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.

LAVTA Offers Free Rides for Tri-Valley Students in Try Transit to School Promotion August 21 – September 1

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is once again offering its Try Transit to School promotion that enables Tri-Valley middle and high school students to ride free systemwide.

Now in its 17th year, this special promotion offers unlimited rides on all regularly scheduled Wheels and Rapid bus routes from August 21 – September 1st, including weekends. The purpose of the promotion is to introduce middle school and high school students to LAVTA’s bus services and see how efficient and easy it is to ride transit to and from school. The program also offers parents a safe, convenient and eco-friendly alternative for school transportation. The free rides are not limited to school trips. Students can also use this opportunity to ride transit to hang out with friends or for work, shopping and other activities.

To take advantage of the promotion, students simply board a Wheels or Rapid bus and ride. No ticket or pass is required.

For more information, see our flyer 

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.

Participate in Upcoming Community Listening Sessions

The City of Pleasanton and Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA)/Wheels is hosting community listening sessions for the Mobility Forward: Tri-Valley Paratransit Study. The study will focus on improving paratransit services for older adults, as well as people with disabilities living in the Tri-Valley area.

Paratransit services are currently operated by the City of Pleasanton and LAVTA/Wheels and participating agencies created this partnership to ensure Tri-Valley residents continue to have access to services and other amenities, especially as the population of older adults grows.

 

Residents are invited to attend one of the following Listening Session:

  • Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-noon at the Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza Dr., Dublin
  • Tuesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon at the Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore
  • Tuesday June 27, 2-4 p.m. at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton

 

At the listening sessions, residents will learn about the study, talk with transit planners, share likes and dislikes about paratransit services, and share ideas for improvements and discuss residents’ priorities.

 

“Listening sessions are an important step in the study to provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the study and for the City of Pleasanton and LAVTA to listen to what residents have to say about their experiences with Paratransit Services and what they would like to see in the future,” said Becky Hopkins, community services manager for the City of Pleasanton.

Christy Wegener, director of planning and operations at LAVTA shared, “In addition to the listening sessions, there will also be community outreach efforts conducted to receive input from Tri-Valley residents at local libraries, farmers markets and other community wide events.”

 

For more information, visit the website at http://www.wheelsbus.com/mobility-forward-tri-valley-paratransit-assessment-study/ or contact Becky Hopkins at bhopkins@cityofpleasantonca.gov, 925-931-5346 or Christy Wegener at cwegener@lavta.org, 925-455-7560. To reach the consulting team, contact Joey Goldman at jgoldman@nelsonnygaard.com at 415-284-1544.

Week of May 22nd: Construction at the Livermore Transit Center to Impact Buses

Attention Wheels Passengers: In preparation for the upcoming relocation of the Livermore Historic Depot, construction activities are occurring at the Transit Center that may intermittently impact the bus operations. The following routes may experience 5-10 minute delays this week:

 

Route 10R

Route 11

Route 14

Route 15

We appreciate your patience as we prepare for summer construction. For more information about the Depot relocation, please visit click here

Here are some pictures of the construction of the new temporary transit center:

 

Wheels Launches SmartTrips Pleasanton Program Along Santa Rita Road/Owens Drive Corridor

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, operator of the Wheels bus system, is launching a travel conversation campaign in Pleasanton to connect with residents on their current travel choices and transportation options. SmartTrips Pleasanton will work with participants to identify and connect them with transportation alternatives that may be valuable to them. The program aims to let people along Santa Rita Road and Owens Drive know about the new, improved bus services connecting Pleasanton to the BART station. The project will expand residents’ knowledge of transportation options by providing information and support to help people try new ways of getting around, including bus, BART, ACE, carpooling, biking and walking instead of driving alone.

 

The focus of this project will be to engage residents at their doorstep and through mail-based and event outreach, reaching out to approximately 4,000 households in the neighborhoods surrounding Santa Rita Road and Owens Drive.

 

A team of local Travel Advisors will deliver the in-person outreach. Travel Advisors will visit households to connect with residents, offering them support and information on their travel options. Travel Advisors will work with participants to address concerns with trying a new way of getting around and to help plan individual trips. As a way to engage people in this program, residents who are visited will be encouraged to request information and incentives including transit schedules, a neighborhood travel map, a BikeLink card or a Clipper card.

 

Similar programs in cities such as Portland, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington have shown that individualized marketing has the potential to generate more riders who continue to choose transit options for a longer duration than more traditional marketing outreach efforts. The goal of the Pleasanton SmartTrips program is to generate an additional 30,000 transit trips per year in the corridor.

 

The program is funded through a Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Transit Performance Initiative grant.

 

Wheels Seeking Input on Proposed Bus Service Changes

In response to customer feedback about connectivity and routing, Wheels is considering changes to a number of routes effective Fall 2017. Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted through April 30, 2017. Final recommended changes will be presented to the Board at their May 1st meeting. Comments can be submitted by email (info@lavta.org), phone (925-455-7500), or via our online database (link here).

The following is a list of proposed route and schedule changes, which are detailed further in the staff report from the April Board meeting:

Routing Changes

Route 14: To address on-time performance issues, Staff is proposing that Route 14 no longer operate a separate loop from the Transit Center to the Civic Center back to the Transit Center; instead, the route would operate the Civic Center portion as part of its trunk trips to and from Pleasanton. The route frequency would be slightly modified to operate every 30-45 minutes during peak times on Weekdays, and every 45-60 minutes midday and evenings. The weekend frequency would not change. Below is a map of the proposed change:

 

 

Route 501: Instead of operating on the southern portion of Village Parkway and on Dublin Boulevard, the route would express to/from the school via I-580 and I-680, entering and exiting the school vicinity via Alcosta Boulevard. Below is a map of the proposed change:

 

Route 502: In the PM, the route is proposed to start on northbound Village Parkway (in front of the school) and head northbound, making a left on Davona, left on Lucania, left on Brighton, and right on Village to resume normal routing. Below is a map of the proposed change:

 

Route 504: In the PM, the route is proposed to start on northbound Village Parkway (in front of the school) and head northbound, making a left on Davona, left on Lucania, left on Brighton, and right on Village to resume normal routing. Below is a map of the proposed change:

 

 

Route 505: Staff is proposing discontinuation of Route 505 as a standalone service, and to instead adjust the Route 2 schedule, if necessary, to accommodate the main bell at Fallon Middle School.

Route 602: The Parkside Loop of Route 602 is proposed for elimination; service to Valley Trails and Paseo Santa Cruz would continue. Below is a map of the proposed change:

 

Schedule Changes

To better connect buses with BART, as well as with one another, schedule adjustments will be considered on the following routes:

1, 2, 3, 8, 10R, 11, 14, 15, 20X, 30R, 54, 70X, 580X, 601

Comments are being solicited until April 30th. Comments can be submitted by email (info@lavta.org), phone (925-455-7500), or via our online database (link here)