County Connection

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County Connection
County Connection logo.svg
County Connection bus at Orinda station, March 2018.JPG
County Connection bus at Orinda station in 2018
ParentCentral Contra Costa Transit Authority
Founded1980
Headquarters2477 Arnold Industrial Way,
Concord, California
LocaleEast Bay
Service areaCentral Contra Costa County
Service typebus service
ADA paratransit
Routes29 local
7 express
25 select service
1 local shuttle
Stops1,000+
Fleet131 heavy-duty transit buses
48 paratransit vans
Daily ridership11,627 weekday boardings[1]
Fuel typeULSD
Chief executiveRick Ramacier
Websitecccta.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]

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 Notes/Weekend Route
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
1 North-South Mitchell Dr Park & Ride Rossmoor Walnut Creek Ride 301 on Weekends
1M East-West BART Walnut Creek John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek Walnut Creek
2 North-South BART Walnut Creek Trotter Way & Bridle Ln Walnut Creek
3 North-South Martinez (Amtrak Station) Center & Kaiser Martinez Amtrak
4
The Free Ride
North-South BART Walnut Creek Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek Free, daily service between BART Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza via downtown
5 North-South BART Walnut Creek Creekside Dr Walnut Creek
6 East-West BART Lafayette BART Orinda Lafayette, Orinda Also operates on weekends
Operates 3 trips per day to Orinda Village and Community Center
7 East-West BART Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek Operates from 6am - 7pm
9 North-South Diablo Valley College BART Walnut Creek Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek 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 Service via Clayton Rd Ride 310 on Weekends
11 East-West BART Concord BART Pleasant Hill Concord, Pleasant Hill 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 Service via Monument Blvd Ride 314 on Weekends
15 East-West BART Concord BART Walnut Creek Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek 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 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
18 North-South Amtrak Martinez BART Pleasant Hill Martinez (Amtrak), Pleasant Hill Also serves Diablo Valley College Ride 316 on Weekends
19 North-South Amtrak Martinez BART Concord Martinez (Amtrak), Concord Ride 316 on Weekends
20 East-West BART Concord Diablo Valley College Concord Also serves Sunvalley Mall Ride 314 and 320 on Weekends
21 North-South BART Walnut Creek San Ramon Transit Center Walnut Creek Service via Danville Blvd Ride 321 on Weekends
25 East-West BART Walnut Creek BART Lafayette Walnut Creek, Lafayette
28 East-West BART North Concord Amtrak Martinez Martinez (Amtrak), North Concord Also serves Diablo Valley College
35 North-South San Ramon Transit Center BART Dublin/Pleasanton Dublin/Pleasanton Service via Windemere Pkwy and East Branch Pkwy only during midday from 10:30 AM to 3:45 PM
91X
Concord Commuter Express
Loop BART Concord - Airport Plaza Concord Operates during AM and PM peak periods only
92X
ACE Express
North-South Mitchell Dr Park & Ride ACE Pleasanton Pleasanton (ACE) 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 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 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 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 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 also serves Contra Costa Blvd & Viking Dr - Sunvalley Mall
99X
Martinez/North Concord Express
East-West Amtrak Martinez BART North Concord Martinez (Amtrak), North Concord Route serves Arnold Industrial Wy & Pacheco Transit Hub
250
Gael Rail Shuttle
North-South BART Lafayette Saint Mary's College Lafayette Operates late night trips only Thursday—Sunday
260
Cal State East Bay Shuttle
Loop BART Concord - Cal State East Bay Concord Operates PM trips only Monday—Thursday
Alamo Creek Shuttle North-South BART Walnut Creek Alamo Creek Walnut Creek Operates northbound AM only, southbound PM only (mornings to Walnut Creek, afternoons to Alamo Creek)
712 East-West BART Pittsburg/Bay Point BART 19th Street Oakland Pleasant Hill Early Bird Express route with limited early-morning trips[5]
715 East-West BART North Concord/Martinez BART Lafayette Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek Early Bird Express route with limited early-morning trips[5]

Weekends[edit]

Service is provided on the following 11 routes:

Route Direction Terminals ACE, Amtrak, or BART Connection at Notes
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
4
The Free Ride
North-South BART Walnut Creek Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek Free, daily service between BART Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza via downtown
6 East-West BART Lafayette BART Orinda Lafayette, Orinda Also operates on weekdays
250
Gael Rail Shuttle
North-South BART Lafayette Saint Mary's College Lafayette Operates PM trips only Thursday—Sunday
301 North-South John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Campus Rossmoor Walnut Creek
310 East-West Clayton Rd & Kirker Pass Road Concord Bart Concord
311 East-West BART Concord BART Walnut Creek Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek
314 East-West Concord BART Diablo Valley College Concord Service via Contra Costa Blvd, Monument Blvd, and Clayton Rd
315 East-West Clayton Rd & Bel Air Dr BART Concord Concord
316 North-South Alhambra Ave & Walnut Ave BART Pleasant Hill Martinez (Amtrak), Pleasant Hill Also serves Diablo Valley College
320 East-West BART Concord Diablo Valley College Concord Service via Diamond Blvd
321 North-South BART Walnut Creek Sunset Dr & Bishop Dr Walnut Creek Also serves San Ramon Transit Center
335 North-South San Ramon Transit Center BART Dublin/Pleasanton Dublin Starts August 11th, 2019, serves Bishop Ranch[6]

Fixed-route fleet[edit]

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

The current fixed-route fleet consists of 135 wheelchair-accessible buses manufactured by Gillig. Each bus is accessible by a 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.

Fleet # Length (feet) Floor height Wheelchair-accessible via Make Model Year Fuel
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
1400-1406 29 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2014 ULSD
1500-1532 40 Low-floor Fold-out ramp Gillig Low Floor BRT 2015-2016 ULSD
1600-1603 29 Low floor Fold out ramp Gillig Trolley Bus EV 2016 Electric
1700-1712 35 Low floor Fold out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2017 ULSD
1713-1726 29 Low floor Fold out ramp Gillig Low Floor 2017 ULSD
1800-1803 29 Low floor Fold out ramp Gillig Low Floor EV 2018 Electric

References[edit]

  1. ^ CCCTA - Operating & Scheduling Committee: Fixed-Route Operating Report for May 2010[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ CalAct - "The County Connection Central: Contra Costa County's Ride 1980-2001" Archived 2006-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Darlene Bonanno v. Central Contra Costa Transit Authority
  4. ^ a b CCCTA - Maps & Schedules Archived April 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Early Bird Express" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. 2019.
  6. ^ "NEW Weekend Route 335 Starts Aug 11, 2019". County Connection. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2019-08-11.

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