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Rail Transit

Taking the train to work helps reduce emissions and traffic congestion. It also allows you to relax, read, or even nap during your commute.


BART

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is a heavy-rail public transit system that connects the San Francisco Peninsula with communities in the East Bay and South Bay.

Where is BART? – A real-time visualization showing the locations of all BART trains, updated every 15 seconds.


Paying Your Fare with Clipper

BART supports fare payment using Clipper. You can load money on either a physical Clipper card or via the Clipper app on your phone (no card needed)! Also, when you pay with Clipper on BART, any discounts you’re eligible for are automatically applied.


Bikes on BART

Bikes are allowed on all BART trains, subject to BART’s Bike Rules. Among them:

  • Bikes are not allowed in the first car or in crowded train cars.
  • During commute hours, bikes are not allowed in the first three cars.
  • Folded bikes are allowed in all train cars.

Secure bike parking is available at BART stations in the form of valet and self-park bike stations, BikeLink electronic lockers, and high-security bike racks. To find out which of these services are available at a particular station, visit BART’s information page.

BARTable

BARTable is a website dedicated to everything that is BARTable (as in, things that are close to BART stations). The website features special discounts, ticket giveaways, a comprehensive events calendar and articles pointing you to restaurants, great biking trails, upcoming concerts touring the Bay, and more. 


Commute Coach

If you’re curious how commuting by train might save you time or money, ask a 511CC Commute Coach. Give us the basic information about your commute and one of our transportation experts will contact you with customized commute options and information on available incentives. Best of all, the service is completely free.

The Capitol Corridor

The Capitol Corridor is an intercity passenger train system that provides a convenient alternative to traveling along the congested I-80, I-680 and I-880 freeways by operating fast, affordable intercity rail service to 18 stations in 8 Northern California counties. An extensive, dedicated motorcoach network provides bus connections from Capitol Corridor stations to cities including Gilroy, Santa Cruz, Napa, South Lake Tahoe, and Reno.

Fares & Schedules

Capitol Corridor fares vary by origin-departure stations. You can view station-to-station train fares on their fare chart. You can also check fares (including fares for trips with a bus segment) by calling 1-877-9-RIDECC (1-877-974-3322).

Please note that the Clipper fare payment card is not accepted on the Capitol Corridor.

Free Transit Transfers

The Capitol Corridor offers free transfers to other connecting transit providers. This includes AC Transit, County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT, and Fairfield and Suisun Transit.

Contra Costa Stations – Information

There are two Capitol Corridor stations in Contra Costa: Martinez and Richmond. For detailed information about station parking, transit connections, hours, bicycle access, amenities and more, click the appropriate button below.

Bikes on the Capitol Corridor

Each Capitol Corridor train has two bike cars, each with large-capacity storage to hold about a dozen bicycles, as well as luggage and other large items. The bike cars are designated by a decal. In addition, each train car has three bike racks on the lower level.

For passengers who don’t need to bring their bikes on the train, there are free bike racks as well as BikeLink electronic lockers at most stations, including Richmond and Martinez.

Most connecting buses can accommodate a limited number of bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis.


Incentives & Offers

Try Transit

Pledge to try transit instead of driving alone to and/or from work and we’ll give you a free, pre-loaded $25 Clipper card.

Drive Less Commuter Incentive

Make the switch from driving alone to taking transit and you can apply for the Drive Less Commuter Incentive.

Guaranteed Ride Home

A free “insurance policy” against being stuck without a way to get home. Our Guaranteed Ride Home program reimburses you for a ride home during unexpected emergencies like a personal illness, sick child, or missing your carpool. 


Plan Your Trip

The 511 Contra Costa Transit Map shows the service areas of the 14 transit agencies that serve Contra Costa County. Find all agencies that serve a specific location or look up the service area for a particular transit agency.


Why make the switch?

10:1 Pollution: What is 10:1? A solo driver uses more energy and creates more air pollution in just four years than a transit passenger would in 40 years.

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