Members Sought for Tri-Valley 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 alternates to serve on the Tri-Valley Accessible Advisory Committee (TAAC). Members on the TAAC represent the cities of Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton, unincorporated Alameda County and Tri-Valley social/human services agencies. Vacancies are for the following representatives: City of Dublin resident (one alternate needed) and City of Livermore resident (one alternate needed).

The committee members are expected to provide a forum and advise LAVTA staff on accessibility issues facing senior and disabled residents on LAVTA fixed route buses and Dial-A-Ride paratransit services. The committee meets six times per year for approximately 90 minutes. TAAC members will receive a free annual LAVTA fixed route bus pass. In addition, ADA paratransit eligible members can ride Dial-A-Ride service to and from TAAC meetings free of charge.

Candidates must reside in the city they represent and 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 regarding LAVTA services. Candidates must currently use LAVTA 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 should request an application by calling (925) 455-7555 or download an application by clicking here. Applications should be submitted to LAVTA by January 15, 2020. LAVTA’s Board of Directors approves the representatives.

Use Up Those Fare Buster and 10-Ride Tickets by December 31!!

In October 2018, the LAVTA Board voted to end the sale of paper tickets effective January 1, 2019. In order to give our passengers time to use up any tickets that had already been purchased, it was decided that the paper Fare Buster and Senior/Disabled 10-Ride Tickets would still be accepted for fare payment through December 31, 2019.

If you have some stashed away, now is the time to find them and use them.

PUSD sponsored fares and early/later trips on Routes 605 and 611 end on 10/14/2019

During the solar panel construction project at Amador Valley High School, The Pleasanton Unified School District has sponsored free fares on the Route 605 and 611 as an incentive to encourage students to ride Wheels buses while the parking lot was under construction. The construction is scheduled for completion on Monday October 14. As a result, regular fares will apply on these two routes beginning Tuesday October 15. Cash fare is $2.00 each way and Day Passes are available for $3.75. A discounted Student Fare of $1.60 is available only with the Youth Clipper Card. The cards are available at the LAVTA offices, the downtown Livermore Transit Center or online at https://www.clippercard.com/ClipperWeb/discounts/youth.do

In addition to the fare changes, the PUSD sponsored early Route 605 and 611 buses that arrive at AVHS at 6:40 am and the late buses that leave AVHS at 4:12 pm will no longer operate after Monday October 14.

It’s Back to School Time! Route, Schedule and Fare Information Available Now!

It’s that time again. Get all of the information you need to plan your child’s transportation to and from school this fall. We have a special page set up with all of the details.

Our annual Try Transit to School promotion enables Tri-Valley middle and high school students to ride free on all regularly scheduled Wheels and Rapid bus routes for two weeks. This year the promotion runs from August 19 through September 1, 2019.

The lowest cost way to ride Wheels and Rapid buses is with a Youth Clipper Card. The Youth Clipper Card fare is only $1.60 per trip, versus $2.00 if paying with cash. Youth Clipper Cards are available at the downtown Livermore Transit Center and LAVTA’s Administrative Offices at 1362 Rutan Court, Livermore. You can see the eligibility requirements and even apply online by clicking here.

LAVTA Honored Again as California’s Top Transit Agency!!

We were recently named as the recipient of the California Association of Coordinated Transportation’s (CALACT) Outstanding Transportation Agency of the Year Award for 2019. The announcement was made at the CALACT Awards Ceremony held as part of the organization’s Spring Conference.

The annual award honors an agency that has demonstrated achievement in efficiency, effectiveness and customer service, based on the following criteria: Safety, Operations, Customer Service, Financial Management, Marketing, Community Relations, and Policy and Administration.

Among the accomplishments which led to LAVTA receiving the award:

  • A major service restructuring that refocused resources on more productive services with improved access to BART, ACE and Las Positas College
  • A ridership increase of 7.2% in FY2018 compared to the prior year
  • The successful passage of a Student Mobility Initiative at Las Positas College (LPC) to fund unlimited access transit passes for all LPC students
  • Launching a Shared Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) project in proximity to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station to help provide first and last mile connections with BART
  • Serving as executive and administrative support for the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority (Valley Link), which held its first Board meeting in January 2018
  • Partnering with the city of Livermore to relocate and rehabilitate the Southern Pacific Railroad’s historic train depot for use as LAVTA’s Livermore Transit Center sales and operations building
  • Refreshing the Wheels brand with a new vehicle design and logo which is complementary to the agency’s Rapid buses
  • Initiating Go Dublin, an on-demand real-time mobility alternative for Dublin residents utilizing a unique partnership with Uber and Lyft

After winning a similar honor from the California Transit Association last autumn, we are now the simultaneous holder of both major California Transit Agency of the Year Awards!!!

New Discount Youth Clipper Card Fare of $1.60 Available Now!!

On January 1, 2019, we introduced a new discount Youth Clipper Card fare of $1.60. This discount is only available for riders 18 years of age and under paying with a Youth Clipper Card. The single ride cash fare remains $2.00. The Youth Clipper Card is available at no charge online at clippercard.com, LAVTA’s Administrative Offices and at the downtown Livermore Transit Center. Proof of age is required when obtaining a Youth Clipper Card and the card automatically transitions to an Adult Clipper Card upon the cardholder’s 19th birthday.

You will need one of the following to demonstrate eligibility for a Youth Clipper card:

  • Birth certificate or passport
  • State-issued identification card or driver’s license
  • Permanent resident card (“Green Card”)
  • Matricula consular/consular identification card
  • SF City ID Card
  • Student identification card with date of birth
  • Military dependent card with date of birth
  • Medical benefit card with date of birth

The Youth Clipper Card has other advantages as well, including:

  • one free transfer to other Wheels or Rapid bus routes within 120 minutes
  • a fare credit of $0.80 when transferring from BART to Wheels or Rapid buses
  • autoload and balance protection available for registered cards

For more information about the Youth Clipper Card or other aspects of the Fare Policy Changes that took effect on January 1, visit wheelsbus.com, clippercard.com or call 925-455-7500.

For a copy of our Youth Clipper Card flyer, click here.