Donations to Wheels “Stuff-A-Bus Bingo” Food Drive Top 2,400 Pounds

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels and Rapid bus services, hosted another “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive on Saturday November 18. The event took place at the Lucky Supermarket in Pleasanton.

Several hundred Tri-Valley residents stopped by to help the Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven stock their food pantries for the holiday season. Individual donations ranged from a single can to hundreds of pounds. The total weight of donated items exceeded 2,400 pounds. In addition, cash and gift card donations totaled over $450.

LAVTA developed a “Stuff-a-Bus Bingo” theme for this year’s food drive. Game cards listed the items most in need by the two food banks receiving the donations. Prizes ranged from small promotional items to four pairs of San Jose Sharks tickets, donated by radio station 101.7 KKIQ, which broadcast live from the event.

Alameda County Supervisor and LAVTA Board Vice-Chair Scott Haggerty (standing far right) donates four shopping carts full of needed items. Joining Supervisor Haggerty in the photo are (standing l to r): Tony McCaulay, LAVTA Marketing Manager, Ann King, Tri-Valley Haven Executive Director and Clare Gomes, Open Heart Kitchen Operations Manager. Kneeling in the photo are two employees from the Lucky store who assisted Supervisor Haggerty during his shopping trip.

Bus filled with 2,400 pounds of donations.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. LAVTA serves nearly 2 million passengers a year on our Wheels bus and paratransit services.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B and BB.

Follow LAVTA on Facebook at facebook.com/wheelsbus and on Twitter @wheelsbus or visit our website wheelsbus.com for more information on Wheels bus and paratransit services as well as our Go Dublin! promotion with Uber, Lyft and Desoto Cab and our redesigned bus services offering convenient access to BART stations in the Tri-Valley. Coming soon look for information about our exciting plans for a shared autonomous vehicle demonstration project.

 

Wheels “Stuff-A-Bus” Holiday Food Drive Includes Bingo Game

As the holiday season approaches, local food banks are in need of essential supplies. To provide support, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels and Rapid bus services, will host another “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive.

Lucky Supermarkets has partnered with LAVTA to host the event at its store located at the corner of W. Las Positas Boulevard and Hopyard Road in Pleasanton. The food drive is scheduled for Saturday November 18 from 10 am to 4 pm. All donations received will be delivered to the Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantries to assist Tri-Valley residents.

LAVTA employees will be on hand to collect non-perishable food donations to help bring good cheer to Tri-Valley families this holiday season. Among the most needed items are: canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, juice boxes, cooking oil, granola bars, pasta, rice, beans, and grocery gift cards.

To add some fun to this year’s food drive, LAVTA has developed a “Stuff-a-Bus Bingo” game. Game cards will be available at the food drive or can be downloaded in advance at wheelsbus.com. Anyone donating a complete bingo line will win a prize. Those who donate all of the items on the card or donate a Lucky gift card of $25 or more will also be entered into a drawing. Prizes including a Wheels/Rapid monthly pass and San Jose Sharks tickets, donated by radio station 101.7 KKIQ, which will be broadcasting live from the event.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority:

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. LAVTA serves nearly 2 million passengers a year on our Wheels bus and paratransit services.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B and BB.

Feedback Sought on Tri-Valley Paratransit Alternatives

In early 2017, the Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA) and the City of Pleasanton launched a comprehensive study of paratransit services throughout the Tri-Valley called Mobility Forward: Tri-Valley Paratransit Assessment. Paratransit services in the region are currently operated by the City of Pleasanton and LAVTA/Wheels and the parties have coordinated on this study to ensure Tri-Valley residents continue to have quality access to transportation services and other amenities.

The study began with an analysis of operational data and policies from both LAVTA and the City of Pleasanton. A public engagement process conducted throughout the Tri-Valley included three public meetings and a survey designed to learn about existing awareness of services, to understand needs and travel patterns, and to understand where gaps in services exist. After compiling the results of the public outreach and gathering input from other Tri-Valley stakeholders, the Mobility Forward study team has been busy analyzing alternatives and is ready to collect feedback on those alternatives. Potential alternatives will be presented at a series of public meetings in mid-November.

Dates/times/locations of the public meetings and input opportunities are below:

1)         November 15th, 10a-12p, Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Boulevard, Dublin. A special shuttle to/from BART will be provided for this meeting.

2)         November 16th, 10a-12p, Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton. Wheels Route 8 provides service to the Pleasanton Senior Center.

3)         November 16th, 2-4p, Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore. Wheels Route 30R provides service to the Livermore Community Center.

The study team will be gathering public input throughout the end of the year and will be presenting draft recommendations to the LAVTA Board and Pleasanton City Council the first quarter of 2018. For more information, visit the website at http://www.wheelsbus.com/mobility-forward-tri-valley-paratransit-assessment-study/or contact:

 About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. LAVTA serves nearly 2 million passengers a year on our Wheels bus and paratransit services.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B and BB.

LAVTA Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

For the 21st consecutive year, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) has earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence Award in Financial Reporting. This award was received for LAVTA’s excellence in financial reporting in their 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established this award in 1945 to encourage state and local government agencies to exceed the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles in preparing their annual financial reports. The award program assesses whether the financial statements of participating agencies provide the detail necessary for users of the information to adequately evaluate the financial health of the organization.

For a copy of LAVTA’s 2016 financial report, click here . For more information on GFOA, visit www.gfoa.com.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. LAVTA serves nearly 2 million passengers a year on our Wheels bus and paratransit services.

 LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B and BB.

LAVTA Passes Annual California Highway Patrol Inspection

For the 14th consecutive year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has inspected the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) operations and maintenance facility. LAVTA received the highest rating available, with no safety violations found.  The random inspection included a detailed check of the condition of Wheels and Rapid buses, maintenance records and preventive maintenance practices on the maintenance side. On the bus operations side, the records inspection included an examination of the licensing, training and testing of bus operators, compliance with regulations governing drivers’ hours of service and records required by statute or regulation.

“This signifies a major achievement in providing Wheels and Rapid customers the highest and most consistent level of safety.  Our contractor and valued partner, MV Transportation, has trained and developed staff over the past 14 years to maintain this high standard,” said Michael Tree, LAVTA Executive Director.

Hiring Wheels and Rapid Drivers & Mechanics! Competitive Wages and Benefits!

Our drivers are the direct front line to the riding public, taking passengers where they need to go, safely and on time. We’re looking for friendly individuals who enjoy driving and helping people along in their daily travels. Sound familiar? This job could be for you!

MV Transportation is now hiring full-time and part-time drivers to operate Wheels and Rapid buses in the Tri-Valley area. MV offers competitive wages and benefits, including paid holidays, vacation and sick time, health and dental insurance and more! A sign on bonus is also available.

You do not need previous experience driving a bus. Get paid while you train!

Walk in applications welcome Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 200, Livermore, CA 94551. Questions? Call (925) 455-7517.

Can’t stop by? Click here to apply online.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess, or able to obtain a valid Class A, or B California Driver’s License with Passenger and Air-brake endorsement or have a CDL permit with Passenger endorsement (Paid training will be provided to non-CDL holders)
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language
  • Knowledge of the Tri-Valley area helpful (Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin)

MV Transportation is also hiring experienced mechanics. Click here to see the job requirements or to submit an application online. Walk in applications are also welcome Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 200, Livermore, CA 94551.

Additional Service Added to Dublin School Routes

During the school year, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) operates special routes designed to help students get to and from school. The start of the 2017/18 school year has brought unprecedented ridership to the Wheels routes serving Dublin Schools. LAVTA is aware of the situation and has already taken steps to help with the overcrowding on some routes to the extent possible given available resources.

An extra bus has been added to the morning service to Dublin High School and two buses have been added to the afternoon service. Based on observations on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, this supplemental service is expected to be sufficient to handle the increased ridership.

For those students who are able, LAVTA also has a promotion called GoDublin which provides a 50% discount on uberPool, Lyft Line and Desoto Share trips that begin and end in Dublin. To receive the discount, simply enter the promo code GODUBLIN. The maximum discount is $5.00.

From August 21 through September 1, LAVTA’s annual Try Transit to School promotion will enable students to ride Wheels and Rapid buses for free. For more information on Wheels school services or to provide feedback, visit wheelsbus.com or call 925.455.7500.

Service and Schedule Adjustments Coming Saturday August 12

Service and schedule adjustments to most Wheels and Rapid routes will take effect Saturday August 12. The changes include a modification to the Route 14 routing and a new afternoon boarding location for service to Dublin High School. In addition, many other schedules have had minor adjustments to make transfers more convenient for routes serving the BART Stations and the Livermore Transit Center.

New timetables, marked “New Schedule August 12, 2017” are available on all Wheels and Rapid buses. The new schedules, including school service schedules for Dublin and Pleasanton, are also available by clicking here . For additional assistance, call our Customer Service Center at (925) 455-7500.

Wheels Extends Go Dublin Discount with Uber, Lyft and Desoto Cab

Wheels announced that it has extended Go Dublin, its popular ridesharing discount with Uber, Lyft and DeSoto Cab through December 31, 2017.

Go Dublin is the innovative pilot program launched in Dublin, California that provides a discount on trips taken on Uber, Lyft and Desoto Cab.  Through the end of 2017, Wheels will continue pay for 50% of the fare, up to $5, for any trips taken with the program partners within the city limits of Dublin, including both the East and West Dublin BART Stations.  The riders pay the discounted rate and Wheels covers the rest.

Ready to give it a try?  Visit http://www.wheelsbus.com/godublin/ for a step by step guide and you’re on your way.