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Published August 17, 2010
Volume 18, Number 8


Transit Doesn’t Stand Still in the Bay Area   

Even a quick look at the transit networks in the Bay Area will tell you that this is not your parents’ public transportation. Today’s next-generation vehicles—primarily, buses and trains—are powered by new fuel-efficient engines, like diesel-electric hybrids, which produce reduced CO2 emissions. They are equipped with amenities such as tables, Wi-Fi, and power outlets so commuters can get a head start on their work day. Many feature wheelchair lifts, seat belts that accommodate child seats, and bike racks to make commuting more accessible to a wider audience. 

Hacienda’s strategic location at the gateway to the Bay Area makes it a natural transportation hub, with a large number of transit providers. WHEELS  buses, which all Hacienda employees and residents can ride for free with a Hacienda EcoPass, run throughout Hacienda, Pleasanton, and the Tri-Valley (see www.hacienda.org/services/services_commute_pass.html). Buses also arrive here from throughout the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. Train service is provided by the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), whose new West Dublin/Pleasanton station is slated to open next year.

Thanks to the Internet, it has never been easier to avail oneself of these public transit options. Agency web sites offer online trip planners, many based on 511.org, showing how to get to your chosen destination. Real-time arrival information can be accessed from all kinds of mobile devices, and live web cams display up-to-date views of current traffic conditions.

With more than 20,000 people living and working in Hacienda, it is also likely that you’ll be able to find carpool or vanpool opportunities with one of your neighbors. The increasing number of high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Bay Area freeways means that you’ll be able to save travel time, too. There are even a number of convenient bicycle routes coming into the park from a variety of different directions. This special map and directory of Tri-Valley services will help you keep track of all the options. A downloadable version of the map is available at www.hacienda.org/resources/tvtransportguide.html.




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LOCAL TRANSIT AGENCIES
Transit agencies providing commute services within the Tri-Valley
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Amtrak California
(800) USA-RAIL  (872-7245)
www.amtrakcalifornia.com   

Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)
(800) 411-RAIL (7245)
www.acerail.com

BART
(925) 676-BART (676-2278)
(510) 441-2278
(510) 839-2220 (TDD)
(510) 287-5000 (paratransit/East Bay)
www.BART.gov

County Connection
(925) 676-7500
(800) 735-2929 (TDD/TTY)
(925) 938-7433 (paratransit/Link)
www.cccta.org

Greyhound
(800) 231-2222
(800) 345-3109 (TDD/TTY)
(800) 752-4841 (paratransit)
www.greyhound.com
e-mail: ifsr@greyhound.com

MAX Commuter Express
(209) 521-1274
(209) 521-1274 (TDD)
(209) 527-4900 (Dial-A-Ride)
www.modestoareaexpress.com

SJRTD/SMART Bus
(800) 469-8674
(209) 943-1111 (voice and TDD)
(800) 367-7433 or (209) 946-0520 (paratransit/Dial-A-Ride) 
www.sanjoaquinrtd.com
e-mail: information@sanjoaquinrtd.com

Tri-Delta Transit
(925) 754-4040
(925) 754-3695 (TTY)
(925) 754-3060 (paratransit/Dial-A-Ride)
www.trideltatransit.com
e-mail: comments@eccta.org

WHEELS
(925) 455-7500
(877) 735-2929 (TTY)
(925) 455-7510 (paratransit/Dial-A-Ride)
www.wheelsbus.com
e-mail: info@lavta.org

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NEIGHBORING OR CONNECTING TRANSIT AGENCIES
Transit agencies providing commute services connecting to Tri-Valley service
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AC Transit
511, say “AC Transit”
(510) 891-4700
(800) 448-9790 (TDD)
(510) 287-5000 (paratransit/TTY)
www.actransit.org

Caltrain
(800) 660-4287
(650) 508-6448 (TDD)
www.caltrain.com

Capitol Corridor
(877) 9-RIDECC (974-3322)
www.capitolcorridor.org
email: trains@capitolcorridor.org

Golden Gate Transit
511
(415) 455-2000
(415) 711 or California Relay (TDD)
www.goldengate.org

SamTrans
(800) 660-4287
(510) 817-1717
(650) 508-6448 (TDD)
1-800-660-4287 (paratransit/Redi-Wheels)
www.samtrans.com

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
(800) 894-9908
(408) 321-2300
(408) 321-2330 (TDY)
www.vta.org
e-mail: customerservice@vta.org

WestCAT
(510) 724-7993
(510) 724-7433 (Dial-A-Ride)
(510) 724-6320 (paratransit)
(800) 735-2929 (TTY via California Relay Service)
www.westcat.org
email: info@westcat.org

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PARATRANSIT AGENCIES
Agencies providing commute services to individuals with a disability who are ADA certified to use paratransit
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County Connection Link
(925) 680-2066 (Applications)
(925) 938-RIDE (938-7433) (Reservations)
(925) 943-1829 (Cancellations)
www.cccta.org/pages/link_paratransit.htm

East Bay Paratransit
(510) 287-5000 or (800) 555-8085
(510) 287-5065 (TTY)
www.actransit.org/riderinfo/paratransit.wu

Pleasanton Paratransit (Dial-A-Ride)
(925) 931-5376 
www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/recreation/transportation.html

San Francisco Paratransit
(415) 285-6945
(415) 701-2323 (TTY)
www.sfparatransit.com

Union City Paratransit 
(510) 476-1500
www.uctransit.org

WestCAT (Dial-A-Ride)
(510) 724-7433
www.westcat.org/dialaride

WHEELS (Dial-A-Ride)
(925) 455-7510
www.wheelsbus.com/dialaride

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TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT AGENCIES
Agencies providing information and referral service on transit alternatives, commuter ridesharing, and employer programs
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511 Bay Area transportation information
511
www.511.org

511 Contra Costa County
(925) 969-0841
www.511contracosta.org

Alameda County Transportation Commission
(formerly Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and Alameda
County Transportation Improvement Authority)
www.alamedactc.com

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
(415) 771-6000
www.baaqmd.gov

Clipper Direct
(800) 735-2929
www.clippercard.com/clipperdirect/index.do

Commute Connection
San Joaquin Council of Governments
(800) 52-SHARE (527-4273)
(209) 235-1094
www.commuteconnection.com

Commuter Check Benefit Solutions
(800) 531-2828
www.commutercheck.com
email: sales@accorservicesusa.com

Contra Costa Transportation Authority
(925) 256-4700
www.ccta.net

FasTrak
(877) BAY-TOLL (229-8655)
www.bayareafastrak.org

Guaranteed Ride Home
(510) 433-0320 or (800) 745-RIDE (7433)
www.accma.ca.gov/grh

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
(510) 817-5700
www.mtc.ca.gov
email: info@mtc.ca.gov

Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance
(650) 588-8170
www.commute.org

RIDES
Dial 511, Say “Rideshare”
(510) 273-3600
www.rideshare.511.org

Solano Commuter Information
(707) 424-6075 or (800) 535-6883
www.solanolinks.com/commuterinfo.html

Wage Works
(877) 924-3967
www.wageworks.com

West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC)
(510) 215-3035
www.wcctac.org
email: wcctac@ci.san-pablo.ca.us

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Organizations providing further alternative commute support
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East Bay Regional Park District
Parks and trails information
(510) 562-PARK (7275)
(510) 633-0460 (TDD)
www.ebparks.org

Electric Vehicle Charger Station
Many former charger stations are in transition or no longer operational. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.evchargernews.com.

Compressed Natural Gas Refueling Station
Pinnacle CNG, 4500 Norris Canyon (UPS Package Distribution Center),  San Ramon, www.pinnaclecng.com/fueling%20locations/sanramon.htm

 

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