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BART Twitter Town Hall (May 2017): Contra Costa Highlights

Last week BART conducted a Twitter Town Hall, fielding questions from the public on a variety of topics. Great information came out of it including plans & projects affecting Contra Costa. We collected the Contra Costa-related questions and responses below:

Hercules/Richmond (West CoCo Transit Study):

The West County High-Capacity Transit Study will identify one or more projects to improve high-capacity transit in West County, expand alternatives to driving on congested streets and highways, and improve regional air quality and quality of life. Read more:

BART to Antioch:

The goal of the eBART Project is to bring BART service to Antioch and the rest of east Contra Costa County, connecting the growing region of east Contra Costa with areas already served by BART. More info: East Contra Costa BART Extension (eBART)

New Clipper:

MTC and the transit operators plan to launch the next generation of Clipper (aka ‘Clipper 2’) by 2020. They’ve already incorporated public input on different ways to pay, more convenient account management and other transportation uses for Clipper (e.g. parking at stations). Take their survey & give feedback to further guide the development of the next-generation Clipper system:

Delays/Crowding on P/BP Line:

Visit BART’s Fleet of the Future page to learn about the new train cars. To jump to information on the schedule for adding new cars into service, visit the Delivery Plan page.

Concord/Bay Fair Development:

New Transbay Tube Study:

Seat Removal:

After testing three different layouts, BART conducted a survey to determine the reduced-seating layout passengers felt most improved their ride experience. BART is applying that layout to 380 cars in the fleet. Also, as new train cars arrive and BART is able to lengthen trains and eventually run trains closer together, there will be many more seats for customers. More information:

Wheel noise:

More information: New Wheel Tech Quiets Screeching Rails (article)

511 Contra Costa Gets Shout-Out in TDM Review

511 Contra Costa was recently featured in the Summer Edition of the TDM Review, a publication dedicated to “educating and informing sustainable mobility professionals.”
The Summer Edition, which focuses on how social media tools can prove useful for transport demand management, points to 511 Contra Costa’s success with using sites such as Twitter and Facebook to encourage commuters to use public transport.
One article within the review discusses how 511 Contra Costa monitors its Twitter followers by using helpful clients like HootSuite and TweetDeck, as well as how it interacts with other organizations via Twitter (such as @CCTimes) in order to spread awareness and useful transit information.
The overall verdict of using social media according to the article is:

Effective use of social media can influence individuals’ decisions to take transit or other more sustainable forms of transportation. By making the information easily accessible via the dynamic and fast-growing medium provided by social networks, public organizations can experience great results through the same social networking tools their constituents are already using on a regular basis.

If you’re interested in learning more about how using social media can work for you or are simply curious about 511 Contra Costa’s strategy, be sure to read the rest of the article on pages 21-24 of the Summer Edition of the TDM Review!
Also, be sure to follow @511CC on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook!

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.

Not sure if you should be following us on Twitter? We cover transportation, transit and air quality news & events in and around Contra Costa and the greater East Bay.
If you aren’t sure which cities are in Contra Costa, we’ve listed them here:
Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

Would you like some Peet's with your Twitter? ReTweet, follow or mention @511CC in January!

Stay up to date with transit news and information affecting Contra Costa County and the Bay Area, Spare the Air alerts, 511CC promotions and more, just by following @511CC on Twitter!
If you’re a new @511CC follower, mention or retweet us this month, you’ll also be automatically entered to win a $25 gift card to Peet’s Coffee and Tea. We’ll keep you abreast of the latest news, 140 characters at a time:

Our most recent ReTweet for Peet’s winner for the month of December was @christreadway–congrats! Will it be you in January?
Some of our past winners: @hackmanj (Nov ’09), @scutrsft (Oct ’09), @CraigCheslog (Sept. ’09), @Harry_H (Aug ’09), @DearJellyHiJely (July ’09), @normallyp (June ’09)
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Keep Updated with 511 Contra Costa by Following us on Twitter

Need a reason to follow @511CC on Twitter? We’ve got plenty. Find out about our latest promotions, keep updated on travel news and information in Contra Costa county, and give yourself a chance to win some free coffee. Each month we give away a $25 Peets Coffee & Tea gift card to a new Follower or ReTweeter. Congrats to our most recent winners: @CraigCheslog, @scutrsft, and @hackmanj!
Here’s what we’ve been tweeting about lately:
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ReTweet for Peet's! Be a New 511CC Follower on Twitter or ReTweet us and You Could Win a $25 Peet's Coffee & Tea Gift Card


We are two months in to our $25 Peet’s Coffee & Tea gift card giveaway promotion.  Winning is easy.  Just be a new Twitter follower of @511CC or retweet us to be entered into our monthly drawing.
Not only will following us on Twitter give you the chance to win free coffee, but you will receive handy updates from us on important Contra Costa County traffic information, Spare the Air days and info about our numerous cool promotions like free BART passes to baseball games, carpooling incentives and more.
Our June and July winners were Norma (@normallyp) and Jerry (@DearJellyHiJely).  Both of whom are probably enjoying some delicious Peet’s coffee right now on us.

We’ll be giving away the next gift card at the end of August so there is still plenty of time to get in the runnings!

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Win a $25 Peets Gift Card With the New 511 Contra Costa Monthly Twitter Giveaway

twitterI’m happy to announce our new monthly Twitter for a Peet’s gift card giveaway.

On the last Monday of each month we will be giving away a $25 Peet’s gift card to either a new Twitter follower from the current month, or a random user who has re-tweeted one of our tweets. We’ll be giving out the first gift card Monday the 29th so get tweeting!

You can only win as a new follower once, but you can re-tweet us as often as you want and qualify each time.

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