Wheels Offers Free Rides for Tri-Valley Students During Try Transit to School Promotion

We are once again offering our Try Transit to School promotion that enables Tri-Valley middle and high school students to ride free system wide.

This special promotion offers unlimited rides on all regularly scheduled Wheels and Rapid bus routes from August 8 through September 5, including weekends. The purpose of the promotion is to introduce middle school and high school students to LAVTA’s bus services and see how efficient and easy it is to ride transit to and from school. The program also offers parents a safe, convenient and eco-friendly alternative for school transportation. The free rides are not limited to school trips. Students can also use this opportunity to ride transit to hang out with friends or for work, shopping and other activities.

To take advantage of the promotion, students simply board a Wheels or Rapid bus and ride. No ticket or pass is required. Route and schedule information is available on the LAVTA website at wheelsbus.com or by calling our Customer Service Center at (925) 455-7500.

Wheels Receives National Recognition for Financial Reporting and Marketing

We are proud to announce that our agency was recognized nationally last month for achievements in financial reporting and marketing.

For the 26th consecutive year, LAVTA has earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This award was received for LAVTA’s excellence in financial reporting in our FY2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR).

The 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.

LAVTA was also named as the winner of two AdWheel First Place Awards by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The annual AdWheel Awards competition recognizes the best marketing and communications efforts by transit systems throughout North America. LAVTA was recognized for its “Memorial Madden Cruiser” bus honoring the late John Madden as well as for a flyer developed for the Valley Link rail project. Both First Place entries are now eligible for AdWheel Grand Prize Awards that will be presented in October.

Wheels to Resume Operation of Express Routes 20X & 70X on Monday June 6

On Monday June 6, Wheels will resume service on two Express Routes that have been suspended since shortly after the start of the pandemic. Route 20X, which operates between the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will resume its full pre-pandemic service level with two morning trips and two afternoon trips. Route 70X, which serves three BART Stations: Dublin/Pleasanton; Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill, will also operate two morning and two afternoon trips.

See the 20X schedule by clicking here.

See the 70X schedule by clicking here.

Wheels Introduces the “Memorial Madden Cruiser”!

We are paying tribute to the late John Madden in a big way by wrapping an entire 40-foot Wheels bus and designating it as the “Memorial Madden Cruiser”. The bus made its debut public appearance at the “One More Monday Night in Oakland: A Celebration of John Madden” event on Monday February 14 at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland. It was parked next to the original Madden Cruiser in front of the entrance to the event.

Beginning yesterday, the “Memorial Madden Cruiser” was placed in regular service on Wheels and Rapid routes. The bus will be rotated between routes so residents throughout the Wheels service area of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin will have an opportunity to see it.

No public funds were expended on this project. The images used were provided at no cost by the Las Vegas Raiders organization and our advertising sales contractor Lamar Transit Advertising provided the design, production, and installation of the wrap.

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.