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.

We Were Just Named the Top California Transit Agency!!!

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was recognized this week as the California Transit Agency of the Year for 2018. The award was presented at the Small Operators Awards Ceremony held as part of the California Transit Association’s Annual Fall Conference. The annual award is given to a California transit agency that has demonstrated improvement in the performance of its system including ridership, customer service, service expansion and financial management. Alameda County Supervisor and LAVTA Board Chair Scott Haggerty remarked, “It’s an honor that the hard work and collaborative efforts of the LAVTA Board and staff have been recognized with this statewide award. This award would also not have been possible without the support of our member  jurisdictions and our funding partners.”

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

Dublin Mayor and LAVTA Vice Chair David Haubert said “It’s amazing that so much was accomplished with such a lean, well-run organization, comprised of a 14-person staff and a seven member Board of Directors. We have much to be proud of.”

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. LAVTA serves nearly 2 million passengers a year on our Wheels bus and paratransit services. LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region.

In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure B and BB.

Schedule Adjustments for Late Starts at Foothill High and Amador Valley High – Starting Thursday Aug. 30

RIDER ALERT

Route 605 & Route 611 

Effective Thursday August 30, 2018: In order to accommodate the Thursday late starts at Amador Valley High School, the morning schedule on the Routes 605 and 611 on Thursdays will be identical to the existing morning late start schedule on Wednesdays.

Click on these links to see the revised Route 605 and 611 schedules.

Route 602 & Route 604

Effective Friday August 31, 2018: In order to accommodate the new Monday and Friday late starts at Foothill High School, the morning schedule on the Routes 602 and 604 on Mondays and Fridays will be identical to the existing morning late start schedule on Wednesdays.

Click on these links to see the revised Route 602 and 604 schedules.

After 40 Years Behind the Wheel(s), Diane Farner Retires

Diane Farner started driving buses in the Tri-Valley in January 1978 for the Livermore Unified School District. In 1980, she went to work for the Rideo bus service in Livermore, then transitioned to the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) when LAVTA absorbed the Rideo service in 1987. After 40 years of transporting area residents, Farner recently retired at age 80.

In four decades of driving buses, Farner saw significant technological improvements in the vehicles she operated. She has driven buses with manual transmissions, many with no air conditioning and one with a driver’s seat that was located between the engine compartment and a window that did not open. Diane also recalled that in the days before on-board radio communication and cell phones, her passengers would sometimes exit her bus and call police if there was a troublemaking passenger on board.

Farner witnessed other changes as well, including the evolution of many of the passengers she carried and the urbanization of the Tri-Valley region. She remembers riders who started riding her bus when they were in high school, then continued riding to work as adults. Diane also recalls when the region was a bit more rural in nature and her passengers sometimes had to get off of the bus to help persuade farm animals to get off the road so she could continue on her route.

Diane’s favorite group of passengers over the years was a group of engineers and scientists she used to carry to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Occasionally, she would pull her bus over at the Donut Wheel in downtown Livermore long enough for the group to hustle in and get coffee and donuts to take to work.

Farner and her husband moved to Livermore from Alameda in 1971. She plans to remain in the area.