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)

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.