Critical Transit Funding Increases Choices
Your tax dollars are funding an increasingly diverse array of transit choices across Contra Costa County. From bus service throughout the region to new ferry services on the horizon, these choices are easing congestion and providing vital transit connections to residents of all ages.
Local Agencies Deliver Countywide Bus Connections
Contra Costa Transportation Authority funds all four local transit providers, including AC Transit, the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection), Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT), and Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit). Combined, these agencies move thousands of riders daily to destinations including local schools and hospitals, East Bay employment centers, and regional destinations like downtown San Francisco.
Ferry Service Is On the Way!
CCTA continues its planning and development to launch a brand-new ferry connection from Richmond to San Francisco in the coming years. This new connection will provide a link from the East Bay directly to jobs in the Financial District in downtown San Francisco. By increasing reliable transit options for Bay Area commuters, we can simultaneously decrease congestion and protect the environment in Contra Costa and throughout the Bay Area. Ferry service is expected to launch in 2018.
511 Contra Costa Text-Your-Commute Challenge
In October, 511 Contra Costa and CCTA launched its first Text-Your-Commute Challenge to encourage area residents to skip the lonely drive to work in favor of a clean transportation option such as carpooling, public transportation, biking or walking. The Text-Your-Commute Challenge is part of CCTA’s broader commitment to reduce traffic congestion and pollution by incentivizing solo drivers to opt for more efficient and environmentally sound transit options.
The three-week challenge was a great success with over 300 community participants completing over 5,000 clean trips. All together, these clean commute trips represent 103,598 fewer solo driving miles. CCTA and 511 Contra Costa look forward to future challenges to encourage even more Contra Costa residents to ditch the solo drive for carpools, buses, ferries or the bike path.
Programs for Seniors and People with Disabilities
CCTA's continues our dedication to provide accessible service to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Cost-effective public transportation services integrated with accessible shared-ride services helps maximize our investments and increase reliability and service for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Contra Costa County. By fostering partnerships between non-profit agencies, public transit agencies, and public social service programs, we're enabling better services, more efficiently.
2016 marked the second year of successful partnership between CCTA and Mobility Matters, a non-profit service that supports the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. As implementers of the Contra Costa Mobility Management plan, the Mobility Matters team has spearheaded critical work evaluating existing programs, developing new resources for riders and brokering key relationships with community, government and private enterprise stakeholders.
In 2016, 187 volunteers provided 3,128 rides to 328 seniors and people with disabilities. Additionally, the Contra Costa Mobility Management Plan, in conjunction with private implementers, launched a travel-training program designed to help seniors and people with disabilities travel independently using fixed-route public transit. Supportive guides empower residents to travel safely and conveniently to work, medical appointments, shopping and more.
In 2016, Mobility Matters laid the groundwork for a new program for veterans launching in 2017. The new Rides 4 Veterans program will provide veterans with transportation services that are not covered by the Veterans Administration. The program will connect veteran drivers with veteran riders to build connections and provide critical services for the county’s veteran population.