Hiring Wheels and Rapid Drivers & Mechanics! Competitive Wages and Benefits!

Our drivers are the direct front line to the riding public, taking passengers where they need to go, safely and on time. We’re looking for friendly individuals who enjoy driving and helping people along in their daily travels. Sound familiar? This job could be for you!

MV Transportation is now hiring full-time and part-time drivers to operate Wheels and Rapid buses in the Tri-Valley area. MV offers competitive wages and benefits, including paid holidays, vacation and sick time, health and dental insurance and more! A sign on bonus is also available.

You do not need previous experience driving a bus. Get paid while you train!

Walk in applications welcome Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 200, Livermore, CA 94551. Questions? Call (925) 455-7517.

Can’t stop by? Click here to apply online.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess, or able to obtain a valid Class A, or B California Driver’s License with Passenger and Air-brake endorsement or have a CDL permit with Passenger endorsement (Paid training will be provided to non-CDL holders)
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language
  • Knowledge of the Tri-Valley area helpful (Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin)

MV Transportation is also hiring experienced mechanics. Click here to see the job requirements or to submit an application online. Walk in applications are also welcome Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 200, Livermore, CA 94551.

Service and Schedule Adjustments Coming Saturday August 12

Service and schedule adjustments to most Wheels and Rapid routes will take effect Saturday August 12. The changes include a modification to the Route 14 routing and a new afternoon boarding location for service to Dublin High School. In addition, many other schedules have had minor adjustments to make transfers more convenient for routes serving the BART Stations and the Livermore Transit Center.

New timetables, marked “New Schedule August 12, 2017” are available on all Wheels and Rapid buses. The new schedules, including school service schedules for Dublin and Pleasanton, are also available by clicking here . For additional assistance, call our Customer Service Center at (925) 455-7500.

Week of May 22nd: Construction at the Livermore Transit Center to Impact Buses

Attention Wheels Passengers: In preparation for the upcoming relocation of the Livermore Historic Depot, construction activities are occurring at the Transit Center that may intermittently impact the bus operations. The following routes may experience 5-10 minute delays this week:


Route 10R

Route 11

Route 14

Route 15

We appreciate your patience as we prepare for summer construction. For more information about the Depot relocation, please visit click here

Here are some pictures of the construction of the new temporary transit center:


Wheels Launches SmartTrips Pleasanton Program Along Santa Rita Road/Owens Drive Corridor

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, operator of the Wheels bus system, is launching a travel conversation campaign in Pleasanton to connect with residents on their current travel choices and transportation options. SmartTrips Pleasanton will work with participants to identify and connect them with transportation alternatives that may be valuable to them. The program aims to let people along Santa Rita Road and Owens Drive know about the new, improved bus services connecting Pleasanton to the BART station. The project will expand residents’ knowledge of transportation options by providing information and support to help people try new ways of getting around, including bus, BART, ACE, carpooling, biking and walking instead of driving alone.


The focus of this project will be to engage residents at their doorstep and through mail-based and event outreach, reaching out to approximately 4,000 households in the neighborhoods surrounding Santa Rita Road and Owens Drive.


A team of local Travel Advisors will deliver the in-person outreach. Travel Advisors will visit households to connect with residents, offering them support and information on their travel options. Travel Advisors will work with participants to address concerns with trying a new way of getting around and to help plan individual trips. As a way to engage people in this program, residents who are visited will be encouraged to request information and incentives including transit schedules, a neighborhood travel map, a BikeLink card or a Clipper card.


Similar programs in cities such as Portland, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington have shown that individualized marketing has the potential to generate more riders who continue to choose transit options for a longer duration than more traditional marketing outreach efforts. The goal of the Pleasanton SmartTrips program is to generate an additional 30,000 transit trips per year in the corridor.


The program is funded through a Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Transit Performance Initiative grant.


Wheels Seeking Input on Proposed Bus Service Changes

In response to customer feedback about connectivity and routing, Wheels is considering changes to a number of routes effective Fall 2017. Comments on the proposed changes will be accepted through April 30, 2017. Final recommended changes will be presented to the Board at their May 1st meeting. Comments can be submitted by email (info@lavta.org), phone (925-455-7500), or via our online database (link here).

The following is a list of proposed route and schedule changes, which are detailed further in the staff report from the April Board meeting:

Routing Changes

Route 14: To address on-time performance issues, Staff is proposing that Route 14 no longer operate a separate loop from the Transit Center to the Civic Center back to the Transit Center; instead, the route would operate the Civic Center portion as part of its trunk trips to and from Pleasanton. The route frequency would be slightly modified to operate every 30-45 minutes during peak times on Weekdays, and every 45-60 minutes midday and evenings. The weekend frequency would not change. Below is a map of the proposed change:



Route 501: Instead of operating on the southern portion of Village Parkway and on Dublin Boulevard, the route would express to/from the school via I-580 and I-680, entering and exiting the school vicinity via Alcosta Boulevard. Below is a map of the proposed change:


Route 502: In the PM, the route is proposed to start on northbound Village Parkway (in front of the school) and head northbound, making a left on Davona, left on Lucania, left on Brighton, and right on Village to resume normal routing. Below is a map of the proposed change:


Route 504: In the PM, the route is proposed to start on northbound Village Parkway (in front of the school) and head northbound, making a left on Davona, left on Lucania, left on Brighton, and right on Village to resume normal routing. Below is a map of the proposed change:



Route 505: Staff is proposing discontinuation of Route 505 as a standalone service, and to instead adjust the Route 2 schedule, if necessary, to accommodate the main bell at Fallon Middle School.

Route 602: The Parkside Loop of Route 602 is proposed for elimination; service to Valley Trails and Paseo Santa Cruz would continue. Below is a map of the proposed change:


Schedule Changes

To better connect buses with BART, as well as with one another, schedule adjustments will be considered on the following routes:

1, 2, 3, 8, 10R, 11, 14, 15, 20X, 30R, 54, 70X, 580X, 601

Comments are being solicited until April 30th. Comments can be submitted by email (info@lavta.org), phone (925-455-7500), or via our online database (link here)

Wheels Partners with Uber, Lyft and DeSoto Cab to Offer On Demand, Real Time Travel Convenience in Dublin

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the popular Wheels bus system in the Tri-Valley, announced today an innovative partnership with ridesharing companies Uber, Lyft and DeSoto Cabs to offer the community of Dublin enhanced transportation options and greater flexibility – all available in a format that’s on demand and in real time.

With the Go Dublin promotion, LAVTA will pay for 50% of the fare, up to $5 per trip with participating transportation network companies. To be eligible for a discount, rideshare trips must both start and end within Dublin city limits, including both the East Dublin and West Dublin BART stations.

“Go Dublin is an innovative rideshare promotion that will provide a discount on trips taken on Uber and Lyft, as well as DeSoto Cabs within the city of Dublin,” says Dublin Mayor David Haubert. “It’s very easy to use and convenient. Customers simply select a participating transportation network company, download their phone app, enter the promo code GODUBLIN, select the uberPOOL, Lyft Line, or DeSoto Share option and then enter where they want to go. The car comes right to you and your driver knows exactly where to go.”

LAVTA Board Chairman Steven Spedowfski commented, “Our goal with the Go Dublin promotion is to increase transportation options in the Tri-Valley and make it easy to move between transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft and public transportation. Additionally, the Go Dublin promotion can be used to travel anywhere within Dublin. I think everyone can agree that having more travel options improves our quality of life.”

According to the transit agency’s Executive Director, Michael Tree, the Go Dublin promotion is valid through June 2017 or until funds are exhausted, whichever happens first. The Go Dublin promotion is one of the first of its kind in the United States where a public transit agency has partnered with both Uber and Lyft to promote discounted ridesharing to any location within a project area.

Ready to give it a try? Visit www.Wheelsbus.com/godublin for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Go Dublin promotion code and you’re on your way!

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority serves nearly 2 million customers a year on the Wheels bus system. In addition to the Go Dublin promotion with transit network companies, the transit agency has recently redesigned its bus system for quicker, easier access to BART stations in the Tri-Valley, and is also planning a shared autonomous vehicle demonstration project.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve the community’s transit needs and interests.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by eliminating thousands of car trips from local roads, easing traffic congestion and helping to keep the air clean in Tri-Valley. The transit agency is able to continually provide services through the support of federal, state and local funding, including Alameda County’s Measure B and BB.

Follow LAVTA on Twitter @wheelsbus and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wheelsbus or visit our webpage www.wheelsbus.com for more information.



Wheels Makes Commuting Simpler by Integrating with Transit App

Wheels announced that Wheels is now available on Transit App, a popular phone app that makes commuting easy. Transit App, now available for download on the App Store and Google Play, allows commuters to plan their trip on demand and get real-time departure and arrival times for public transportation. With the Transit App, you can set reminders, view your transportation options, get notifications, or request an Uber to pick you up. There is even a button to reserve a bike at the nearest bike share.

According to Michael Tree, Executive Director of LAVTA, “I’m excited that the Wheels bus system was introduced on the popular Transit phone app. Transit App shows users the best scenario that saves time on their commute, for example, if you need to get to BART the Transit App picks the appropriate Wheels route that drops you off right at BART’s entry. Your commute in the Bay Area should be simpler and with the Transit App that’s certainly the case”.

Upon opening the app, users are instantly shown the nearest Wheels routes without even pushing a button. Bus arrival times on Transit are shown in big, bold, beautiful colors and text allowing commuters to get real-time transit information in a fun and appealing user-friendly way. Wheels continues their efforts to instill public transportation initiatives that fit seamlessly with on-the-go commuters.

Wheels Bus Service Rolls Out More Direct and Frequent Routes Effective August 13, 2016

Beginning August 13, 2016, Wheels bus system will launch enhanced routes that include improved access to BART, ACE rail stations, Las Positas College, and other key destinations in the Tri-Valley.

Highest priority in the new service change is improved access to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Ten of the new and modified routes will connect directly to BART, including two routes that will arrive at bus stops every 15 minutes all day on weekdays to connect with every BART train departure. This provides an alternative for BART riders looking to avoid the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. As a result, over 18,000 Tri-Valley households, and over 32,500 jobs, will be within a short walking distance to premium bus service where brand new buses arrive every 15 minutes and offer upgraded seating, bike rack accommodations for three bikes, and near-future free Wi-Fi service.

Additionally, Las Positas College students and faculty can take advantage of premium bus service connecting directly to BART and ACE rail from the college. This service will alleviate common commuting hassles such as getting stuck in traffic and spending time finding parking in congested lots.

The following is a description of the new bus service taking effect August 13:

Route 1 – Route will operated direct to/from BART to the Santa Rita Jail. Service on Central Parkway and Rosewood is eliminated.

Route 2 – Route will continue to operate. A 3:20pm short trip is eliminated (new Route 505 will provide service to Fallon Middle School).

Route 3 – Route is eliminated in Dublin and is realigned in Pleasanton for a direct connection between the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Stoneridge Mall.

Route 8 – Route is realigned to operate from BART to south Pleasanton via Hopyard. Route will no longer operate on Santa Rita Road (service will be provided by Route 10). Service on Case Avenue and along Koll Center Parkway is eliminated.

Route 9 – Route is eliminated.

Route 10R – Service levels will increase to every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays. Route will no longer operate to the Stoneridge Mall and will terminate at BART. Route will no longer operate on East Avenue and will terminate at the Livermore Transit Center. For service on East Ave, please see Route 30R.

Route 11 – Route is realigned to connect to the Vasco Road ACE Station.

Route 12/12X – Route is eliminated.

Route 14 – Route is realigned to provide service from central Livermore to the San Francisco Premium Outlets, Stoneridge Creek retirement facility, and Stoneridge Drive to BART. Service on Pine Street and Chestnut Street is eliminated. Route will operate 7 days a week.

Route 15 – Service will operate every 30-minutes all day on weekdays. Service on Enos and Portola Ave is eliminated.

Route 20X – Two trips in the morning and two trips in the evening on weekdays will be provided as express service to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Service on Greenville Road and Las Positas is eliminated.

Route 30R (formerly, Rapid) – Route is realigned to serve Las Positas College, replacing the local route 12 service. Route will terminate at the West Dublin Pleasanton BART Station and no longer directly serve the Stoneridge Mall. Route will run until midnight, 7 days a week. Select local stops on East Avenue and Dublin Blvd will be added.

Route 51 – Route is eliminated. Service to the Livermore Civic Center and Library will be provided by Route 14.

Route 70X – Route 70XV trips are eliminated.

Route 401, 402 and 403 – Routes are eliminated.

New Route 580X – Service will operate from the Livermore Transit Center to BART via the 1-580 Express lanes during peak times on weekdays.

Dublin School Routes (501, 502, 504) – Routes have been adjusted to manage ridership demand and meet new school bell times. Route 503 will not change.

New Route 505 – Route will provide service to Fallon Middle School

Routes 601-611 – No changes

Wheels Receives Funding Towards the Purchase of Two Hybrid Replacement Buses

Wheels bus system received notification from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) that it has been approved for funding towards the purchase of two hybrid replacement buses.

The agency received $253,365 as part of the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). This program was established in the Transit, Affordable Housing, and Sustainable communities Program by Senate Bill 862 in 2014. The LCTOP draws funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support transit agencies in their efforts to increase transit ridership and achieve set regional greenhouse reduction goals.

The new buses will be used on LAVTA’s commuter route 70X which connects the Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, and Dublin/Pleasanton BART stations. Currently, the agency has 20 hybrid buses and plans to transition to running electric buses in the future.

Tri-Valley Overhauls Bus System to Provide Better, More Frequent Service

Transportation Network Companies and Autonomous Shuttles to Play Roles

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) approved major changes to the Wheels public transit system, providing more frequent buses and new routes in Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton. The agency also introduced two innovations: they are partnering with transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, to reach commuters in neighborhoods big buses cannot serve and exploring driverless shuttles to solve first and last mile issues to connect people to stations.

“These changes feature a dramatic new way of thinking about mass transit,” says Wheels Board Chair Don Biddle. “With these improvements, an additional 6,000 households and 5,000 employees will be within an easy 5-minute walk of high-quality, frequent bus service, while areas that cannot support big buses will be served with innovative partnerships and ultimately driverless shuttles. These changes will be a significant catalyst for residents to explore their transportation options.”

To create an easier-to-use, more productive transit system, LAVTA embarked on a yearlong planning effort with the Tri-Valley communities. Called Wheels Forward, the planning effort was led by Nelson\Nygaard, an international transportation planning firm. By focusing on making it easier and more convenient for riders, the team restructured Wheels bus service to provide more direct routes to key destinations with buses arriving more often. A major improvement is the addition of the agency’s second route with 15-minute all-day bus frequency that will receive signal priority at intersections for quicker service. For more information, visit www.wheelsforward.com

According to Wheels Executive Director Michael Tree, the bus route improvements were designed without an increase to the agency’s budget, which meant trade-offs had to be made, including the elimination of bus service in areas that could not support fixed-route service. In all, almost every route had changes and six bus routes were eliminated in the system redesign.

Other Wheels improvements approved for fiscal year 2017 include the addition of Wi-Fi to Rapid and express buses, the implementation of individualized marketing in target areas of the transit system, the development of a new phone app and website to include integration with TNCs, and a rebranding of Wheels services.

Demonstration Projects

To serve lower-density suburban neighborhoods, LAVTA will test ridesharing service. Customers will receive a discounted rate when they take advantage of Uber, Lyft, or a taxi participating with the transit agency within the project areas.

“The City of Dublin is excited about the participation of TNCs in our transit system,” says Dublin Mayor David Haubert. “Real time, dynamic ridesharing in more suburban communities of the Bay Area is an increasingly popular and efficient transportation option that can reduce congestion.”

The LAVTA Board also approved and directed staff to seek partners and funding for a near future  demonstration project in the City of Dublin, which would continue to advance the agency’s focus on improving first and last mile solutions to access public transit.

“Electric, driverless shuttles are being tested throughout the world as viable short-trip solutions to connect people to mass transit. With high density residential and business centers near the two BART stations in Dublin, the envisioned demonstration project will cover areas where conventional means of transportation simply aren’t viable, especially given the limited parking,” commented Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.”


Livermore Valley Transit Authority provides equal access to a variety of safe, affordable and reliable public transportation choices, increasing the mobility and improving the quality of life of those who live or work in and visit the Tri-Valley area. Operated by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), Wheels plays a vital role in providing transportation and mobility options for those who do not drive, either by choice or necessity. Wheels connects people to work, school, medical appointments, and to recreational opportunities. www.wheelsbus.com

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. Nelson\Nygaard recognizes that transportation is not an end by itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living. Founded by two women in 1987, Nelson\Nygaard has grown from its roots in transit planning to a full-service, award-winning transportation firm with offices across the United States. www.nelsonnygaard.com