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california rail map

Bay Area rail lines– more extensive than you thought, huh? Screen grab via: California Rail Map It’s not hard to access a map of California’s highway system– from google maps to regional maps, highways are visible and this comes as no surprise. What is surprising however, is that it is only now has someone compiled […]

San Francisco is full of hustle and bustle. Have you ever wondered what that looks like through the eyes of public transit? Youtube user SLT Transit put together a time-lapse video of transit activity over a typical day in San Francisco that demonstrates through its mesmerizing patterns how vital public transit is to city’s transportation system. Check […]


Look for this next time you’re in a downtown San Francisco BART station. Screen grab via MTC The Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently installed new information centers including street maps, schedules, transfer info, and large LCD screens with real-time departures on sidewalls at the Civic Center, Montgomery, and Embarcadero BART stations in San Francisco. The sleek, highly-visible updated […]

CCCTA/(Contra Costa) County Connection Gillig Phantom, Dublin, Ca.

  County Connection. Photo credit: LA Wad Back in December County Connection launched Bus Tracker – a system that provides real-time information about where the bus is and when it will arrive at the bus stop. With just over two months of operation the Bus Tracker alert system has quickly earned the praise of transit riders. See […]


The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8) has restored the pre-tax transit and vanpool commuter benefits to be on par with the qualified parking benefit. For the 2013 calendar year: up to $245 per employee per month for vanpool and all public transportation up to $245 per employee per month for qualified parking, […]


Image credit: David Yu 511CC’s 2012 Year in Review From the Caldecott Tunnel breakthrough to Bay Area transit agencies celebrating milestones for service, 2012 was a great year for biking, transit and transportation. Here are some of this year’s top stories. Top Tweets Some of our most popular tweets (number of link clicks) in 2012 […]

google maps new favicon

Image credit: Prashanth dotcompals In the realm of Google Maps, there’s good news for transit users, and better news for bike users. First, the good news comes in an article by Jeremy Owens of the San Jose Mercury News titled “Google Maps mobile app’s transit offerings work great for novices, but hard-core Bay Area riders will […]

from life magazine, aug 1972

September 11th, 1972– the day BART began running trains between Fremont and Oakland. Forty years later and the backbone of the Bay Area’s transportation network is still running strong, and still expanding. In honor of the momentous milestone, here is a round up of some vintage views of BART: Pages from Life Magazine, August 1972. Photo […]

AC Transit 1016 7-16-10 B

AC Transit, one of the Bay Area agencies that received federal funding to improve transportation. Photo credit: Paul Sullivan In July the Bay Area received several grants from the U.S. DOT to improve transit. AC Transit received $7.5 million to improve fare collection and BART received about $3 million to improve departure and arrival information. Grants […]

San Francisco Muni Bus

Boarding Muni. Photo credit: Only a couple months into Muni’s new all-door boarding policy and already the system seems to be working well. As reported on San Francisco Streetsblog: On five Muni lines, the time buses spent at stops dropped by as much as 16 percent in July compared to June, according to a […]

The Bay Area is home of great urban spaces and public transit options. However, sometimes we get stuck in our urban surroundings without appreciating the wonderful park spaces and outdoor recreational opportunities the Bay Area has to offer. This may however soon easily change now with the helpful website Transit and Trails. In the words […]

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 […]

Expo Line Phase I Opening: First car through the banner

L.A.’s new light rail, “Expo Line”, opened earlier this summer to a warm welcome! Photo credit: Metro Transportation Library and Archives  Los Angeles is moving forward when it comes to their local transit system. Backed by Measure R, a 2008 half-cent sales tax that is expected to generate $40 billion for transportation, Los Angeles is constantly […]

Bus stop in Houston 1956

Boarding the bus in 1956. Photo credit: Stockholm Transportation Museum Commons Transit technology seems to be constantly improving, from Clippers Cards to zero emission buses, the experience of taking public transit is improving in many respects. However, one element that could undoubtedly be improved is the time one spends waiting for a bus to arrive. While solar-powered wifi busies some […]

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 […]

SPUR Regional Transit Map Current

Smart phones are of great help when taking transit, offering specific transit apps, gps, internet access… However, despite the seemingly ubiquity and practicality of smart phones for such trips it is difficult to replace the accessibility and simplicity of well-designed transit maps. Recently The Atlantic Cities took a look a couple of ‘fantasy transit maps‘ […]

511 Contra Costa has an updated Help for Senior Transportation map. The interactive map shows all available public transit services for the elderly and those in need of assistance. Just click on the red marker on the map to find contact information for the transit service offered in that area. Go to the Seniors page […]

Heads up! The IRS Transportation (Commuting) Benefits are set to roll back to pre-2009 levels of $125 per month (adjusted for inflation) for public transit passes and vanpool expenses beginning January 1, 2012. The maximum was temporarily raised to $230 per month under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and extended under […]

When can taking transit be cheaper than driving?

What do YOU like to do on transit? What? The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis is conducting a study on “travel multi-tasking,” or doing other activities while traveling. Whether you work or sit back and do nothing, we want your opinions! Click here to take the survey, or read below […]

Do you prefer buses or trains? Why?

Do you have a transportation question? Ask us!

511CC staff testing out possible new BART seats at the Pleasant Hill BART Station on Tuesday On Tuesday, we tested out BART’s new seats at the Pleasant Hill station. What do you think of the new seats? Upholstered or not? Plastic or stainless steel? Broader seats or more standing room? Should bikes be in a […]

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