Fare Policy Changes Effective January 1, 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will be implementing a number of fare policy changes. The changes are outlined below. Fares and fare policies not listed below will not change.
Paper transfers will no longer be issued or accepted
Effective January 1, 2019, paper transfers will no longer be issued or accepted as fare payment on Wheels and Rapid buses. Passengers who use multiple Wheels or Rapid routes during the day should use the Day Pass option described below, which provides a discount compared to two one-way cash fares.
Passengers who use Clipper Cards for payment will be permitted a single transfer to another Wheels or Rapid bus within 120 minutes of first fare payment. Passengers transferring from BART who have used a Clipper Card for payment on BART will receive a credit towards their Wheels or Rapid fare as follows: Adult ($1.00); Senior ($.50); RTC ($.50); Youth ($.80). Paper transfers from BART will no longer be accepted. There is no credit for transfers made from Wheels or Rapid buses to BART.
Paper transfers will no longer be accepted as fare payment for passengers transferring from County Connection, WestCat or Tri Delta Transit. Passengers transferring from any of those three East Bay transit operators who use Clipper Cards for payment will be permitted a single transfer to a Wheels or Rapid bus within 120 minutes of first fare payment. The same is true for transfers from Wheels or Rapid buses to County Connection, WestCat or Tri Delta Transit.
Day Passes will be available for purchase on Wheels and Rapid Buses
Day Passes offer unlimited rides during a single day. LAVTA currently offers full fare Day Passes for $3.75. A reduced fare Day Pass for seniors/disabled/Medicare Card holders is $1.75. These Day Passes are currently only available for passengers using Adult, Senior and RTC Clipper Cards. The first ride of the day is charged at full fare. The second ride of the day is charged at a 25 cent discount and triggers the Day Pass feature.
Effective January 1, 2019, Day Passes will also be available for purchase onboard Wheels and Rapid buses. Upon boarding the bus, tell the driver that you want to purchase either an Adult Day Pass ($3.75) or a Senior/Disabled Day Pass ($1.75). Insert cash into the farebox. The pass will be printed by the farebox. For additional rides on the same day, insert the Day Pass into the same slot on the farebox from which it was issued. The pass will be valid for unlimited rides until the last bus goes out of service at approximately 2 am.
Fare Buster and Senior/Disabled Tickets will no longer be sold
Effective January 1, 2019, Fare Buster and Senior/Disabled 10-ride tickets will no longer be sold. Fare Buster and Senior/Disabled 10-ride tickets will still be accepted as fare payment through December 31, 2019. Since transfers will no longer be available after January 1, passengers may give the driver two (2) Fare Buster or Senior/Disabled tickets and will be issued a Day Pass.
New Youth Clipper Card Fare will be introduced
Effective January 1, 2019, a new Youth Fare of $1.60 will be available for passengers 18 years of age and younger who pay using a Youth Clipper Card. Youth Clipper Cards are available at no charge and are available online at clippercard.com, and in person at the Wheels Administrative Offices and the downtown Livermore Transit Center. This discount Youth Fare is not available with any other form of payment, including cash.
Senior/Disabled/Medicare Monthly Pass price will increase
Effective January 1, 2019, the price of a discount Senior/Disabled/Medicare monthly pass will be $22.
Dial-a-Ride Paratransit fare will increase
Effective January 1, 2019, the fare for a one-way trip on Dial-a-Ride Paratransit will be $3.75. 10 ride tickets used on Dial-a-Ride Paratransit will continue to be sold and will be priced at $37.50.
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