SAN RAMON VALLEY -- The TRAFFIX traffic congestion relief program will begin bus service to Monte Vista and California high schools starting in August.
A one-year pilot shuttle bus program will serve the schools.
"We're very excited about this service and think that this will also have an impact on congestion relief in our community," said Alex Weis, manager of the TRAFFIX program.
TRAFFIX is operated jointly by the town of Danville, city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and the San Ramon Valley school district. It is funded by Measure J, a half-cent sales tax extended by Contra Costa voters in 2004. The purpose of the program is to reduce traffic congestion at busy intersections caused by parents driving their children to and from school. The service began in 2009.
The program operates 16 yellow, clean-burning diesel buses that are equipped with GPS and surveillance cameras.
Currently, TRAFFIX buses serve Los Cerros Middle School and Vista Grande and Green Valley elementary schools in Danville and Pine Valley Middle School and Country Club, Walt Disney and Neil Armstrong elementary schools in San Ramon.
Traffic studies determined intersections on routes to those schools had the most traffic congestion.
Ridership last year was just under 500 students in San Ramon and 760 in Danville. Weis said the greater distance of homes from schools in Danville is probably the reason for greater ridership there.
Weis said studies have shown the program has relieved traffic congestion on routes to the schools served by the program. A traffic analysis will be conducted in the spring to determine if the pilot program to the high schools reduced traffic congestion.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ridetraffix.com.
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