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.

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: