Wheels Approves Major Changes in Bus Service Effective August 13th

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board of Directors approved major changes to the Wheels bus system that include improved access to BART and ACE stations, Las Positas College, and other important destinations in the Tri-Valley. The changes are slated to go into effect August 13th.

Highest priority in the new service changes is improved access to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Eight new and modified routes will serve BART, including two routes that will operate on a 15-minute Rapid frequency all day on weekdays. This provides an alternative for BART riders looking to avoid the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. As a result of the approved service plan, over 18,000 Tri-Valley households, and over 32,500 jobs, will be within a short walking distance to quality bus service to BART, which will be operated with premium Rapid buses offering comfortable seating and near-future Wi-Fi service.

“After nearly a year of hard work, public input, and discussions with stakeholders, we’re launching a new Wheels bus service plan that represents increased convenience to key destinations in the Tri-Valley. The new service focuses on providing frequent and reliable connections to both BART and ACE, eliminating unproductive bus routes,” states Board Chair Don Biddle.

The plan provides Las Positas College students and faculty with 15-minute all day Rapid service directly connecting to BART and ACE from the college. This service will greatly improve the connections to the college, and will give students commuting from the inner East Bay and the Central Valley a viable alternative to driving.

The following is a description of the approved bus service changes:

• Route 1 – Route is streamlined to provide direct service to and from the Santa Rita jail and BART via Hacienda and Dublin Blvd. Service along Central Parkway and Rosewood Drive is eliminated due to low ridership.

• Route 2 – Route is eliminated due to low ridership. It will be replaced with additional school-focused bus service.

• Route 3 – Route is eliminated in Dublin and is realigned in Pleasanton to provide a direct connection between the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Stoneridge Mall. County Connection routes 35 and 36 will provide service in Dublin.

• Route 8 – Route is realigned to a bi-directional line between the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and south Pleasanton. Route will no longer operate on Santa Rita Road (service will be provided by Route 10).

• Route 9 – Route is eliminated due to low ridership.

• Route 10 – Service is increased to every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays. The route will begin/end at the Livermore Transit Center and the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.

• Route 12/X – Route is eliminated (coverage on this route will be provided in large part by the Rapid and Route 14).

• Route 14 – Route is realigned to provide service from central Livermore to the San Francisco Premium Outlets, Stoneridge Creek retirement facility, and Hacienda to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.

• Route 15 – Service will increase to every 30-minutes all day on weekdays. Route is streamlined on Junction Ave.

• Rapid (Route 30) – Route is realigned to serve Las Positas College, replacing the local route 12 service. Route will terminate at the West Dublin Pleasanton BART Station and no longer directly serve the Stoneridge Mall. Route will run seven days per week.

• Route 51 – Route is consolidated with a restructured and extended Route 14.

• Route 70X – The two Route 70XV trips are eliminated.

• Route 401 – Route is eliminated.

• Route 402 – Route is eliminated.

• Route 403 – Route is eliminated.

• Route 501 – Route is restructured to address capacity issues for Dublin High School students.

• Route 502 – Route is restructured to address capacity issues for Dublin High School students.

• Route 504 – New route is implemented in East Dublin to connect to Dublin High School.

• Route 505 – New route is implemented in East Dublin to connect to Fallon Middle School.

The following routes continue to be reviewed for potential changes by the LAVTA Board of Directors:

• Route 11
• Route 20X
• Route 580X

It is anticipated that the LAVTA Board will review and consider alternatives for these routes at their June 6th meeting. Full details on the service changes can be viewed at: www.wheelsforward.com