County Connection, AC Transit, SolTrans & Wheels (LAVTA) have all announced upcoming service changes. Here’s what you need to know:
Agency: County Connection
Changes Take Effect: August 16
Full Details: http://www.countyconnection.com
- Route 1M – New Service: Service to the Marchbanks neighborhood is being restored between WC BART, John Muir Medical Center and Marchbanks
- Route 3 – New Martinez Community Shuttle: New route will serve Amtrak, CC Regional Medical Center, Adult Education Serivces, Kaiser, Arnold Dr, and the Senior Center
- Route 19: Alignment changes to serve Sun Valley Mall and Diamond Blvd
- Route 310: Two AM and two PM trips added between Concord BART and Clayton/Kirker
- Route 314: Trip added leaving DVC at 6:10pm
- 600 Series: Changes to the 611, 613, 616, and 619 school day service
Agency: AC Transit
Changes Take Effect: August 23
Full Details: http://www.actransit.org
- Line 800 will operate more frequently on Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning, with service every 20 minutes from 12:30am–6:30am On Sunday mornings, buses will operate every 30 minutes from 6:30am–7:30am
- Line 76: Two new trips added heading toward El Cerrito del Norte BART on weekdays, leaving Hilltop Mall at 7:13am and 2:24pm
- Minor schedule changes to Line 72R and G
Agency: Wheels (LAVTA)
Changes Take Effect: August 22
Full Details: http://www.wheelsbus.com
- Route 70X has been modified to bypass Walnut Creek in the non-commute direction, operating directly from Dublin to Pleasant Hill in the AM and directly from Pleasant Hill to Dublin in the PM
- Route 12/12X: Certain trips of the 12X and trips that begin at the Airway Park-n-Ride have been re-arranged within the schedule
- Route 54: The 5:36am trip is to be discontinued
- Route 503: The PM schedule has been re-arranged to accommodate Wells Middle School and Dublin High School with separate trips; the previously operated 5:30pm trip has been moved to 5:00pm in order to accommodate the after-school program at Dublin High School
- Route 501: A second, later departure has been added in the PM to accommodate the after-school program at Dublin High School
- Schedule changes to Route 3, 10, 12, 54, 70X, 501, 502, 503, 603, 607, 609, and 610
Changes Take Effect: August 15
Full Details: http://www.soltransride.com
- Minor adjustments to printed schedules for Route 80 & 80s (1-2 minutes) to accurately reflect travel time
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is offering opportunities for Bay Area high school students to get hands-on experience in the transportation field through paid summer internships. They are currently accepting applications for positions in 9 Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa. This year 511 Contra Costa is proud to offer two internship opportunities as part of the program, in our El Cerrito and Pleasant Hill offices.
Interested students are encouraged to apply for positions in their home county. A current list of available positions is available on the MTC website.
Qualified applicants must:
- live and go to school in the county they are applying for;
- have completed the 10th grade; and
- be at least 16 years of age by date of hire (Thursday, June 18, 2015)*
*NOTE: If you are offered an internship, are under 18 years of age and will not be graduating prior to the start of the program, you will be required to obtain a work permit. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.
The program is the creation of the MTC’s Minority Citizens Advisory Committee, designed to encourage young people who might not otherwise consider a career in transportation to do so. Students of all races and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply or to get more information, visit: mtc.ca.gov/jobs/high_school or contact the MTC Internship Coordinator by phone at (510) 817-5807 or by emailing them at InternCoordinator@mtc.ca.gov. The application deadline is Sunday, March 22.
This article has been edited to reflect the MTC’s application deadline change.
Thanks to a nearly $1 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), carsharing is about to become a reality in both Richmond and El Cerrito.
The MTC has awarded a $973,864 grant to fund a program called CarShare4All, a collaboration between City CarShare, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC). The program will deploy vehicles to El Cerrito, Richmond and Oakland, including a wheelchair-accessible van.
“Carsharing is a very important part of our strategy to provide transportation options,” said Kevin Romick, Chair of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, “This project with City CarShare and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative provides critical links to and from public transit, which provides multi-modal travel choices for Contra Costa residents.”
According to a project factsheet released by Richmond Mayor-elect Tom Butt, beyond bringing carsharing to El Cerrito and Richmond, the CarShare4All program will allow City CarShare to expand access to discounted memberships for low- and moderate-income families and increase the availability of wheelchair-accessible vans to its members.
A date for initial service has not yet been released.
For more information about the program, read the CarShare4All fact sheet (posted by Richmond Mayor-elect Tom Butt) or City CarShare’s press release.
For more information on carsharing in Contra Costa County, visit 511CC’s carsharing page.
Celebrate the completion of the San Pablo Avenue Streetscape Project on Sat. May 14th by attending El Cerrito’s Spring Fling!
Welcome Ceremony — 10:00am to 11:00am
In front of Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Avenue
- Welcome by the Mayor
- Brief overview of the project
- Dedication of the theater “stars” by the Friends of the Cerrito Theater
- Light refreshments will be served.
- Giveaway of 100 Clipper cards for free AC Transit bus rides on-the-day. (Limited supply)
Tour the Avenue — 11:00am to 2:00pm
Walk, bike or take transit along the Avenue to see the recent improvements.
Go at your own pace and visit local stores, galleries and restaurants along the way! Many businesses will be offering discounts or samples as part of the Spring Fling. Tour Stops will highlight:
- The renovated historic Cerrito Theater
- Rain Gardens – hosted by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership
- Water-saving landscape renovations
- New City Hall & public plaza
- Pedestrian Safety Improvements & Street Amenities
- Historic-cultural sidewalk pavers – hosted by the El Cerrito Historical Society
- Baxter Creek Restoration
For more up-to-date information or to get involved, please contact Suzanne Iarla at (510) 215-4318.
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This is really cool! The El Cerrito BART location is now the second book lending machine in Conta Costa County. It debuts today, and all day today Contra Costa County library employees will be on hand to sign up residents for Contra Costa County library cards. For those of you who already have a Contra Costa County library card, jsut pop in and check out a book.
The first Contra Costa book lending machine which opened last year at the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART was the first in the nation. A third machine is planned for Pleasant Hill.
Read more on the Contra Costa Times website, and on the BART website.