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

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)

Members Sought for Wheels Accessible Advisory Committee

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels Bus system and Dial-A-Ride paratransit service in the Tri-Valley, is seeking applications for members and alternates to serve on the Wheels Accessible Advisory Committee (WAAC). Members on the WAAC represent the cities of Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton, unincorporated Alameda County and Tri-Valley social/human services agencies.

Responsibilities/Duties:
The committee members are expected to provide a forum and advise Wheels staff on accessibility issues facing senior and disabled residents on Wheels fixed route buses and Dial-A-Ride paratransit services. The committee meets six times per year for approximately 90 minutes.

Qualifications:
Candidates must reside in the cities of Livermore, Dublin or Pleasanton and social services agencies must be located in and represent people who use or could use transit services in Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton. Candidates must be able to solicit and disseminate information effectively to their constituents, be able to meet during regular business hours (typically 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and be able to analyze complex issues and reports to make recommendations to the LAVTA Board of Directors. Candidates must currently use Wheels fixed route buses or Dial-A-Ride paratransit services or represent those who do. Candidates do not have to be disabled or over 65 years old.

Process:
Interested candidates are required to submit an application to LAVTA. LAVTA’s Board of Directors selects and approves the representatives.

WAAC members will receive a free annual Wheels fixed route bus pass. In addition, ADA paratransit eligible members can ride Dial-A-Ride service to and from WAAC meetings free of charge.

Interested candidates should request an application by calling (925) 455-7555 or download an application here. The deadline is April 17, 2017.

Wheels Partners with Uber, Lyft and DeSoto Cab to Offer On Demand, Real Time Travel Convenience in Dublin

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the popular Wheels bus system in the Tri-Valley, announced today an innovative partnership with ridesharing companies Uber, Lyft and DeSoto Cabs to offer the community of Dublin enhanced transportation options and greater flexibility – all available in a format that’s on demand and in real time.

With the Go Dublin promotion, LAVTA will pay for 50% of the fare, up to $5 per trip with participating transportation network companies. To be eligible for a discount, rideshare trips must both start and end within Dublin city limits, including both the East Dublin and West Dublin BART stations.

“Go Dublin is an innovative rideshare promotion that will provide a discount on trips taken on Uber and Lyft, as well as DeSoto Cabs within the city of Dublin,” says Dublin Mayor David Haubert. “It’s very easy to use and convenient. Customers simply select a participating transportation network company, download their phone app, enter the promo code GODUBLIN, select the uberPOOL, Lyft Line, or DeSoto Share option and then enter where they want to go. The car comes right to you and your driver knows exactly where to go.”

LAVTA Board Chairman Steven Spedowfski commented, “Our goal with the Go Dublin promotion is to increase transportation options in the Tri-Valley and make it easy to move between transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft and public transportation. Additionally, the Go Dublin promotion can be used to travel anywhere within Dublin. I think everyone can agree that having more travel options improves our quality of life.”

According to the transit agency’s Executive Director, Michael Tree, the Go Dublin promotion is valid through June 2017 or until funds are exhausted, whichever happens first. The Go Dublin promotion is one of the first of its kind in the United States where a public transit agency has partnered with both Uber and Lyft to promote discounted ridesharing to any location within a project area.

Ready to give it a try? Visit www.Wheelsbus.com/godublin for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Go Dublin promotion code and you’re on your way!

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority serves nearly 2 million customers a year on the Wheels bus system. In addition to the Go Dublin promotion with transit network companies, the transit agency has recently redesigned its bus system for quicker, easier access to BART stations in the Tri-Valley, and is also planning a shared autonomous vehicle demonstration project.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve the community’s transit needs and interests.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by eliminating thousands of car trips from local roads, easing traffic congestion and helping to keep the air clean in Tri-Valley. The transit agency is able to continually provide services through the support of federal, state and local funding, including Alameda County’s Measure B and BB.

Follow LAVTA on Twitter @wheelsbus and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wheelsbus or visit our webpage www.wheelsbus.com for more information.

 

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Wheels to Run Weekend+ Service on MLK Day, January 16th

Wheels will run Weekend Plus service on MLK Day, January 16th. The Customer Service Center will be open regular hours. The Wheels Administrative offices will be closed.

 

Weekend Plus service includes the weekend schedule for routes 3, 8, 10R, 14, 15 and 30R, as well as the regular weekday schedule for routes 53 and 54.

Wheels to Implement Minor Service Adjustments Effective January 14, 2017

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, operator of the Wheels bus system will be implementing minor service adjustments on the following routes effective Sunday, January 14, 2017:

 

  • Routes 3, 8, 11, 10R, 53 and 580X – Minor timing schedule adjustments have been made in order to better reflect traffic conditions and improve on-time performance.

 

  • Route 54 – A minor adjustment has been made to the routing in Hacienda. Route 54 will operate from W. Las Positas to Hacienda to Stoneridge.

 

More detailed route information and new schedules can be accessed by visiting www.wheelsbus.com/routes-and-schedules/

Wheels Makes Commuting Simpler by Integrating with Transit App

Wheels announced that Wheels is now available on Transit App, a popular phone app that makes commuting easy. Transit App, now available for download on the App Store and Google Play, allows commuters to plan their trip on demand and get real-time departure and arrival times for public transportation. With the Transit App, you can set reminders, view your transportation options, get notifications, or request an Uber to pick you up. There is even a button to reserve a bike at the nearest bike share.

According to Michael Tree, Executive Director of LAVTA, “I’m excited that the Wheels bus system was introduced on the popular Transit phone app. Transit App shows users the best scenario that saves time on their commute, for example, if you need to get to BART the Transit App picks the appropriate Wheels route that drops you off right at BART’s entry. Your commute in the Bay Area should be simpler and with the Transit App that’s certainly the case”.

Upon opening the app, users are instantly shown the nearest Wheels routes without even pushing a button. Bus arrival times on Transit are shown in big, bold, beautiful colors and text allowing commuters to get real-time transit information in a fun and appealing user-friendly way. Wheels continues their efforts to instill public transportation initiatives that fit seamlessly with on-the-go commuters.