Contra Costa Air Quality

California’s 12-cent gas tax increase went into effect this month, and you’ll soon see the impact at gas stations throughout the state. We have a couple of ways for you to beat the tax hike: Share the Ride – Whether you call it ridesharing or carpooling, it’s the same thing – sharing a ride and splitting the cost. Now that most people have smartphones, apps make it possible to carpool to work with just a little advance notice.... 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
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