County Connection

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County Connection
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Bus 404 on then-Route 126 at BART Orinda
Founded 1980
Headquarters 2477 Arnold Industrial Way,
Concord, CA
Locale East Bay
Service area Central Contra Costa County
Service type bus service
ADA paratransit
Routes 29 local
7 express
25 select service
1 local shuttle
Stops 1,000+
Fleet 131 heavy-duty transit buses
48 paratransit vans
Daily ridership 11,627 weekday boardings[1]
Fuel type ULSD
Operator Central Contra Costa Transit Authority
Chief executive Rick Ramacier
Website cccta.org

The County Connection (officially, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, CCCTA) is a Concord-based public transit agency operating fixed-route bus and ADA paratransit (County Connection LINK) service in and around central Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1980 as a joint powers authority, CCCTA assumed control of public bus service within central Contra Costa first begun by Oakland-based AC Transit as it expanded into suburban Contra Costa County in the mid-1970s (especially after the opening of BART).

History[edit]

In March 1980, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority was created by a joint powers agreement between the cities of Clayton, Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, the town of Moraga, and the County of Contra Costa. Upon their incorporation, the town of Danville and the city of San Ramon also joined CCCTA. CCCTA is governed by a board of directors, with a representative appointed from each of its member cities and the county. Day-to-day operations are overseen by the General Manager.

On 1 July 1980, CCCTA began operating service with its first route serving Walnut Creek.[2] The changeover from AC Transit to County Connection was somewhat gradual, with County Connection assuming the remainder of the service by 1982.[3]

Service area[edit]

Within its service area of over 200 square miles (520 km2), the County Connection provides service to the communities of:

Fixed-route service[edit]

As of June 2010, the County Connection operates 30 weekday routes (three of which also operate on weekends), seven weekend-only routes, and 25 select service routes within central Contra Costa County.[4] All routes, with the exception of some of the 600-numbered series select service trips, connect with regional train service, primarily BART, in addition to ACE in Pleasanton and Amtrak, including Amtrak California's Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin services in Martinez. Among its 30 weekday routes, the County Connection operates seven express routes (Routes 91X—98X). With support from the city of Walnut Creek, the County Connection also operates a free downtown circulator with trolley livery (Route 4) with service between Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza.

Major points of interest in the area served by the County Connection include:

Route overview[edit]

Weekdays[edit]

Weekday service is provided on all routes except 300-numbered series routes, which operate only on weekends. 600-numbered series routes are select service trips convenient to area schools and operate on school days with service timed to school bell times.[4]

Route Direction Terminals ACE, Amtrak, or BART Connection at Schedule Information Notes/Weekend Route
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
1 North-South Mitchell Dr Park & Ride Rossmoor Walnut Creek Route 1 Schedule Ride 301 on Weekends
2 North-South BART Walnut Creek Trotter Way & Bridle Ln Walnut Creek Route 2 Schedule
4
The Free Ride
North-South BART Walnut Creek Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek Route 4 Schedule Free, daily service between BART Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza via downtown
5 North-South BART Walnut Creek Creekside Dr Walnut Creek Route 5 Schedule
6 East-West BART Lafayette BART Orinda Lafayette, Orinda Route 6 Schedule Also operates on weekends
Operates 3 trips per day to Orinda Village and Community Center
7 Loop BART Walnut Creek - BART Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek Route 7 Schedule Operates during AM and PM peak periods only, with clockwise and counter-clockwise loops
9 North-South Diablo Valley College BART Walnut Creek Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek Route 9 Schedule Also serves JFK University
10 East-West Clayton - Clayton Library
6 AM—8PM
Clayton Rd & Kirker Pass Rd
Before 6 AM and after 8 PM
BART Concord Concord Route 10 Schedule Service via Clayton Rd Ride 310 on Weekends
11 East-West BART Concord BART Pleasant Hill Concord, Pleasant Hill Route 11 Schedule Service via Meadow Ln and Oak Grove Rd (north of Treat Blvd) Ride 311 on Weekends
14 North-South BART Concord BART Pleasant Hill Concord, Pleasant Hill Route 14 Schedule Service via Monument Blvd Ride 314 on Weekends
15 East-West BART Concord BART Walnut Creek Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek Route 15 Schedule Service via Treat Blvd Ride 311 and 315 on Weekends
16 North-South Amtrak Martinez
5:40 AM—8:40 PM
Crescent Plaza & Crescent Dr
Before 5:40 AM and after 8:40 PM
BART Concord Martinez (Amtrak), Concord Route 16 Schedule Service via Alhambra Ave, Crescent Plaza - Downtown Pleasant Hill, and Monument Blvd Ride 314 and 316 on Weekends
17 North-South BART North Concord BART Concord North Concord, Concord Route 17 Schedule
18 North-South Amtrak Martinez BART Pleasant Hill Martinez (Amtrak), Pleasant Hill Route 18 Schedule Also serves Diablo Valley College Ride 316 on Weekends
19 North-South Amtrak Martinez BART Concord Martinez (Amtrak), Concord Route 19 Schedule Ride 316 on Weekends
20 East-West BART Concord Diablo Valley College Concord Route 20 Schedule Also serves Sunvalley Mall Ride 314 and 320 on Weekends
21 North-South BART Walnut Creek San Ramon Transit Center Walnut Creek Route 21 Schedule Service via Danville Blvd Ride 321 on Weekends
25 East-West BART Walnut Creek BART Lafayette Walnut Creek, Lafayette Route 25 Schedule
28 East-West BART North Concord Amtrak Martinez Martinez (Amtrak), North Concord Route 28 Schedule Also serves Diablo Valley College
35 North-South San Ramon Transit Center BART Dublin/Pleasanton Dublin/Pleasanton Route 35 Schedule Service via Windemere Pkwy and East Branch Pkwy only during midday from 10:30 AM to 3:45 PM
36 North-South San Ramon Transit Center BART Dublin/Pleasanton Dublin/Pleasanton Route 36 Schedule
91X
Concord Commuter Express
Loop BART Concord - Airport Plaza Concord Route 91X Schedule Operates during AM and PM peak periods only
92X
ACE Express
North-South Mitchell Dr Park & Ride ACE Pleasanton Pleasanton (ACE) Route 92X Schedule Operates during AM and PM peak periods only. Also serves Danville Park & Ride and San Ramon Transit Center
93X
Kirker Pass Express
East-West BART Walnut Creek
AM terminal
Hillcrest (Antioch) Park & Ride
PM terminal
Walnut Creek Route 93X Schedule Operates westbound AM only, eastbound PM only (mornings to Walnut Creek, afternoons to Hillcrest Park & Ride)
95X
San Ramon Express
North-South BART Walnut Creek San Ramon Transit Center Walnut Creek Route 95X Schedule Operates during AM and PM peak periods only. Also serves Danville Park & Ride
96X
Bishop Ranch Express, North
Loop BART Walnut Creek - Bishop Ranch Walnut Creek Route 96X Schedule Operates during AM and PM peak periods only. Also serves San Ramon Transit Center
97X
Bishop Ranch Express, South
Loop BART Dublin/Pleasanton - Bishop Ranch Dublin/Pleasanton Route 97X Schedule Operates during AM and PM peak periods only. Also serves San Ramon Transit Center
98X
Martinez/Walnut Creek Express
North-South Amtrak Martinez BART Walnut Creek Martinez (Amtrak), Walnut Creek Route 98X Schedule Route also serves Contra Costa Blvd & Viking Dr - Sunvalley Mall
250
Gael Rail Shuttle
North-South BART Lafayette Saint Mary's College Lafayette Route 250 Schedule Operates late night trips only Thursday—Sunday
260
Cal State East Bay Shuttle
Loop BART Concord - Cal State East Bay Concord Route 260 Schedule Operates PM trips only Monday—Thursday

Weekends[edit]

Service is provided on the following 11 routes:

Route Direction Terminals ACE, Amtrak, or BART Connection at Schedule Information Notes
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
4
The Free Ride
North-South BART Walnut Creek Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek Route 4 Schedule Free, daily service between BART Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza via downtown
6 East-West BART Lafayette BART Orinda Lafayette, Orinda Route 6 Schedule Also operates on weekdays
250
Gael Rail Shuttle
North-South BART Lafayette Saint Mary's College Lafayette Route 250 Schedule Operates PM trips only Thursday—Sunday
301 North-South John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Campus Rossmoor Walnut Creek Route 301 Schedule
310 East-West Clayton Rd & Kirker Pass Road Concord Bart Concord Route 310 Schedule
311 East-West BART Concord BART Walnut Creek Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek Route 311 Schedule
314 East-West Concord BART Diablo Valley College Concord Route 314 Schedule Service via Contra Costa Blvd, Monument Blvd, and Clayton Rd
315 East-West Clayton Rd & Bel Air Dr BART Concord Concord Route 315 Schedule
316 North-South Alhambra Ave & Walnut Ave BART Pleasant Hill Martinez (Amtrak), Pleasant Hill Route 316 Schedule Also serves Diablo Valley College
320 East-West BART Concord Diablo Valley College Concord Route 320 Schedule Service via Diamond Blvd
321 North-South BART Walnut Creek Sunset Dr & Bishop Dr Walnut Creek Route 321 Schedule Also serves San Ramon Transit Center

Holidays[edit]

Fixed-route fares[edit]

Fares are effective 22 March 2009[5]

Cash[edit]

Route Adult (18-64)/Youth (6-17) Senior (65+)/Disabled
Local US$2.00 US$1.00
Express US$2.25 US$1.00
Route 4 The Free Ride Free Free

Transfer[edit]

Type Adult (18–64)/Youth (6-17) Senior (65+)/Disabled
Bus-to-Bus Free Free
BART-to-Bus* US$1.00 US$0.50
  • † Children five years of age and under may ride free, but may ride only when accompanied by an adult.
  • ‡ Proper identification must be presented to obtain the reduced Senior/Disabled fare.
  • ₮ In order to facilitate passenger connections between County Connection buses, transfer slips are issued upon request at the time the proper fare is paid. Transfers are good for up to two uses (only one use if boarding with a BART-to-Bus transfer) and are valid for two hours on weekdays and three hours on weekends (until the time shown at the top of the transfer).
  • BART-Bus Transfers do not require an additional fare. It is $1, and transfers are available at machines inside connecting BART stations.

Passes and Punch Cards[edit]

County Connection offers for sale a monthly pass or several types of punch card which provide a discount over cash fare:

  • Monthly Pass (East Bay Value Pass) for US$60.00, valid on all County Connection, Wheels, Tri Delta Transit and WestCAT fixed-route buses
  • 12-Ride Punch Card for US$20.00 (valid on Local and Express routes)
  • Commuter Punch Card for US$40.00, with 20 Local or Express fares and 20 BART-to-Bus transfer fares
  • Senior/Disabled 20-Ride Punch Card for US$15.00 (valid on Local and Express routes)

Connecting transportation[edit]

  • ACE at the Pleasanton station in Alameda County
  • Amtrak at the Martinez station in Contra Costa County
  • BART at the Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord and North Concord/Martinez stations in Contra Costa County, and at the Dublin/Pleasanton station in Alameda County
  • Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) Route 40 at BART Pleasant Hill and BART Walnut Creek
  • Tri-Delta Transit Delta Express at BART Dublin/Pleasanton and in Martinez at Amtrak Martinez and at shared stops along Alhambra Ave and Route 200 in Martinez at Amtrak Martinez, at shared stops along Alhambra Ave, and at the VA Martinez Outpatient Clinic
  • SolTrans Route 78 at BART Pleasant Hill and BART Walnut Creek and Route 76 at Diablo Valley College.
  • WestCAT Route 30Z in Martinez at Amtrak Martinez, at shared stops along Alhambra Ave, and at the VA Martinez Outpatient Clinic
  • WHEELS routes at BART Dublin/Pleasanton, BART Pleasant Hill, and BART Walnut Creek; at shared stops in San Ramon along Alcosta Blvd; in Dublin along Village Pkwy, Dublin Blvd, and Dougherty Rd; and at ACE Pleasanton Station

The local transportation demand management organization 511 Contra Costa also provides information for intermodal transfers throughout the county, and works closely with County Connection to improve regional transit.

Fixed-route fleet[edit]

Bus 316 (with special "Free Ride" trolley livery) in service on then-Route 104 at Broadway Plaza

The current fixed-route fleet consists of 131 wheelchair-accessible buses manufactured by Gillig. Each bus is accessible by either lift or ramp, and has space for two wheelchairs. Buses feature Clever Devices GPS-based automatic voice annunciation (AVA) and visual next-stop announcements. Each bus has the capacity for two bicycles on a front bumper-mounted rack, with an additional two bicycles permitted aboard at the bus operator's discretion.

Series Length (feet) Floor height Wheelchair-accessible via Make Model Year Fuel
100-106 30 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2001 ULSD
200-213 40 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2002 ULSD
300-314 30 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2003 ULSD
315-317 30 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Trolley (retrofit) n/a ULSD
400-412 35 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2003 ULSD
500-518 40 Standard-floor Lift Gillig Phantom 2004 ULSD
900-908 40 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor BRT 2009 Diesel-electric hybrid
909-939 40 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor BRT 2009, 2010 ULSD
1300-1309 40 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor BRT 2013 ULSD

Amigos de Viajar[edit]

In 2006, the County Connection partnered with Moore & Associates, Inc., a public transit marketing firm, to develop and produce a targeted Spanish language outreach program. This resulted in the transit agency's Amigos de Viajar program.[6] The program was created to provide one-on-one instructional outreach to Spanish-speaking persons within Concord's Monument Corridor community. As a result, 12 volunteers were trained in how to provide fellow community members with trip planning assistance. The volunteers, identified by their high-visibility yellow vests, can be seen at area bus stops, transit centers, and aboard the County Connection's buses. Developed in support of the program, Moore & Associates scripted and produced a nine-minute film outlining the public transportation options in Contra Costa County, benefits of utilizing public transportation, detailed illustrations on how to ride transit, and options with connecting transit systems - including BART and AC Transit, among others. The film was printed to DVD and distributed to organizations throughout the Monument community and greater Concord.

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