Contra Costa

New real-time details available on buses

County Connection riders can now go online to get real-time information about bus locations and arrival times.

The Bus Tracker system relies on GPS data, allowing riders to look up locations and arrival times of all County Connection buses operating in the San Ramon Valley and central Contra Costa County.

To use the new system, go to www.cccta.org, click on "bus tracker is here" and plug in information about the bus route. Riders can set up personalized accounts to get alerts about the next bus arrival times on their favorite routes.

"The implementation of Bus Tracker is the latest upgrade to the onboard computer system," said Anne Muzzini, the bus agency's planning director. "This upgrade will give bus riders peace of mind, and that is particularly important in a suburban area like ours because the bus comes less often than in an urban area."

Bus Tracker was activated Dec. 5. For assistance, call 925-676-7500.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

LIVERMORE

Nativity re-enactment coming to town -- twice

Beginning Dec. 13 in Livermore, visitors can see two free big-cast productions of the story of Jesus' birth.

Living Bethlehem, a vast walk-through story of the birth of Christ, features a cast of 100, live animals and a 35,000-square-foot set. The new show features everything from Roman soldiers to artisans, sheepherders, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Located at Church and Third streets in Livermore, near St., Michael's Catholic Church, the production has been years in the making. It will be open from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every night through Monday. Walk-through tours are every 30 minutes. For details, email livingbethlehem@aol.com or visit http://bit.ly/QXMs37

Also, Trinity Church will stage its 22nd annual Drive-Through Nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 through Sunday. The production features a huge live cast of actors and animals on the church grounds. Visitors drive from scene to scene, and listen in via car radios. The church is at 557 Olivina Ave., Livermore. Admission is free. For details, call 925-447-1848.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff