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 ________________________________________

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 ________________________________________

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 ________________________________________

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 ________________________________________

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 ________________________________________

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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