Wheels Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 25th Consecutive Year

For the 25th consecutive year, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) has earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award was received for LAVTA’s excellence in financial reporting in their FY2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established this award in 1945 to encourage state and local government agencies to exceed the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles in preparing their annual financial reports. The award program assesses whether the financial statements of participating agencies provide the detail necessary for users of the information to adequately evaluate the financial health of the organization.

Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown, who serves as Chair of the LAVTA Board of Directors, said “It is quite an honor for LAVTA to receive this award. To have won the award for 25 consecutive years is a testament to the LAVTA staff’s efforts to be effective stewards of the public trust and ensure that our precious tax dollars are accounted for in an exemplary manner.”

For a copy of LAVTA’s FY2020 financial report, visit the “Reports” section of our website, under the “About Us” tab. For more information on GFOA, visit www.gfoa.com.

Tri-Valley Hub Network Integration Study Approved by LAVTA Board

At their June 7, 2021 meeting the LAVTA Board approved the Tri-Valley Hub Network Integration Study and authorized LAVTA’s Executive Director to forward the report to the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which had funded the study.

The goal of the Study was to provide the strategic and technical requirements to move forward toward initiating future regional transportation services via a hubbed model at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and for the near-term evolution of that station into the Tri-Valley Hub as envisioned in the 2018 California State Rail Plan.

Among the Study’s conclusions:
• Move forward with implementing I-680 Express Bus service between Martinez and the Tri-Valley Hub, i.e. Dublin/Pleasanton BART
• Establish a governance structure
• Secure an operator and a funding source
• Work with operators at Dublin/Pleasanton BART to build consensus on improvements enhancing the facility’s ability to serve as a successful Tri-Valley Hub

To see the full Tri-Valley Hub Network Integration Study, click here.

What the California Reopening Plan Means for Wheels Riders

Tomorrow, June 15th, California is expected to fully reopen. The county tier system based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will no longer be in effect. Capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities, including Wheels and Rapid buses.

However, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirement that face coverings be worn at airports, on commercial aircraft, and on bus and rail systems such as Wheels remains in effect through September 13th.  Face coverings are also required while you are inside our downtown Livermore Transit Center building, but are no longer required while waiting outdoors at a bus stop. Our drivers and the staff at the Transit Center will continue to have masks available for anyone who forgets to bring one.

LAVTA’s Administrative Offices will reopen to the public on June 15. Face coverings will be required for all visitors.

We will continue to follow many protocols established during the COVID-19 pandemic including providing personal protective equipment, anti-viral fogging and cleaning and advanced HVAC system air filters across our fleet.

Wheels to Partially Restore Service to pre-COVID Levels

For almost fifteen months, we have been operating at a significantly reduced level of service as a result of decreased demand resulting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the State of California planning to fully reopen the economy on June 15, we will be restoring some of those services.

Effective Monday June 14, weekday service will be reinstated to pre-COVID levels from approximately 6:00-9:00 am and 3:00-6:00 pm on Routes 1, 3, 8, 10R, 14, and 30R. Route 15 will return to all-day pre-COVID service levels. Service will continue to end at 11 pm.

Schedules for the revised service levels are available by clicking here.

Wearing Face Coverings on Wheels Buses Still Required by Federal Law

The recent action by the CDC with regard to loosening face covering requirements does not impact the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) requirement that face coverings be worn on public transit and currently extends through September 15, 2021. The federal law that requires approved face masks must be properly worn by all passengers waiting for or riding on Wheels buses became effective February 1, 2021.

Any changes to this mandate will be posted on this site.

 

Earlier Afternoon Departure Times for PUSD and DUSD School Services Effective April 12, 2021

When Dublin and Pleasanton students return from Spring Break, we will be adjusting our afternoon bus departure times. Beginning Monday April 12, Routes 501-504  and 601-611 will all depart 10 minutes following dismissal time. This change is based on our observations at all school sites and will result in students arriving home sooner.

The new schedules are now available online at https://www.wheelsbus.com/school-routes/ .

As a reminder, the most economical way for students to ride is to obtain a Youth Clipper Card. With the Youth Clipper Card, the fare is $1.60 each way. The Youth Clipper Card can be obtained at clippercard.com or at the downtown Livermore Transit Center. Cash is also accepted, but the cost is $2.00 each way.

If you have questions, feel free to contact our Customer Service Staff at 925.455.7500.

Members and Alternates Sought for Tri-Valley Accessible Advisory Committee

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of Wheels and Rapid bus services and Dial-A-Ride paratransit service in the Tri-Valley, is seeking applications for members and 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 – 1 member
  • City of Pleasanton – 2 members

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 April 26, 2021. LAVTA’s Board of Directors approves the representatives.

Wheels Offers Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Beginning Monday March 1, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will provide free rides on existing Wheels, Rapid and Dial-a-Ride services to and from any COVID-19 vaccination site in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, including hospitals, pharmacies, and other immunization locations. This program will remain in effect until further notice.

To receive a free ride, passengers should be ready to show physical or digital confirmation of their same-day vaccine appointment to the bus operator at time of boarding. Dial-a-Ride paratransit riders should indicate that their trips are for the purpose of a COVID-19 vaccination when booking their reservations. Staff will then alert the Dial-a-Ride driver that the rider is not required to pay the fare. This effort is aimed at reducing transportation and cost barriers for Tri-Valley residents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As an essential service, LAVTA has continued operations and has provided needed transportation to essential workers and the general public, many of whom have no other reliable form of transportation. Providing free rides to and from vaccination sites will help ensure that all persons have access to be vaccinated in a timely manner.” said Bob Woerner, Chair of the LAVTA Board of Directors.

LAVTA is one of more than 20 Bay Area transit agencies participating in a coordinated effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve through the Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan. The regional Healthy Transit Plan outlines action items for frequent cleaning, personal protective equipment, face coverings, social distancing, ventilation, and touchless fares in order to keep transit safe for all Bay Area residents and transit employees.

 

 

Low Income Wheels Riders Offered Reduced Fares

Low income riders on the Wheels bus system will become eligible for reduced fares beginning Monday January 25. Wheels is participating in a pilot program administered by the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) called Clipper START. The pilot will continue through the end of the year at a minimum.

Applicants to the pilot program can provide a copy of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or Medi-Cal card, a county benefits eligibility letter, their Muni Lifeline card number or a copy of their last federal tax return to demonstrate their eligibility. Once approved, they will receive a personalized Clipper card that must be loaded with cash value before use.

The Clipper START discounts are automatically applied whenever the card is used. On Wheels buses, the discount is 20 percent off of the regular $2.00 one-way fare. Clipper START is not a transit pass — it is a program that offers discounts for single rides on 22 participating Bay Area transit systems.

Riders interested in Clipper START can learn more about the program and apply online at clipperstartcard.com. The website guides customers through the application process, details what documents customers need to upload, and will save applicants’ progress to allow them to return later to complete the application if necessary.

Cards can only be obtained through the Clipper website and are not available at the Livermore Transit Center, the Wheels Administrative Office or at any of the other Tri-Valley retail locations where Clipper Cards are available.

Income guidelines for the program are listed below.

Clipper Start Income Guidelines

Household size Household income up to
1 $25,520
2 $34,480
3 $43,440
4 $52,400
5 $61,360
6 $70,320
7 $79,280
8 $88,240

Add $8,960 for each additional household member over eight.