San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California. The region encompasses the cities and metropolitan areas of San Jose, San Francisco. The Bay Areas nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma. The combined statistical area of the region is the second-largest in California, the fifth-largest in the United States, the Bay Area has the second-most Fortune 500 Companies in the United States, and is known for its natural beauty, liberal politics and diversity. The eastern side of the bay, consisting of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is known locally as the East Bay, the inner East Bay is more densely populated, with generally older buildings, and a more ethnically diverse population. The word Lamorinda was coined by combining the names of the cities it includes, Moraga, walnut Creek is situated east of Lamorinda and north of the San Ramon Valley and, together with Concord and Pleasant Hill comprises Central Contra Costa County.
The cities of Antioch, Brentwood and the areas surrounding them comprise East Contra Costa County. The Tri-Valley consists of the Amador, the Livermore, and the San Ramon Valleys and Pleasanton comprise the Amador Valley, Livermore lies in the Livermore Valley, and the San Ramon Valley consists of Alamo, Danville and its namesake, San Ramon. The outer East Bay is connected to the inner East Bay by BART, Interstate 580 to the south, and State Routes State Route 4 to the north, the outer East Bays infrastructure was mostly built up after World War II. This area remains largely white demographically, although the Hispanic and Filipino populations have grown significantly over the past 2–3 decades, the region north of the Golden Gate Bridge is known locally as the North Bay. This area encompasses Marin County, Sonoma County, Napa County, the city of Fairfield, being part of Solano County, is often considered the easternmost city of the North Bay. With few exceptions, this region is affluent, Marin County is ranked as the wealthiest in the state.
The North Bay is relatively rural compared to the remainder of the Bay Area, with areas of undeveloped open space, farmland. Santa Rosa in Sonoma County is the North Bays largest city, with a population of 167,815 and a Metropolitan Statistical Area population of 466,891, making it the fifth-largest city in the Bay Area. The North Bay is the section of the Bay Area that is not currently served by a commuter rail service. The area from San Francisco to the Silicon Valley, geographically part of the San Francisco Peninsula, is known locally as The Peninsula, many of these families are of foreign background and have significantly contributed to the diversity of the area. Whereas the term peninsula technically refers to the entire geographical San Franciscan Peninsula, in local terms, San Francisco is surrounded by water on three sides, the north and west. The city squeezes roughly 870,000 people in under 47 square miles, on any given day, there can be as many as 1 million people in the city because of the commuting population and tourism
Altamont Corridor Express
The Altamont Corridor Express is a commuter rail service in California, connecting Stockton and San Jose. ACE is named for the Altamont Pass, through which it runs, service is managed by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, and operations are contracted to Herzog Transit Services, using AAR assigned reporting mark HTSX. The 86-mile route includes ten stops, with travel time about 2 hours and 10 minutes end-to-end, the tracks are owned by Union Pacific Railroad. ACE uses Bombardier BiLevel Coaches and MPI F40PH-3C locomotives, service began on October 19,1998, with two weekday round trips. A third round trip was added in May 2001, followed by a round trip in October 2012. As of 2016, average ridership is 4,900. Under the ACEforward program, a number of improvements to the service are being considered and these include a rerouted line through Tracy, an extension to Modesto and Merced, and connections to BART at Union City and Tri-Valley. In November 1990, San Joaquin County voters passed Measure K, the highest-priority project was the establishment of passenger rail service to San Jose.
In 1995, San Joaquin County and seven cities along the formed the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission to oversee the creation of the service. In May 1997, the Altamont Commuter Express Joint Powers Authority was formed by the SJRRC, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and that agreement formalized financial support, administrative processes, and governance for the rail service. The operation is funded by a variety of state and federal sources, cost sharing for capital projects, excluding stations, during the initial 36 months of service was determined by the JPA on a case-by-case basis and approved by each of the member agencies. The initial purchase of rolling stock, construction of stations, and other start-up costs, Station improvements are the responsibility of the county in which the station is located. ACE pays the owner of the right of way, Union Pacific Railroad, about $1.5 million per year, service began on October 19,1998, which two daily round trips running to San Jose in the morning and Stockton in the evening.
The original service used two trainsets, each with 4 bilevel coach cars, for a seated capacity of 1120 passengers in each direction daily. In September 1999, the service reached 1000 daily riders per direction, the trip was added after ACE funded $3 million in track improvements to reduce conflicts with Union Pacific freight trains and Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains. By early 2001, ACE regularly carried more than 700 daily standees, although the third train added 560 seats in each direction, it brought an immediate increase in 380 daily riders. ACE planned to add a fourth round trip in the year, however, by late 2001, the deepening dot-com recession was severely hurting ridership, and expansion plans were put on hold. On June 30,2003, the ACE JPA was dissolved in favor of a Cooperative Services Agreement between the three member agencies, on January 6,2003, ACE introduced the Stockton Solution Shuttle, allowing Stockton passengers to use the ACE trip which terminated at Lathrop/Manteca
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bay Area Rapid Transit is a public transportation system serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The rapid transit elevated and subway system connects San Francisco with cities in Alameda, Contra Costa, BART operates 5 routes on 104 miles of track connecting 45 stations, plus a 3. 2-mile automated guideway transit line to the Oakland International Airport which adds an additional station. A spur line in eastern Contra Costa County will utilize other rail technologies, with an average of 433,000 weekday passengers and 128.5 million annual passengers in fiscal year 2016, BART is the fifth-busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States. The systems acronym is pronounced Bart, like the name, BART is operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, formed in 1957. As of 2017, it is being expanded to San Jose with the consecutive Warm Springs, some of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Systems current coverage area was once served by an electrified streetcar and suburban train system called the Key System.
This early 20th-century system once had regular trans-bay traffic across the deck of the Bay Bridge. By the mid-1950s, that system had been dismantled in favor of highway travel, a new rapid-transit system was proposed to take the place of the Key System during the late 1940s, and formal planning for it began in the 1950s. Some funding was secured for the BART system in 1959, passenger service began on September 11,1972, initially just between MacArthur and Fremont. All nine Bay Area counties were involved in the planning and envisioned to be connected by BART, before the system began revenue service, serious problems in the design and operation of the Automatic Train Control system were observed. Three engineers working for BART, Max Blankenzee, Robert Bruder, BART management was dismissive of their concerns, so the three took the issue to the board of directors. All but two of the directors voted in February 1972 to support management and reject the safety concerns, management retaliated against the engineers, firing them in March 1972.
The IEEE filed the first amicus brief in its history to support the engineers. The California Society of Professional Engineers reported to the California State Senate in June 1972 that there were serious safety risks with the ATC. Legislative analyst A. Alan Post, opened an investigation immediately, an ATC failure caused the train to run off the end of the elevated track and crash to the ground, injuring four people on-board, and drawing national and international attention. The “Fremont Flyer” led to a redesign of the train controls. The California State Public Utilities Commission imposed stringent oversight over train operations, the legislative analyst issued the first of three “Post Reports” in November 1972. The report was “sharply critical” of BART, finding that the ATC system was unreliable, the ATC program was mismanaged, and “no solution was in sight. ”The report accused BART of paying excessive fees for engineering services. BART’s general manager called the indictment of safety in the Post Report “not only disappointing, telephone calls were placed manually between stations, instead
Gillig Low Floor
The Gillig Low Floor is a transit bus manufactured by the Gillig Corporation. The second low-floor bus introduced in the United States, the Low Floor has been produced since 1997. Originally produced alongside the Gillig Phantom as an expansion of the product range, the Low Floor has become the successor to the Phantom. The Gillig Low Floor is assembled in Hayward, the Gillig Low Floor began life in the mid-1990s as Gillig was approached by Hertz Corporation to develop a shuttle bus for its rental car parking lots at airports to replace its aging GMC RTS buses. Featuring a carpeted interior, luggage racks, and an entry door. In 1996, the first buses for Hertz entered production, Gillig would produce the H2000LF for Hertz through 2005, as the design was replaced by standard Gillig Low Floor buses. In 1997, Gillig modified the H2000LF design for use as a transit bus, the non-Hertz buses were named the Gillig Low Floor, introduced alongside the step-entrance Gillig Phantom. During its production, the Gillig Low Floor has seen revisions to its body design, in 2002, the windshield was enlarged and the side windows were reduced in width.
In 2008, the glass of both entry doors was enlarged, a suburban configuration was added, identified externally by the lack of a rear entry door. In place of transit seating, the configuration is equipped with forward-facing seating, internal luggage racks, onboard Wi-Fi, the Gillig Low Floor is produced in three body lengths in its standard transit bus configuration, with 29 ft,35 ft, and 40 ft lengths available. Maximum seating capacity is 28 for the 29-foot bus,32 for the 35-foot bus, throughout its production, the Gillig Low Floor has featured a range of Cummins engines along with Caterpillar and Detroit Diesel engines. Since 2004, the Gillig Low Floor has been available in a hybrid configuration with the Cummins ISB engine. Depending on variant, the Gillig Low Floor is produced with a range of Allison, and ZF automatic transmissions, hybrid models are produced with Allison, and ZF hybrid-drive powertrains. Gillig manufactures three models of buses based on the Low Floor chassis, the Low Floor BRT, the Low Floor BRTPlus, all have the same engine and transmission options as the standard Low Floor.
The Gillig BRT is a version of the Low Floor with different front. It wears a futuristic look than the standard model. It is available in the lengths as the standard Low Floor model. Instead of sealed-beam headlights, the Gillig BRT has projector headlights, the layout for the headlights was changed slightly in 2009
Compressed natural gas
Compressed natural gas is a fuel which can be used in place of gasoline, Diesel fuel and propane/LPG. CNG combustion produces fewer undesirable gases than the mentioned above. It is safer than other fuels in the event of a spill, because natural gas is lighter than air, CNG may be found above oil deposits, or may be collected from landfills or wastewater treatment plants where it is known as biogas. CNG is made by compressing natural gas, to less than 1 percent of the volume it occupies at standard atmospheric pressure and it is stored and distributed in hard containers at a pressure of 20–25 MPa, usually in cylindrical or spherical shapes. Its use is increasing in South America and North America because of rising gasoline prices. In response to fuel prices and environmental concerns, CNG is starting to be used in tuk-tuks and pickup trucks and school buses. The cost and placement of fuel tanks is the major barrier to wider/quicker adoption of CNG as a fuel. It is why municipal government, public transportation vehicles were the most visible early adopters of it, in spite of these circumstances, the number of vehicles in the world using CNG has grown steadily.
Now, as a result of the steady growth, the cost of such fuel storage tanks has been brought down to a much more acceptable level. Especially for the CNG Type 1 and Type 2 tanks, many countries are able to make reliable, cNGs volumetric energy density is estimated to be 42 percent that of liquefied natural gas, and 25 percent that of diesel fuel. Worldwide, there were 14.8 million natural gas vehicles by 2011, led by Iran with 2.86 million, Argentina, with the Asia-Pacific region leading with 5.7 million NGVs, followed by Latin America with almost four million vehicles. In 2006, Fiat introduced the Siena Tetrafuel in the Brazilian market, equipped with a 1. 4L FIRE engine that runs on E100, E25, any existing gasoline vehicle can be converted to a dual-fuel vehicle. Authorized shops can do the retrofitting and involves installing a CNG cylinder, plumbing, a CNG injection system and the electronics. The cost of installing a CNG conversion kit can often reach $8,000 on passenger cars, CNG costs about 50% less than gasoline and emits up to 90% fewer emissions than gasoline.
CNG locomotives are operated by several railroads, the Napa Valley Wine Train successfully retrofit a diesel locomotive to run on compressed natural gas before 2002. This converted locomotive was upgraded to utilize a computer controlled fuel system in May 2008. Ferrocarril Central Andino in Peru, has run a CNG locomotive on a line since 2005. Vítkovice machinery group in Czech republic starts to operate new CNG locomotive at 2014 and it s based on CKD chassis 714 fully restored by CZ Loko and fitted with CAT3412 engine reworked by MARAT engineering
San Francisco Bay Ferry
San Francisco Bay Ferry is a passenger ferry service on the San Francisco Bay, administered by the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority. San Francisco Bay Ferry is not affiliated with Golden Gate Ferry, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is a government entity created by the California state legislature in 2007 by Senate Bill 976. The organization was formerly the San Francisco Bay Water Transit Authority, WETA has assumed ferry service previously operated by the City of Alameda and Port of Oakland. The ferry lines operated under the Alameda/Oakland Ferry and Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry names, service to the city of South San Francisco began on 4 June 2012, which coincided with use of the new San Francisco Bay Ferry name. Ferry service from Oakland began informally on the day of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when the Bay Bridge was closed, WETA assumed control of the City of Vallejos Baylink Ferry service on July 1,2012. Ferry service from Vallejo to San Francisco dates back to 1986, approximately half of the agencys operating funds come from Regional Measure 2, a $1 toll increase on Bay Area bridges approved in 2004, and the other half comes from fares.
WETA plans to new service from Berkeley and Richmond to San Francisco. Its long-term vision includes service from San Francisco to Antioch, Martinez, Redwood City, and Treasure Island. WETA currently operates regular ferry service from Oakland and Alameda to the San Francisco Ferry Building, Pier 41, Angel Island. It operates limited service from Vallejo and Alameda to AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants baseball home games, free parking is available at the Oakland and South San Francisco ferry terminals. Paid parking is limited, but available, at San Franciscos ferry terminals, service operates between the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal and the Ferry Building. This service began in 1992 and was operated as the Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry. The ferry line provides weekday service only. It takes 30 minutes to cross the bay, with clipper card, fare is $5 each way. Without clipper card, individual one way tickets can be purchased on the boat at $6.25 for adult, daily service operates between Oakland and San Francisco.
Limited, seasonal service to Angel Island is provided. This service began in 1989 and was operated as the Alameda/Oakland Ferry. Service began to Alameda and Oakland on 4 June 2012 and was expanded to include San Francisco in April 2013, the ferry line provides weekday rush-hour service to Oakland and Alameda, as well as leisure service to San Francisco on a limited basis
Motor Coach Industries
Motor Coach Industries International Inc. is a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, a North American bus manufacturer. The company was incorporated in 1933 as Fort Garry Motor Body and Paint Works Limited, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1948, Greyhound Lines of Canada, at that time MCIs major customer, became a majority shareholder when it purchased 65% of the company. MCI was purchased outright by Greyhound Lines in 1958, in 1974 another plant was opened in Roswell, New Mexico under the title Transportation Manufacturing Corporation. In 1987, Greyhound Corporation bought the bus manufacturing operations of General Motors Diesel Division. MCI took over production of GMs RTS model, transferring production to TMC, MCI purchased the GM bus assembly plant in Saint-Eustache, which produced GMs Canadian transit bus model, the Classic. TMC ceased production of the older MCI vehicles in 1990 to concentrate on manufacturing the RTS, in 1993 MCI became an independent corporation, Motor Coach Industries International Inc.
Over the course of the next years MCI reproduced its Viaggio 1000 DOT for sale to the U. S, in late 1999/2000 the G4100, G4500 and F3500 models were released to the U. S. and Canadian markets. Production of the G4500 moved to Winnipeg, after the G4100 had been discontinued, poor reliability of the G4500 resulted in very low sales after Greyhound Lines filed a lawsuit against MCI over the various issues involving the bus. Greyhound took delivery of very few Winnipeg-built G4500s, these were retired, related to a major contract cancellation by Western Star, DINA S. A. sold a great portion of its previously acquired MCI shares to Joseph Littlejohn & Levy. In 1994 TMC, including production rights for the RTS, was sold to NovaBus, in 1997 MCI purchased the rights from the bankrupt Flxible to produce the Flxible Metro and all related parts for same. After a period of product demand, increased competition and lay-offs in the early 2000s, production at MCI plants in Winnipeg and Pembina increased in 2006, a new coach finishing and paint facility and customer delivery centre were constructed on the site.
At the same time, a 7-year contract was attained with the IAMAW union local and this agreement contained cost improvements and production operations flexibility to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the manufacturing and assembly operations. The buses, especially the older MC-8 and workhorse MC-9 models of the 1980s became the standard for travel for many bus companies. Those particular buses featured metal frames and roof supports, metal panels on the sides and were durable and reliable. Currently, the J and D models are the coaches in the North American intercity coach market. On April 17,2009, Motor Coach Industries Inc. emerged from its voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization, MCII and its subsidiaries became wholly owned by KPS Capital Partners, LP. The takeover would make MCI the exclusive North American distributor of the Setra S407 and this planned partnership will allow Daimler Buses to better serve its customers through a broader service network, while strengthening Setra’s presence in North America.
All Setra motor coaches are German-engineered products produced in Neu Ulm, – Canadian manufacturing facility, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Martinez is an Amtrak passenger train station in Martinez, United States, the county seat of Contra Costa County. The station was opened in September 2001, superseding an earlier building that still stands a couple of blocks to the east. Prior to the creation of Amtrak on May 1,1971, the station is served by local County Connection bus service and connecting service from WestCAT, and Tri-Delta Transit, as well as an Amtrak Thruway Bus Service. The station includes a center for buses, passenger drop off and pick-up zones, a taxi stand. The station is served by 42 Amtrak passenger trains each weekday and 34 per day on the weekends, the Capitol Corridor service runs between San Jose, CA and Sacramento, CA and offers 30 trains per weekday. The San Joaquin service offers 8 trains daily between Oakland, CA and Bakersfield, CA, the California Zephyr and the Coast Starlight each operate one train daily in each direction. Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Martinez was the sixth-busiest in fiscal 2013 and this Station is located in Contra Costa County.
County Connection is the transit agency charged with providing bus service. Route 98X offers a bus service to the Walnut Creek BART station. Routes 3,16,18,19, and 28 provide local bus service to the Concord, North Concord/Martinez, and Pleasant Hill BART stations, as well as points in between, including Diablo Valley College. There is an Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service to McKinleyville, CA300 miles to the north of Martinez, via Vallejo, Santa Rosa, Garberville, Amtrak – Stations – Martinez, CA Martinez Amtrak Station Martinez -Great American Stations
Walnut Creek, California
Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, United States, located 16 miles east of the city of Oakland in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its active downtown neighborhood features hundred-year-old buildings and extensive high-end retail establishments, restaurants, as of 2014, the citys total estimated population is 67,673. Diablo, and the Tactan at Danville and Walnut Creek, on San Ramon Creek, todays Walnut Creek is located amidst the earlier site of four Mexican land grants. One of these land grants – measuring 18,000 acres – belonged to Juana Sanchez de Pacheco, Ygnacio Sibrian, one of the grandsons, created the first roofed home in the valley in about 1850. The grant was called Rancho Arroyo de Las Nueces y Bolbones, named after the principal waterway, the Arroyo de las Nueces was named for the occurrence in the valley of the native species of walnut tree, the California Walnut. With the coming of American settlers following the Mexican-American War, a settlement called The Corners emerged, named because it was the place where roads from Pacheco.
The site of this first American settlement is today at the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard. The first town settler was William Slusher, who built a dwelling on the bank of Walnut Creek, in the year 1855, Milo Hough of Lafayette built the hotel named Walnut Creek House in the corners. A blacksmith shop and a store soon joined the hotel, two decades later, the community changed its name from The Corners to Walnut Creek. In December 1862 a United States Post Office was established, the downtown street patterns laid out in 1871–1872 by pioneer Homer Shuey on a portion of one of his familys large cattle ranches are still present today. Walnut Creek began to grow with the arrival of Southern Pacific Railroad service in 1891, on October 21,1914, the town and the surrounding area of 500 acres ), were incorporated as the 8th city in Contra Costa County. A branch line of the Southern Pacific railroad ran through Walnut Creek until the late 1970s, the East Bay Regional Park Districts Iron Horse Trail, used by walkers and bikers, runs over what were portions of that branch line.
The mainline of the Sacramento Northern Railway passed through Walnut Creek, the Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO Line line of the Bay Area Rapid Transit serves Walnut Creek with a station adjacent to Highway 680. Walnut Creek is located at 37°54′23″N 122°03′54″W, portions lie in both the San Ramon Valley and the Ygnacio Valley below the western slopes of Mount Diablo. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 19.8 sq mi,0.06 percent of which is water. Walnut Creek owns more open space per capita than any community in the state of California. In 1974, Walnut Creek voters approved a $6.7 million bond measure that allowed the city to purchase 1,800 acres of undeveloped hillsides, ridge lines, and park sites. Walnut Creek owns parts of Lime Ridge Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Acalanes Ridge Open Space, the East Bay Regional Park District operates Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, both in Walnut Creek
Transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area
Transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area is reliant on a complex multimodal infrastructure consisting of roads, highways, tunnels and bike and pedestrian paths. A2011 Brookings Institution study ranked the San Francisco MSA and the San Jose MSA sixteenth and second, another nationwide study, conducted by the University of Minnesota in 2014, ranked the San Francisco MSA second and San Jose MSA tenth. Despite this, the San Francisco Bay Area remains the second most traffic-congested region in the country with a declining per capita use of public transit, the following airports are served by commercial airlines. In addition there are general aviation airports in the region. San Francisco International Airport The busiest in the region, and an international hub airport in California second only to LAX. Hub to United Airlines and Virgin America, Oakland International Airport The second-busiest airport in the region and a major base airport for Southwest Airlines. Oakland International Airport is the oldest of the Bay Areas civilian airports still in use, the site was chosen due to its superior weather conditions for aircraft operations.
Mineta San Jose International Airport The third-busiest and fastest-growing airport in the Bay Area, another minor airport is Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. It is served by two airlines, Horizon Air and Allegiant Air. In addition to rail and bus systems, there are public and private ferry services, such as Golden Gate Ferry. Most of the larger agencies accept the Clipper Card, a contactless smart card. An extensive rail infrastructure that provides a mix of services exists within the nine Bay Area counties, an expansion that is currently under construction will build an additional station in Alameda County and bring BART south into Santa Clara County by 2016. The Millbrae Intermodal Terminal provides transfers between Caltrain and BART, the Altamont Commuter Express, commonly known as ACE, provides commuter rail service, but from the Central Valley into Silicon Valley, terminating in the San Jose Diridon Station. In addition, Amtrak has a presence throughout the Bay Area, stations in Martinez and Emeryville feature Coast Starlight and California Zephyr service.
The Capitol Corridor connects Bay Area cities to Sacramento, and features BART transfer stations at Richmond, a series of overlapping bus agencies provide additional public transit coverage to Bay Area regions both served and not served by rail transit. All of these provide limited night bus service, which are intended to shadow the rail routes that are closed during the nighttime hours for maintenance. The ferry, along all the major train and bus operators. In addition, Bay Area residents may rent bicycles from the Bay Area Bike Share in certain parts of San Francisco, San Mateo, until 1971 the Southern Pacific Railroad operated from its Third and Townsend Depot commuter trains to San Jose and long distance trains to Los Angeles
El Cerrito del Norte station
The station serves the northern portion of El Cerrito and the central areas of Richmond in addition to the west county area and points beyond BARTs coverage area. El Cerrito del Norte is Spanish for north hillock or North El Cerrito, Del Norte opened to revenue service on January 29,1973 with the line from Oakland to Richmond. A2014 study recommending expanding the station area, platforms. By 2017 the station was serving 18,000 people per day, BART approved contracts to begin station expansion that year, with an expected completion in 2019. This station has a Library-a-go-go machine, a library vending machine that was added in June 2009 for the Contra Costa County Library system. In 2005 Aks Food Corner opened at the station selling newspapers, hot dogs, snacks, there are 29 bus bays that serve six bus agencies for fixed route service and various paratransit and dial-a-ride shuttles. The bus bays are located on the west side of the station. AC Transit provides service in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties in addition to service to San Francisco.
AC Transit provides comprehensive circulatory service in the surroundings in addition to competing commuter service across the Bay Bridge, San Mateo Bridge. WestCAT provides service in the western Contra Costa County communities of Hercules, Tara Hills, Bayview-Montalvin Manor, northern Richmond, Hilltop Mall, buses serving the station primarily connect the Hilltop Area, San Pablo Avenue corridor, and Hercules areas with the station. FAST Golden Gate Transit Napa VINE SolTrans An AC Transit/BART consortium operates East Bay Paratransit which serves this station, the Department of Human Services operates a shuttle connecting the station to its facilities in Richmond and Hercules. The city of Richmond operates a commuter shuttle here from the Marina Bay neighborhood and this station features large parking areas throughout, including surface parking and a four-story parking garage on the east side. There are reserved bicycle lockers and open air racks available, there is a kiss and ride and taxi zone on the east side of the station.
The station area is surrounded by businesses, some of which are run down, with others underutilized parcels. The station is surrounded by businesses, including the Del Norte Marketplace shopping center with Walgreens, IHOP, Dollar Tree. For years a Target lay adjacent but was closed when the Great Recession economy was not to support this old location. It has now been remodeled into a large Safeway supermarket with a shopping strip. Del Norte Plaza lies catty-corner from the station and has offices providing legal and dental services