Getting Students to School,
Safely and Affordably
Safe Routes to School
CCTA is leading a comprehensive approach to ensuring children's safety as they travel to and from school. We partnered with 511 Contra Costa to engage with school administrators, districts, City/County staff, and local police departments to create safer conditions in drop-off and pick-up zones at schools, and to encourage more bicycling and walking among K-12 students across Contra Costa.
As part of the San Pablo Dam Road Interchange project, the new Riverside Pedestrian Overcrossing was completed and opened for use in October 2016 enabling students to safely cross Interstate 80 and bypass busy streets to access Riverside Elementary School.
Street Smarts Diablo
The 511 Contra Costa Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs are branded as Street Smarts Diablo, in keeping with other Street Smarts programs in cities throughout the Bay Area. In Central and East County all elementary schools (77), middle schools (26) and most high schools (11 of 15) have participated in the Street Smarts Diablo program in the last two years, which includes over 70,000 students. These successful Street Smarts Diablo programs include:
- "Mr. Beeps"- a bike and pedestrian safety assembly for grades K-3. This 30-minute assembly features a robotic talking car (Mr. Beeps) and Street Smarts Diablo staff. It also includes bicycle and pedestrian safety education and encouragement. Each student receives a bilingual Mr. Beeps safety activity book to reinforce the basic concepts presented at the assembly.
- International Walk to School Day - held annually in October, is a single-day event to increase awareness of walking and bicycling as safe, healthy, and fun modes of transportation to get to and from school.
- SchoolPool Transit Ticket Program - this introductory program provides students with a free, limited-ride public bus pass to allow students to try transit as an alternative to a parent driving students to school.
- Head’s Up! - a program for children in grades 4 and 5 that emphasizes the importance of helmets for bicyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders.
- Start Smart - a very popular high school program that is run as a partnership with the California Highway Patrol. Two-hour presentations are offered to students and their parents/guardians to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving and the need to share the road with bicyclists.
Connecting Students to Education
An innovative program in southern Contra Costa is helping students get to school by providing the transportation they need to jumpstart their education. San Ramon Valley's TRAFFIX School Bus Program operates new buses with state-of-the-art safety features, and helps reduce traffic congestion caused by parents driving their children to and from school.
The West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) Low-Income Student Bus Pass Program provides bus fare subsidies for low-income high school students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The free service is eligible to all students qualified under the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRL) on a "first-come, first-served" basis.