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.