Wheels Dedicates New “Space Age” Bus Shelter Mural in Livermore

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Wheels dedicated a new Art Shelter Mural located on Vasco Road in Livermore Thursday, June 2nd.

The newest shelter is the seventeenth shelter in Wheels Art Shelter Mural Project and is titled “Wheels – Ticket to Paradise”. The mural was created by Granada High School art students under the supervision of Ms. Laura Thournir.

Livermore Mayor John Marchand and LAVTA Board Member Laureen Turner officiated the event and gave certificates of appreciation to the students who were responsible for the design. The students responsible include: Emilie Johal, Mary Carmona, Kemi Awosanya, Cameron Sanchez, Bailey Ye and Jodi Bryant.

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“Wheels – Ticket to Paradise” Bus Shelter

Wheels is a convenient way to travel throughout the Tri-Valley and an excellent way to build a cleaner, healthier and less congested community. For more information on services provided by Wheels, visit www.wheelsbus.com.

Wheels Adds Bus Service to the Alameda County Fair and Offers a Buy One, Get One Free Admission Ticket

Fairgoers are gearing up for their annual time enjoying carnival rides, festive games and fair food– it’s time for the Alameda County Fair! Start your trip by taking Wheels Route 8 to the Fair from June 15 – July 4, 2016.

Wheels is adding service on its Route 8 to/from the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Late night service is also being extended on Route 8 to accommodate passengers attending nightly concerts and the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular show. Route 8 picks up and drops on Pleasanton Ave, across from the entrance to the Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Pleasanton ACE station. Schedule and route information will be posted online at www.wheelsbus.com and at the BART and Fairgrounds bus stops.

Not only do those who take Wheels enjoy a stress-free ride, each passenger riding Route 8 will receive a 2-for-1 Fair admission voucher! Just ask your Route 8 operator for your voucher when deboarding at the Fairgrounds bus stop.

While you are at the Fair, don’t miss the showcase of the historic Rideo bus! This 1966 General Motors Coach bus was originally operated as part of the City of Livermore’s Rideo bus system. Wheels acquired the historic Rideo bus from the City of Livermore in the late 1980s. Since then, Alameda County Supervisor and Wheels Board Member, Scott Haggerty, played a major role in the rehabilitation of the Rideo bus, securing state and federal funding in 2011 to restore this piece of Livermore history to its former glory. The Rideo bus will be on display next to the grandstands at the fair. In addition, you can get free giveaways and transit information at the Wheels booth on June 16, 23, and 30, next to the Rideo bus.

PLAN YOUR RIDE EARLY: For trip planning assistance and extended schedule information, call Wheels Customer Service at (925) 455-7500 or visit us online at www.wheelsbus.com. For Fair hours and event information, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com.
Wheels cash fares to the Fair are:
• Adult/Youth $2.00
• Senior (age 65 and over) $1.00, with valid ID
• Disabled $1.00, with a valid RTC Discount Card
• Children under six Free with a paying adult

Wheels to Dedicate new Art Shelter Mural Project in Livermore

Wheels invites all to attend the dedication of its new Art Shelter Mural Project located on east side of Vasco Rd at the Mesquite gate in front of Lawrence Livermore National Labs in Livermore on Thursday, June 2th at 4:00 p.m.

The newest piece entitled “Wheels – Ticket to Paradise” was created by Granada High School art students under the supervision of Ms. Laura Thournir.
Please join Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board members, Stephen Spedowfski and Laureen Turner and Livermore Mayor John Marchand in acknowledging the talents of these students and the contribution they have made to beautify the City of Livermore.

Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Vasco Rd at the Mesquite gate; in front of the Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Wheels Approves Major Changes in Bus Service Effective August 13th

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board of Directors approved major changes to the Wheels bus system that include improved access to BART and ACE stations, Las Positas College, and other important destinations in the Tri-Valley. The changes are slated to go into effect August 13th.

Highest priority in the new service changes is improved access to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. Eight new and modified routes will serve BART, including two routes that will operate on a 15-minute Rapid frequency all day on weekdays. This provides an alternative for BART riders looking to avoid the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. As a result of the approved service plan, over 18,000 Tri-Valley households, and over 32,500 jobs, will be within a short walking distance to quality bus service to BART, which will be operated with premium Rapid buses offering comfortable seating and near-future Wi-Fi service.

“After nearly a year of hard work, public input, and discussions with stakeholders, we’re launching a new Wheels bus service plan that represents increased convenience to key destinations in the Tri-Valley. The new service focuses on providing frequent and reliable connections to both BART and ACE, eliminating unproductive bus routes,” states Board Chair Don Biddle.

The plan provides Las Positas College students and faculty with 15-minute all day Rapid service directly connecting to BART and ACE from the college. This service will greatly improve the connections to the college, and will give students commuting from the inner East Bay and the Central Valley a viable alternative to driving.

The following is a description of the approved bus service changes:

• Route 1 – Route is streamlined to provide direct service to and from the Santa Rita jail and BART via Hacienda and Dublin Blvd. Service along Central Parkway and Rosewood Drive is eliminated due to low ridership.

• Route 2 – Route is eliminated due to low ridership. It will be replaced with additional school-focused bus service.

• Route 3 – Route is eliminated in Dublin and is realigned in Pleasanton to provide a direct connection between the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Stoneridge Mall. County Connection routes 35 and 36 will provide service in Dublin.

• Route 8 – Route is realigned to a bi-directional line between the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and south Pleasanton. Route will no longer operate on Santa Rita Road (service will be provided by Route 10).

• Route 9 – Route is eliminated due to low ridership.

• Route 10 – Service is increased to every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays. The route will begin/end at the Livermore Transit Center and the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.

• Route 12/X – Route is eliminated (coverage on this route will be provided in large part by the Rapid and Route 14).

• Route 14 – Route is realigned to provide service from central Livermore to the San Francisco Premium Outlets, Stoneridge Creek retirement facility, and Hacienda to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.

• Route 15 – Service will increase to every 30-minutes all day on weekdays. Route is streamlined on Junction Ave.

• Rapid (Route 30) – 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 seven days per week.

• Route 51 – Route is consolidated with a restructured and extended Route 14.

• Route 70X – The two Route 70XV trips are eliminated.

• Route 401 – Route is eliminated.

• Route 402 – Route is eliminated.

• Route 403 – Route is eliminated.

• Route 501 – Route is restructured to address capacity issues for Dublin High School students.

• Route 502 – Route is restructured to address capacity issues for Dublin High School students.

• Route 504 – New route is implemented in East Dublin to connect to Dublin High School.

• Route 505 – New route is implemented in East Dublin to connect to Fallon Middle School.

The following routes continue to be reviewed for potential changes by the LAVTA Board of Directors:

• Route 11
• Route 20X
• Route 580X

It is anticipated that the LAVTA Board will review and consider alternatives for these routes at their June 6th meeting. Full details on the service changes can be viewed at: www.wheelsforward.com

20th Consecutive Financial Excellence Award Received by Wheels

For the 20th 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 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Government Finance Officers Association (GOFA) established the award to encourage government agencies to exceed the minimum requirements in preparing their annual financial report.

“This award demonstrates that LAVTA has shown great responsibility and transparency in its use of federal, state, regional, and local taxpayer resources,” says Don Biddle, Chair of the LAVTA Board of Directors. “Having received it for a 20th year in a row shows commitment to our fiduciary duty.”

For a copy of LAVTA’s financial report, visit the agency’s website at www.wheelsbus.com, under the About Us tab, Reports, CAFR 2015. For more information on GFOA, visit www.gfoa.com.

Wheels Bus System Passes Annual CHP Inspection

For the 13th consecutive year, the California Highway Patrol has inspected the Wheels bus system and found no safety violations. The random inspection included a detailed check of Wheels buses and maintenance records, as well as a review of licensing, training and testing of bus operators.

“This signifies a major achievement in providing Wheels customers the highest and most consistent level of safety. Our contractor and valued partner, MV Transportation, has trained and developed staff over the past 13 years to maintain this high standard,” said Executive Director, Michael Tree.

Members Sought for Wheels Accessible Advisory Committee

Wheels Bus is seeking applications for members and alternates to serve on the Wheels Accessible Advisory Committee (WAAC).  Members on the WAAC represent the cities of Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton, unincorporated Alameda County and Tri-Valley social/human services agencies.

Responsibilities/Duties:

The committee members are expected to provide a forum and advise Wheels staff on accessibility issues facing senior and disabled residents on Wheels fixed route buses and Dial-A-Ride paratransit services.  The committee meets six times per year for approximately 90 minutes.

Qualifications:

Candidates must reside in the cities of Livermore, Dublin or Pleasanton and social services agencies must be located in and represent people who use or could use transit services in Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton.  Candidates must be able to solicit and disseminate information effectively to their constituents, be able to meet during regular business hours (typically 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and be able to analyze complex issues and reports to make recommendations to the LAVTA Board of Directors.  Candidates must currently use Wheels fixed route buses or Dial-A-Ride paratransit services or represent those who do.  Candidates do not have to be disabled or over 65 years old.

Process:

Interested candidates are required to submit an application to LAVTA. LAVTA’s Board of Directors selects and approves the representatives.

WAAC members will receive a free annual Wheels fixed route bus pass.  In addition, ADA paratransit eligible members can ride Dial-A-Ride service to and from WAAC meetings free of charge.

Interested candidates should request an application by calling (925) 455-7555 or download an application WAAC Application. The deadline is April 15, 2016.