headlines in Transportation & Transit: Feb. 13-19, 2010

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CBS5 Video Coverage of Unveiling of Pleasant Hill Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about Pleasant Hill’s new electric vehicle charger stations, unveiled on Dec. 10th.
The charging station is the 2nd to be built in Contra Costa County and the 4th in the Bay Area, serving vehicles such as the Wheego, GEM (Global Electric Motorcar), Prius, and new EVs such as the Tesla Roadster and Chevy Volt to be released in 2010. Funding for the project was provided by TRANSPAC and 511 Contra Costa in partnership with the City of Pleasant Hill.
For more information, read the press release: Pleasant Hill Becomes 4th Bay Area City to Install Coulomb Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles or contact Corinne Dutra-Roberts at: 925-969-0841 x204.

County Connection to change several bus schedules starting December 27, 2009


Effective Sunday, December 27, 2009, The County Connection will implement a number of changes to its weekday bus routes. The changes are intended to address overcrowding on routes, improve BART and bus connections and to help buses stay on schedule.
Affected routes are: 2, 5, 6L, 7, 9, 10, 11, 20 and 28. New schedules have been posted online and will be available next week at current distribution locations.
The County Connection serves about 5 million riders a year on fixed-route and paratransit vehicles across a service area of 200 square miles. Most routes run at a frequency between 30 and 90 minutes. For fixed routes, the regular fare is $2.00 and the express fare is $2.25. For paratransit vehicles, the fare is $4.00 per trip. For discounts through pass purchases, visit County Connection’s Fares page.
For specific schedule information on The County Connection, contact:
Customer Service: 925-676-7500
For other questions, contact:
County Connection Administrative Offices
2477 Arnold Industrial Way
Concord, CA 94520
925- 676-1976
Website: www.cccta.org
Email: customerservice@cccta.org

2009 Holiday Hours and Services for Transit Agencies serving Contra Costa County

Need to get from Point A to Point B on public transit this holiday season? 511 Contra Costa has compiled a list of transit agencies serving the Contra Costa area and their holiday services for Dec. 24th, Dec. 25th, Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st. If a transit agency is not listed on a certain date, it is running on its normal schedule.

Thursday, December 24, 2009 – Christmas Eve:

  • Tri Delta Transit: Routes 392, 393 and 394 will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • WestCAT routes: Exp J, 30Z, JPX & JX, and LYNX will run their regular service. The DAR and Local routes will run the regular service with 7 PM close. Route C3 will not have service.
  • Wheels: most routes will run their regular service.

Friday, December 25, 2009 – Christmas Day:

  • BART will run on its Sunday schedule.
  • WestCAT route Express J will run on its Sunday schedule.
  • AC Transit will run on a weekend schedule.
  • Tri Delta Transit: Routes 392, 393 and 394 will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • Golden Gate Transit Bus will have Holiday Service and Golden Gate Larkspur & Sausalito Ferry will have no service.
  • The County Connection buses will not be in operation.
  • Capitol Corridor will run on a weekend schedule.
  • Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) Routes: no service.
  • Vallejo Transit: no service.
  • Wheels: Route 10 – Special Service, Route 15 – Sunday Service

Thursday, December 31, 2009 – New Year’s Eve:

  • BART will extend its service until 3 am.
  • WestCAT routes: Exp J, 30Z, JPX & JX, and LYNX will run their regular service. The DAR and Local routes will run the regular service with 7 PM close. Route C3 will not have service.
  • Tri Delta Transit: Routes 392, 393 and 394 will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • Wheels: most routes will run their regular service.

Friday, January 1, 2009 – New Year’s Day:

  • BART will run on its Sunday schedule.
  • WestCAT route Express J will run on its Sunday schedule.
  • AC Transit will run on a weekend schedule.
  • Tri Delta Transit: Routes 392, 393 and 394 will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • Golden Gate Transit Bus will have Holiday Service and Golden Gate Larkspur & Sausalito Ferry will have no service.
  • The County Connection buses will not be in operation.
  • Capitol Corridor will run on a weekend schedule.
  • Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) Routes: no service.
  • Vallejo Transit: no service.
  • Wheels: Routes 1, 10, 15 – Sunday Service Only.

For more information, please refer to each transit agency’s individual website:
BART – Holiday Schedule
BART – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Information
WestCAT – Holiday Rider Information
AC Transit – Home
Tri Delta Transit – Holiday Service
Golden Gate Transit & Golden Gate Ferry Christmas & New Year’s Service Schedules
The County Connection – Home
Capitol Corridor – Home
Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) Routes
Vallejo Transit Routes
WHEELS – Holiday Service


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