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BART Plus Changes

Effective 1 January 2016, the BART Plus ticket is no longer be accepted on buses or BART.

BART Plus ticket users can switch to Clipper to pay their fares. Clipper is currently accepted on BART and now accepted as of 1 November 2015 on the following buses:

  • County Connection
  • Tri Delta Transit
  • WestCAT
  • Wheels

Clipper offers these discounted fare products: BART High Value Discount Ticket (valid only on BART), bus passes, and the East Bay Value Pass ($60 monthly pass accepted on County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT, and Wheels).  More information on the Clipper implementation will be posted soon.

Sequenced Activation of I-80 SMART Corridor Project

The I-80 SMART Corridor project is coming online in mid-2016! Starting this spring, Caltrans expects to begin activating elements of the project gradually, in what is known as "sequenced activation." This process will allow motorists time to adjust to each of the elements of the new system, which is the most sophisticated of its kind in the entire state of California. The most familiar elements will be introduced first, followed by the gradual activation of each new element, leading up to full system activation in mid-year. We expect to announce full activation after all phases of the rollout have been successfully completed.

In August 2014, Caltrans began installing overhead sign frames along westbound I-80 between the Carquinez Bridge and the Bay Bridge. The new signs are part of the I-80 SMART Corridor Project, a 20-mile-long network of variable message, lane-use and advisory speed signs, smart ramp meters and other elements designed to enhance motorist safety, improve travel time reliability and reduce accidents and associated traffic congestion along one of the busiest corridors in the Bay Area.

In the event of an incident, motorists using westbound I-80 will see overhead electronic signs that will direct them to slow down or change lanes well ahead of time, as well as provide other useful information. The San Pablo Avenue corridor and some local roads are also part of this project, integrating the interstate and local road operations into a single system. For example, the project supports transit through signal priority along San Pablo Avenue and ramp-meter-bypass lanes on some ramps. For motorists who exit the interstate to avoid congestion caused by an incident, signs on San Pablo Avenue will notify them when they have passed the incident and should re-enter the interstate. Smart ramp meters that can communicate with each other will manage the flow of traffic onto and along I-80 in real time, making it safer for drivers to merge onto the interstate.

The I-80 SMART Corridor Project is the most sophisticated high-tech network of its kind in California. The project was developed through a partnership between Caltrans, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, in collaboration with transit agencies and nine municipalities along the corridor.

Traffic Alert - Bay Bridge Construction

Ongoing construction (including lighting, painting, and on- and off-ramps) will require sporadic lane and shoulder closures on the Bay Bridge.

The WestCAT Lynx will be required to adjust to the closures and lane changes, which may lead to some service delays.

Website Issues

Currently there is an issue of the website's navigation menus not working properly on some of the newer browsers, tablets and mobile devices.  We will be updating and streamlining the website in the Summer (2016) that will adress the isues.

Helpful Tips - Passes and Transfers

Protect your transit passes. Don't place them with your cell phone, near a magnetic clasp on a wallet or purse, and separate them from other magnetic strip cards. They will demagnetize. Ask for a pass cover the next time you purchase a pass. If you have a problem, contact us immediately at 510-724-7993.  Also WestCAT drivers do not accept altered or damaged transit tickets issued through the online pay system for the Hercules Transit Center. Do not change the date, day or anything else on these tickets or they are not valid. If you have a problem with the online pay system please visit or call 1-800-997-0197.



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