New Wheels Buses Sport New Design

As you may have noticed, we have begun rolling out 18 brand new buses into service on Wheels routes throughout the Tri-Valley. The buses were built at the Gillig manufacturing facility, located right here in Livermore.

These Wheels buses feature a brand new exterior look and logo. The buses still carry the familiar red, white and blue Wheels colors, but the design has been modernized and the look and logo are now complementary to the design of LAVTA’s Rapid buses.

 

First Meeting Of The Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority On January 17, 2018

The first meeting of the newly created Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority has been set for Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Robert Livermore Community Center in the Palo Verde Room at 4444 East Street in Livermore.  The meeting will begin at 2pm.  The agenda and Board Packet can be found at www.acetobart.org.

The Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority was created by AB 758 (Eggman/Baker), which was signed into law in 2017.  The mission of the new Authority is to plan and deliver a cost-effective and responsive rail connection between the ACE rail system and BART in the Tri-Valley.  For more information, contact Michael Tree, Executive Director, at 925-455-7564.

Donations to Wheels “Stuff-A-Bus Bingo” Food Drive Top 2,400 Pounds

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels and Rapid bus services, hosted another “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive on Saturday November 18. The event took place at the Lucky Supermarket in Pleasanton.

Several hundred Tri-Valley residents stopped by to help the Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven stock their food pantries for the holiday season. Individual donations ranged from a single can to hundreds of pounds. The total weight of donated items exceeded 2,400 pounds. In addition, cash and gift card donations totaled over $450.

LAVTA developed a “Stuff-a-Bus Bingo” theme for this year’s food drive. Game cards listed the items most in need by the two food banks receiving the donations. Prizes ranged from small promotional items to four pairs of San Jose Sharks tickets, donated by radio station 101.7 KKIQ, which broadcast live from the event.

Alameda County Supervisor and LAVTA Board Vice-Chair Scott Haggerty (standing far right) donates four shopping carts full of needed items. Joining Supervisor Haggerty in the photo are (standing l to r): Tony McCaulay, LAVTA Marketing Manager, Ann King, Tri-Valley Haven Executive Director and Clare Gomes, Open Heart Kitchen Operations Manager. Kneeling in the photo are two employees from the Lucky store who assisted Supervisor Haggerty during his shopping trip.

Bus filled with 2,400 pounds of donations.

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.

Follow LAVTA on Facebook at facebook.com/wheelsbus and on Twitter @wheelsbus or visit our website wheelsbus.com for more information on Wheels bus and paratransit services as well as our Go Dublin! promotion with Uber, Lyft and Desoto Cab and our redesigned bus services offering convenient access to BART stations in the Tri-Valley. Coming soon look for information about our exciting plans for a shared autonomous vehicle demonstration project.

 

Feedback Sought on Tri-Valley Paratransit Alternatives

In early 2017, the Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA) and the City of Pleasanton launched a comprehensive study of paratransit services throughout the Tri-Valley called Mobility Forward: Tri-Valley Paratransit Assessment. Paratransit services in the region are currently operated by the City of Pleasanton and LAVTA/Wheels and the parties have coordinated on this study to ensure Tri-Valley residents continue to have quality access to transportation services and other amenities.

The study began with an analysis of operational data and policies from both LAVTA and the City of Pleasanton. A public engagement process conducted throughout the Tri-Valley included three public meetings and a survey designed to learn about existing awareness of services, to understand needs and travel patterns, and to understand where gaps in services exist. After compiling the results of the public outreach and gathering input from other Tri-Valley stakeholders, the Mobility Forward study team has been busy analyzing alternatives and is ready to collect feedback on those alternatives. Potential alternatives will be presented at a series of public meetings in mid-November.

Dates/times/locations of the public meetings and input opportunities are below:

1)         November 15th, 10a-12p, Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Boulevard, Dublin. A special shuttle to/from BART will be provided for this meeting.

2)         November 16th, 10a-12p, Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton. Wheels Route 8 provides service to the Pleasanton Senior Center.

3)         November 16th, 2-4p, Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore. Wheels Route 30R provides service to the Livermore Community Center.

The study team will be gathering public input throughout the end of the year and will be presenting draft recommendations to the LAVTA Board and Pleasanton City Council the first quarter of 2018. For more information, visit the website at https://www.wheelsbus.com/mobility-forward-tri-valley-paratransit-assessment-study/or contact:

 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.

LAVTA Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

For the 21st consecutive year, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) has earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence Award in Financial Reporting. This award was received for LAVTA’s excellence in financial reporting in their 2016 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.

For a copy of LAVTA’s 2016 financial report, click here . For more information on GFOA, visit www.gfoa.com.

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.

LAVTA Passes Annual California Highway Patrol Inspection

For the 14th consecutive year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has inspected the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) operations and maintenance facility. LAVTA received the highest rating available, with no safety violations found.  The random inspection included a detailed check of the condition of Wheels and Rapid buses, maintenance records and preventive maintenance practices on the maintenance side. On the bus operations side, the records inspection included an examination of the licensing, training and testing of bus operators, compliance with regulations governing drivers’ hours of service and records required by statute or regulation.

“This signifies a major achievement in providing Wheels and Rapid customers the highest and most consistent level of safety.  Our contractor and valued partner, MV Transportation, has trained and developed staff over the past 14 years to maintain this high standard,” said Michael Tree, LAVTA Executive Director.

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.