Tri Delta Transit | 511 Contra Costa - Part 2

New Hillcrest Park & Ride Lot is Almost Ready to Open (2014)

Old Hillcrest Park & RideCommuters catching Tri Delta Transit buses at the current Hillcrest Park & Ride on a typical weekday afternoon

Big changes are coming up for the Hillcrest Park & Ride lot located in Antioch at the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Sunset Drive.  Starting Sunday, February 16, 2014, commuters will be parking a bit further up on Sunset Drive on Lot A of the upcoming eBART station.

Hillcrest Park&Ride Layout 2

The new parking lot will feature an additional 94 spaces for commuters.  The bus loading area will also be relocated to an area adjacent to the future eBART station.  Tri Delta Transit and other transit operators are recommending that you allow additional time to catch your bus.   In anticipation of some confusion to the new changes, signs and ambassadors will be on site Tuesday, February 18th to help commuters.

Hillcrest Park & Ride
Hillcrest Park & Ride

511 Contra Costa is excited to see that the new Hillcrest Park & Ride lot is almost ready to open to the public.  It looks like finishing touches are being put into place when staff stopped by for a preview.

By the end of 2017, all 1,000 spaces of BART’s Antioch (eBART) Station parking lot will be available for use for drivers who use Tri Delta Transit, eBART and other local public transit systems.  And what will happen to the current parking lot?  The old Hillcrest Park and Ride will be demolished to clear space for freeway onramps and offramps.

Information Source: Contra Costa TimesEast County Today, Tri Delta Transit

Tri Delta Transit 2012 CommuterPass Promo

Update: All passes have been distributed and Tri Delta Transit and 511 Contra Costa are no longer accepting applications for CommuterPass™.

Do you commute from or within Eastern Contra Costa County by car? If you do, and you’d like some financial relief and a more relaxing commute, Tri Delta Transit’s CommuterPass promo may be for you!

CommuterPass is a Tri Delta Transit trial program which offers free public bus passes to East Contra Costa County residents as a means of encouraging bus use for commuting. For those that don’t know, Tri Delta Transit offers an array of services that can help popular commutes, including:

  • 13 daily bus routes serving East Contra Costa County
  • 12 routes serving BART
  • Limited-stop express service between Brentwood and BART

To partake in the promotion, just apply and you could receive a free 20-day bus pass! CommuterPass applications are available online at Tri Delta Transit and over 12,000 applications will be distributed through the mail. Applications are also available from Tri Delta Transit’s administrative office by calling (925) 754-6622.
Interested but not sure if transit is convenient and compatible with your commute, check out Tri Delta Transit’s trip planner. For those that don’t have a bus stop close to home, Park & Ride lots may be for you.

But don’t wait to act, the promotion will end December 31, 2012!

Frank's Big Adventure

When was your last big adventure? Here’s a great story of how someone spent their entire day on the Tri Delta Transit bus for just $3.35 – we hope it inspires you to take one of your own!


My truck had been in the shop for a few days. I had a bad case of wanderlust. A bus stop is just 400 ft. from my front door. I had never been on it.  I promised myself I would. I headed out the door with no definite plan and bought a day pass ($3.35) that really is a 24 hour ticket. It allows you to ride anywhere on Tri Delta Transit system for 24 hours. I walked to a bus stop. It was there that I met Sam S.  He was a friendly guy, on his way to work.  Before boarding he thoughtfully offered me his bus schedule with a tip “you’re going to want this.”
The highlight on the first leg of my journey was passing over HWY 4 on the Loveridge Rd. overpass and seeing workers in the piling pits with cranes operating all around. Thinking I was ready to stop (or was it drink a beer), I got off at the Park & Ride stop on Bliss Ave. in Pittsburg and walked  to the La Pinata Mexican restaurant. I was served a basket of warm corn chips and spicy salsa with my beer order. Many patrons were drinking a bloody mary type beer, and I was tempted to try a tequila flight, but  was anxious to get on with my adventure and headed back to the bus stop.
The next bus was a 391 eastbound. I jumped off at Hillcrest Ave, which is the hub of the system. Buses were changing route numbers faster than I could look them up in the schedule. I was wanting the 383 eastbound and ended up on the 388 eastbound and headed down Lone Tree Way.
Knowing Schooner’s Grill and Brewery would be a good stop to eat a late lunch I jumped off at Dallas Ranch Rd. A 15 minute walk, I was hungry and thirsty. I ordered a bacon burger slider with bbq sauce and fries, a beer sampler, and checked emails on the free WIFI. The slider was tasty. Still hungry and ordered the inferno wings, and a pint of the Irish Red beer. I headed out, crossed the street, and waited for a bus. In less than 10 minutes the 392 westbound whisked me away again.
It was close to 6PM, I decided to head to Celia’s Mexican Restaurant. A margarita would be a nice night cap to the day and give me a little more bang for my $3.35 ticket. I checked the schedule again for about the 100th time and the 388 bus was due in about 10 minutes. I drank the margarita down, just below brain freeze speed. I saw the bus coming before I even got to the stop. I was home in time for dinner with Peggy and the start of the Giants vs. A’s series opener.
I didn’t see any thugs all day. I saw babies and elders, some in wheel chairs using the system. The drivers were all courteous and helpful. The only problem I had was of the 6 buses I rode, only one had the air conditioner on. I didn’t see anyone with a window open and didn’t ask if I was permitted to open a window.
I’m looking forward to doing this again and transferring bus to bus like an old spiderman or at least a veteran of the Tri Delta Transit system. Maybe I can pass on the schedule, Sam S., gave me to another rookie bus rider suffering wanderlust.


Read Frank’s big adventure here.

Tri Delta Transit Challenge 2012

It’s that time of year again! Don’t miss an opportunity to experience a better commute for FREE!

From April 16 through May 11, 2012 Tri Delta Transit and 511 Contra Costa will provide free bus tickets to commuters who do not currently use Tri Delta Transit to get to work. The free tickets will cover four round-trip rides during the challenge.
Participants in the Tri Delta Transit Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a chance at winning $100!
To participate, complete the online registration form to receive your free tickets to ride beginning the week of April 16, 2012
Or download the registration TDT Challenge2012 (PDF) form and mail/fax it to:
Tri Delta Transit
Try Transit Challenge
801 Wilbur Ave.
Antioch, CA 94509
Fax: 925-757-2530
Tickets for this program are limited, so register no later than May 4.
Tickets will be awarded on a first come first served basis from all qualified registrants. Limit one participant per household. Not valid on Dial-a-Ride or Delta Express.
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Tri Delta Transit Fare Change


Tri Delta Transit’s new fares go into effect Sunday, Feb. 26:
Fares on Local Routes

  • Single ride, general public (6-64): $2.00
  • Single ride, senior (65+)/disabled: 85¢
  • Children 5 and under (with paying customer): Free
  • Bart transfer general public (6-64): $1.25
  • Bart transfer senior (65+)/disabled: 85¢

Fares for Express Route 300

  • General public (6-64): $2.50
  • Senior (65+)/disabled: $1.35
  • BART transfer, general public (6-64): $1.75
  • Bart transfer, senior(65+)/disabled: $1.35

Fares for Day Passes

  • General public (6-64) (age 6-64) $3.35
  • Senior (65+)/disabled: $1.35

20-Ride Punch Passes

  • General public (6-64): $33.00
  • Senior (65+)/disabled $17.00
  • Express Route 300 $36.00

Monthly Passes

  • Tri Delta Transit Monthly Pass – $57.00
  • East Bay Value Pass $60.00 (no change)

For more information, visit www.trideltatransit.com.

Save with Tri Delta Transit bus pass at these businesses


You’re already saving money by taking transit.
Maybe you’re also saving money with a bus pass, too. Do you have one of the following Tri Delta Transit passes?

  • Day Pass – $3  (two sing ride tickets with no transfers is $3.50)
  • Fixed Route Monthly Pass -$50

Day Passes make a lot of sense. You can enjoy unlimited rides all day for a minimum savings of  $0.50, and receive discounts at selected retailers.
Click here and get your pass and start saving.
Present your pass at one of the following businesses for your discount. The full list is maintained at the Tri Delta Transit website.
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Meet the East Bay Value Pass

Contra Costa County has three great bus services, but sometimes your day takes you beyond the service area of just one.
If you live in the County Connection territory but need to get to Rodeo, served by WestCAT, you have to make a transfer. Already these agencies do their best to make transfers line up for a hassle-free connection.
With a new unlimited inter-agency pass, traveling between WestCat, Wheels, Tri Delta Transit, and The County Connection just got easier.
For $60, the new East Bay Value pass will let you ride any bus on WestCat, Wheels, Tri Delta Transit, and the County Connection’s fixed routes as many times as you want within one calendar month.
That includes Tri Delta Transit’s express 300 bus!
Where do these buses go?  Well, check out these main transfer stations, or use 511’s Trip Planner to get started.
Hillcrest Park ‘n’ Ride, Antioch
The County Connection, Tri Delta Transit
Martinez Amtrak
The County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT
Concord BART
The County Connection, Tri Delta Transit
Pleasant Hill BART
The County Connection, Wheels
Walnut Creek BART
The County Connection, Wheels
Dublin/Pleasanton BART
The County Connection, Wheels, Tri Delta Transit
ACE Station, Pleasanton
The County Connection, Wheels

Supervisor Glover's Contra Costa County Youth Summit, April 16, 2011

Receive a Tri Delta Transit Summer Youth Bus Pass by attending this year’s Contra Costa County Youth Summit hosted by Contra Costa County District V Supervisor Federal D. Glover. 511 Contra Costa has teamed up with Tri Delta Transit to provide attendees unlimited rides on Tri Delta Transit’s fixed route buses during the summer. Eligibillity requirements do apply and only a limited number of passes are available while supplies last.
The event is being held at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg on Saturday April 16th from 8am – 3pm.

For more information, visit http://www.cccounty.us/youthsummit2011 or call 925-427-8138.

Tri Delta Transit Challenge

Don’t miss an opportunity to experience a better commute for FREE!

From April 25 through May 20, 2011 Tri Delta Transit and 511 Contra Costa will provide free bus tickets to commuters who do not currently use Tri Delta Transit to get to work. The free tickets will cover one round-trip per week for four (4) weeks on fixed route buses.
Participants in the Try Transit Once a Week Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a chance at winning some fabulous prizes, including an Apple iPad. Other prizes include gift cards and transit passes.
To participate, complete the online registration form to receive your free tickets to ride beginning the week of April 25, 2011http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CG5RC3G
You can also download the registration form and mail/fax it to:
Tri Delta Transit
Try Transit Challenge
801 Wilbur Ave.
Antioch, CA 94509
Fax: 925-757-2530
Tickets for this program are limited, so register no later than April 18.
Tickets will be awarded on a first come first served basis from all qualified registrants. Limit one participant per household. Not valid on Dial-a-Ride or Delta Express.

Free Dublin/Pleasanton Commuter Shuttle: Feb 14-18

DUBLIN/PLEASANTON – Tired of waiting in traffic west of Antioch? Heard about the Delta Express commuter service, but just haven’t gotten around to it? Next week is your chance.
From February 14-18, Tri Delta Transit will run their regular luxury motor coaches (complete with WiFi and comfy seats) for FREE. There’s no need to sign up – you just show up, walk on, plug in, and stretch out.
Not familiar with the Delta Express? It runs to and from Antioch to Dublin/Pleasanton BART station each and every weekday during regular commuting hours, with stops at:

  • Antioch Park and Ride (Hillcrest)
  • Oakley – Lucky Shopping Center
  • Brentwood Park and Ride (Oak Street)
  • Discovery Bay Park and Ride (Bixler Road)
  • Mountain House Parkway
  • Dublin BART Station
  • Hacienda/Owens Business Park

Delta Express will run its regular morning and afternoon schedules.
But wait, I have to work late all the time – I don’t want to be stranded at work! Never fear!
As always, Delta Express will offer its Guaranteed Ride Home program. If you need to leave work in the middle of the day or stay late, Delta Express will provide a free taxi ride or rental car to make sure you get where you need to be. For more information, Contra Costa County residents should call 510-215-3035.
If you have to miss next week’s free commutes, Tri Delta Transit has other great giveaways for the month of February.
Half Price Monthly Passes just $80 from East County and $55 from Mount House
Two-for-One Tickets on the Express Route 300
New to Tri Delta Transit? Curious if you can bring a bike or stroller on board? (Hint: the answer is “yes”) Check out Tri Delta Transit’s comprehensive introduction for new riders. Who knows? maybe you’ll like it.
Photo from eb1_2000‘s Flickr stream.

Catch Tri Delta Transit’s Haunted Halloween bus the last week of October

Boo! For free family fun (or just plain fun) this Halloween season, hop on Tri Delta Transit’s Haunted Halloween bus for a good spook.


Board the Haunted Halloween Tri Delta Transit Bus on:

  • Saturday, Oct. 23, 5-8 PM: Brentwood Hometown Halloween, downtown Brentwood
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-4 PM: Bay Point Library
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4-5 PM: Brentwood Senior Center on Balfour (by aquatic park)
  • Thursday, Oct. 28, 3-4 PM: Pittsburg Library
  • Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 AM – 2 PM: Pittsburg Spooktacular, Gateway Plaza near Brenden Theater in Pittsburg
  • Sunday, Oct. 31, Time TBD: Streets of Brentwood

Ride Tri Delta Transit to every 49ers home game

Note: this promotion has ended. Congratulations to Kim Maben of Pittsburg, the winner of the Ronnie Lott autographed helmet!

At half the price of stadium parking, you can ride to 49er home games in luxury. No gas, no bridge toll, no parking. . . no worries!
How? Board a Tri Delta Transit 49er Home Game Express Shuttle, with round-trip pick-up locations located in Antioch, Brentwood and Pittsburg. Round trip tickets are as low as $15 and only $10 for kids.
In addition, every time you ride the 49er Express Shuttle to a game, you can enter a raffle drawing for a Ronnie Lott autographed mini helmet. The winner will be announced onboard the bus on Sunday, January 2. Need not be present to win.
For more information, please visit trideltatransit.com.

Tri Delta Transit introduces Free Books on Buses program using QR codes

Have you ever seen a QR code? Since their creation in 1994, they’ve been placed everywhere from business cards and t-shirts to cupcakes and soda bottles. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Contra Costa County Public Library and Tri Delta Transit, they’re on Tri Delta buses as well.

Using your camera phone and a QR code reader, you can scan a code on board all buses, select one of over 500 audiobooks to download, and enjoy the ride.
Still have questions?

Tri Delta Transit introduces Free Rides with Frequent Rider Rewards

Last week, Tri Delta Transit introduced Free Rides with Frequent Rider Rewards.
Earn free rides every time you ride Tri Delta Transit buses. Just hold on to your used day passes and/or punch passes and redeem them for a free day pass. It’s that easy!
How it works:

  1. Use 10 Tri Delta Transit day passes or one 20-ride punch pass. Don’t throw them away!
  2. Mail or bring them to Tri Delta Transit.
  3. Tri Delta Transit will send you a free day pass!

How to redeem your passes:
Mail or deliver used day/punch passes along with return address information to:
Tri Delta Transit Frequent Rider Rewards
801 Wilbur Ave., Antioch CA 94509

Tri Delta Transit adds real-time arrival information

Tri Delta Transit, East Contra Costa County’s public transit authority, is in the process of adding GPS-based vehicle locator system for its 69 buses. The system is expected to go live in the next three months after it has been thoroughly tested.
According to Steve Ponte, the Chief Operating Officer for Tri Delta Transit, the top phone inquiry from riders is “When is the next bus going to be here?” With the new system, riders will be able to access real-time arrival information via text message, calling an automated phone line, or online with a laptop or cell phone. At the line’s most popular stops, information for the next bus will be displayed on LED signs.
New features important for disabled riders include verbal announcements and textual displays of the next stop inside of buses.
Tri Delta Transit will join BARTAC Transit and a number of other transit agencies in having real-time information available to riders.
Source: When will next bus arrive? Tri-Delta Transit system will tell you – Contra Costa Times

This Week’s Headlines in Transportation & Transit: May 15-21, 2010

BART will close tracks between Walnut Creek & Pleasant Hill over Memorial Day weekendUpcoming Events & Meetings

Local News (Contra Costa County & East Bay)

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Tri Delta Transit 2010 Summer Youth Pass now available

Tri Delta Transit Summer Youth Passes are now available!
For $60, the pass includes:

  • Three full months of unlimited rides on all fixed route buses and express route 300 from June 1, 2010 through August 31, 2010
  • Discounts at dozens of restaurants and events throughout East County

To order your pass, visit  www.trideltatransit.com or call 925-754-6622. The passes are also available at all Ticket Connection locations.

This Week's Headlines in Transportation & Transit: Apr. 10-16, 2010

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Local News (Contra Costa County & East Bay)

Bay Area & California News

Great news – No Fare Increase for Tri Delta Transit Riders (2010)

As a result of the recent gas tax swap law signed on March 22nd by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tri Delta Transit has announced today that the fare increase originally scheduled for July will not happen. Tri Delta Transit riders can continue to enjoy the service at regular fares.
The legislation provided Bay Area transit agencies with $108 million in public funding, including $261,000 for Tri Delta Transit in East Contra Costa County.
Source

Parking to remain free at local Park & Ride lots

ANTIOCH, CA, January 12, 2010 – Beginning January 19, 2010, BART will begin charging a daily fee of $1 to park in the Pittsburg/Bay Point parking lot.  Park and Ride lots, however, will remain free of charge to all patrons and provide easy access to BART via express bus service from Tri Delta Transit.
BART remains a major destination for East County commuters. Extending BART to Antioch and beyond in East Contra Costa County remains a continuous topic of discussion. “Until it happens, Tri Delta Transit’s Express Route 300 is the next best thing,” said Director of Marketing, Mike Furnary. “With Park and Ride lots, someone in Brentwood, for example, need only drive one or two miles to get to BART instead of 18.
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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


Tri Delta Transit July Special Promotion

top_06_22_aTri Delta Transit and 511 Contra Costa have teamed up to get people moving more eco-friendly in east Contra Costa County. Give Express Route 300 a try and let someone else do the driving for you through Highway 4 traffic to/from Pittsburg/Bay Point BART.  With limited stops between Brentwood and Oakley and free parking at local park and ride lots it’s worth a try. Get a free $20 BART ticket AND a free $32 express Route 300 bus pass when you purchase a one Route 300 pass.
top_06_22_bRide a luxury motor coach bus with free WiFi service to Lawrence Livermore/Sandia Lab or to Hacienda Business Park and Dublin/Pleasanton BART on the Delta Express. Purchase one Delta Express monthly pass and get another month free.
These special offers are available for a limited time through July 31, 2009.

511 Contra Costa helps East County Youths

511 Contra Costa is helping youths under 17 years of age in east Contra Costa County gain transit experience and become more earth-friendly by providing $10 off the price of a Summer Youth Pass for unlimited fixed-route rides from Tri Delta Transit. Each family can help “Spare the Air” by reducing the number of miles driven. Every gallon of gas consumed is equivalent to 20 pounds of CO2.. Get your discounted pass now.trideltatransit