Wheels Launches Study to Improve Public Transit System

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the popular Wheels bus system, including the Tri-Valley Rapid, is conducting a study to analyze bus routes and transportation demand to make improvements to the public transit system. The comprehensive planning effort is titled Wheels Forward.

The nine-month study will include extensive public outreach, including on-board surveys, phone surveys and two rounds of public workshops in each Tri-Valley city.  Additionally, a website, www.WheelsForward.com is available for continued information on the planning effort and as a convenient way to offer comments.

LAVTA Chairman Don Biddle states, “The Wheels bus system has been a great community partner in the Tri-Valley for the past 30-years.  There’s never been a better time for residents to get involved as we plan for an even more successful Wheels moving forward.”

Wheels Forward will produce both a short and long-range plan for the transit agency, offering a multi-phase blueprint of improvements for future services of the Wheels bus system through the year 2040. The highest priority for the planning efforts is a more user-friendly transit system that achieves greater efficiencies, and an increasing number of riders.

LAVTA will be working with San Francisco based Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates on the Wheels Forward planning effort. For more information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit www.WheelsForward.com.

Wheels Adds Bus Service to the Alameda County Fair and Offers a Buy One, Get One Free Admission Ticket

Fairgoers are gearing up for their annual time enjoying carnival rides, festive games and fair food– it’s time for the Alameda County Fair! Start your trip by taking Wheels Route 8 to the Fair from June 17 – July 5, 2015.

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The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the popular Wheels bus system, is adding service on its Route 8 to/from the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  Late night service is also being extended on Route 8 to accommodate passengers attending nightly concerts and the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular show.

Not only do those who take Wheels enjoy a stress-free ride, each passenger riding Route 8 will receive a 2-for-1 Fair admission voucher!  Just ask your Route 8 operator for your voucher when deboarding at the Fairgrounds bus stop.

While you are at the Fair, don’t miss the showcase of the historic Rideo bus! This 1966 General Motors Coach bus was originally operated as part of the City of Livermore’s Rideo bus system. Wheels acquired the historic Rideo bus from the City of Livermore in the late 1980s. Since then, Alameda County Supervisor and Wheels Board Member, Scott Haggerty, played a major role in the rehabilitation of the Rideo bus, securing state and federal funding in 2011 to restore this piece of Livermore history to its former glory. The Rideo bus will be on display next to the grandstands at the fair. In addition, you can get free giveaways and transit information at the Wheels booth on June 18, 25 and July 2, next to the Rideo bus.

PLAN YOUR RIDE EARLY:  For trip planning assistance and extended schedule information, call Wheels Customer Service at (925) 455-7500 or visit us online at www.wheelsbus.com. For Fair hours and event information, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com.

Wheels cash fares to the Fair are:

  • Adult/Youth $2.00
  • Senior (age 65 and over) $1.00, with valid ID
  • Disabled $1.00 with a valid RTC Discount Card
  • Children under six Free with a paying adult

Wheels Dedicates New “Pop Art” Transit Shelter Mural in Livermore

LAVTA, operator of Wheels Bus service, dedicated a new Art Shelter Mural located at the West Gate of the Sandia/Lawrence Livermore Labs in Livermore, Thursday, June 4th.

The newest shelter is the fifteenth shelter in Wheels Art Shelter Mural Project and is titled “Art is Science on Wheels.” The mural was created by Granada High School art students under the supervision of Ms. Laura Thournir. The design was patterned from American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Livermore Mayor John Marchand and LAVTA board member Steven Spedowfski officiated the event and gave certificates of appreciation to the eleven students who were responsible for the design. All participated in the ribbon cutting for the official dedication of the art mural shelter. The students responsible include:  Kimi Awosanya, Enikoe Bihari, Frances Carcellar, Mary Carmona, Emilie Johal, Baily Mao, Chance Owen, Cameron Sanchez, Callie Schultz, Mina Tavakolzadeh and Bailey Ye.

Spedowfski stated, “The LAVTA Art Shelter Mural program is a creative way to display public art in the community and gives bus riders a pleasant experience while waiting for the bus.”

LAVTA started the program in 1999 and will work with high schools in Livermore and Pleasanton to create two new art shelter murals in 2016.

Like Wheels Bus on Facebook and enter to win a Free Bike!

Wheels is giving away a free bike just for liking us on Facebook.  Here’s how:  just click the link on the left “Win a Bike!” and enter your information and like Wheels Bus on Facebook.  It’s that easy!  Deadline for entries is July 8, 2015 and you must be 18 or older to enter.   Good Luck!

Final Notice for Nominations for the Tri-Valley Air Quality Impact Award – Deadline August 15th

NOMINATIONS FOR THE TRI-VALLEY AIR QUALITY IMPACT AWARD NOW BEING ACCEPTEDTri-Valley Air Quality Impact

The Tri-Valley Spare the Air Resource Team is accepting applications for the Tri-Valley Air Quality Impact Award, for individuals or companies who positively affect air quality in the Tri-Valley. Here is a your opportunity to recognize companies and people who help improve Tri-Valley air quality.

Tri-Valley Air Quality Impact Award
Are you, or someone you know, doing something good for air quality in the Tri-Valley?  The Tri-Valley Air Quality Impact Award recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations making strides to improve local air quality through innovative projects and programs such as reducing vehicle idling around schools, encouraging employees to carpool to work, promoting transit use, providing a shuttle among others.

Nominations
The nomination form and additional details are available online at : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AQIA-Nomination by new date: August 15th, 2015. Winners will be announced in late summer!

Additional Information
Additional information is available about the awards and the Tri-Valley Spare the Air Resource Team. For details, please refer to the Community Focus representative below.

Contact Information
Stephanie Anderson
Community Focus
1440 Broadway, Suite 714, Oakland, California 94612
Phone : (510) 763-2500 x1
Fax: (510) 763-2507
sanderson@communityfocus.org
www.sparetheair.org

 

Visit Wheels Energizer Station Tomorrow for Bike to Work Day

Join Wheels in celebrating Bike to Work Day tomorrow, May 14th. Ride on the new bike trail connecting Livermore and Pleasanton and enjoy free refreshments and giveaways at our Energizer Station on Stanley near the Shadowcliffs Recreation Center. We’ll be there from 7am to 9am.

Plus, like us on Facebook and enter to win a free Trek Bike!

Wheels Receives $934,292 in Grants to Replace Buses and Make Improvements

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) has received a total of $934,292 from the California Department of Transportation for projects that met the guidelines for the Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement and Service Enhancement Account (PTMISEA) Program.

The individual grants include $572,778 to be used to pay in part for new Wheels buses to be in service in 2016, and $361,514 for upgrades and improvements to facilities and parking lots.

“These grant monies offset operating funds which would have been used to pay for the new buses and improvement projects.  As a result, this frees up money to provide better service to the residents of the Tri-Valley,” says Scott Haggerty, Chair of the LAVTA Board of Directors.

The Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, and Service Enhancement Account Program (PTMISEA) was created by Proposition 1B, the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006. Of the $19.925 billion available to Transportation, $3.6 billion dollars was allocated to PTMISEA to be available to transit operators over a ten-year period. PTMISEA funds may be used for transit rehabilitation, safety or modernization improvements, capital service enhancements or expansions, new capital projects, bus rapid transit improvements, or rolling stock (buses and rail cars) procurement, rehabilitation or replacement.

Wheels to Run Extended Bus Service to Pleasanton Plan Bay Area 2040 Open House Today

Wheels will be running extended bus service on Route 53 to accommodate those attending Plan Bay Area 2040 Regional Transportation and Housing Plan Open House in Pleasanton.  The event is being held in the first of a series of public open houses for Bay Area residents to learn about an update to the region’s long-range transportation and housing roadmap known at Plan Bay Area 2040.  Participants will view displays and offer comments on long-term goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light-duty trucks, house the region’s projected population, improve public health, maintain the region’s transportation infrastructure and preserve open space, among others.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Palm Pavilion, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton.

Click here for the Route 53 extended service schedule.