Commuters from Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood and Byron will have the opportunity to get out of their cars and into comfortable, air-conditioned state-of-the-art buses for a relaxing ride to Hacienda, thanks to a two-week trial offered by Tri-Delta Transit.
The eastern Contra Costa County transit agency will be running a free trial commuter service from its local communities to Hacienda from June 4-15. If sufficient demand is seen, the route could become a permanent offering.
It promises to be a luxurious ride. The buses are equipped with luggage racks, airline-style seating, reading lights, foot rests, radio and CD player plug-ins at every seat, VHS video players and televisions, and bike racks.
Tri-Delta Transit wants to give riders a pleasant commute. Tania Judkins, marketing coordinator for Tri-Delta Transit, believes that commuters will enjoy the service.
"We know there is a great need for commuter service to the Livermore and Pleasanton areas as there is no bus service from Eastern Contra Costa County. Our service gives people a chance to get out of their cars and it takes away the stress of driving and traffic."
In the morning, the bus will begin picking up passengers in Antioch at 6:14 a.m. at the Hillcrest Park and Ride Lot at the corner of Hillcrest and Highway 4. The bus will continue with stops in Oakley, Brentwood, and Byron, making its last pickup at 6:48 a.m.
Arriving in the Tri-Valley, the bus will service ACE train riders with a stop in Livermore at 7:26 a.m. The first drop-off point in the park is at 7:49 a.m. at Rosewood and Owens drives. Passengers will be dropped off at five stops in Hacienda, followed by the final morning drop off at Hopyard Road and Stoneridge Drive at 7:55 a.m.
Judkins says that the goal of the bus service is to have employees to work by 8:00 a.m. and to pick them up after work at 5:00 p.m.
The return route at night begins with the first pickup at Hopyard and Stoneridge Drive at 5:10 p.m. and follows the morning route in reverse, with the last pickup is at Rosewood and Owens Drive at 5:16 p.m.
After stopping in Livermore, the bus arrives in Byron at 6:01 p.m., Brentwood at 6:13 pm., Oakley at 6:25 p.m. and in Antioch at 6:35 p.m.
Judkins asks that those interested in riding should call and sign up for the service. This will give the agency an idea of the number of people who will be participating and whether there is a need for an extra bus.
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