Wheels Announces New Executive Director


Media Contact:
Dennis Mochon
Public Information Officer
Office: 925-455-7558
Email: dmochon@lavta.org

LIVERMORE, Calif., October 7, 2014 – The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels bus system in the Tri-Valley announced Monday that Michael Tree will be joining the agency as Executive Director on November 10.

“After an extensive search with many qualified candidates to choose from, the LAVTA Board of Directors has selected Mr. Tree to lead LAVTA in providing the best public transportation services to meet the challenges of our growing communities. He has a solid record of achievements and skills that will keep LAVTA moving forward.” says Chair of the Board, Scott Haggerty.

Tree brings to LAVTA over 20 years of experience in senior positions in the public sector. He is currently General Manager for the Missoula Urban Transportation District in Montana where he has implemented major service and technology improvements leading to ridership increases. Tree held positions as City Manager and General Manager for the City and Transit Authority in Twentynine Palms, California. He also served as General Manager for Porterville, California’s public transportation agency.

Mr. Tree has a Master of Science in Transportation Management from San Jose State University and B.S. in Business Administration from Brigham Young University.

For more information on Wheels, visit www.wheelsbus.com.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is the provider of the Wheels fixed bus routes and paratransit service in the Tri Valley area. Wheels was founded in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve the community’s transit needs and interests. Wheels mission is to provide equal access to a variety of safe, customer oriented, reliable, and affordable public transportation choices, increasing the mobility and improving the quality of life of those who live, work in or visit the Tri Valley.

Wheels supports environmental sustainability by eliminating thousands of car trips off local roads, easing traffic congestion and helping to keep the air clean in Tri-Valley. We are able to continually provide services through the support of federal, state and local funding, including Alameda County’s Measure B. Wheels serves nearly 2 million customers a year with our Wheels fixed bus routes and our paratransit services.

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Putting Your Measure B Tax Dollars to Work

LIVERMORE, Calif., April 22, 2014 – The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is the operator of Wheels Fixed Route and Paratransit bus service in the Tri-Valley. Wheels was founded in 1985 under a Joint Powers Agreement to provide public transit in the Cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County. Through the support of Federal, State, Regional and Local funding, including Alameda County’s Measure B, Wheels is able to continually provide services to its community.

“Wheels serves nearly 2 million passengers annually who live, work and visit the Tri-Valley”, says Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne, Chair of the LAVTA Board of Directors. “Because of funding sources like Measure B, which are used to support public transportation service, Wheels continues to provide affordable and reliable public transportation, eliminating thousands of cars off local roads and easing traffic.”

The two services that Wheels offers to the public are the fixed-route bus service and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service that provides door-to-door service to eligible disabled riders in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Alameda County.

Measure B Funding
Wheels service is partially funded by Measure B Funds, an Alameda County half cent transportation sales tax that was approved by voters in the year 2000. Although Measure B accounts for just half a cent of sales tax per dollar spent, it funds public buses and other essential transportation services that help keep Alameda County economically competitive and viable, and serve millions of Alameda County residents. Wheels currently operates three types of service that benefit from Measure B Funds: Express Bus Service; Fixed Route Local Service; and Paratransit Service.

Express Bus Service
Wheels operates four express bus routes with Measure B funds: The Tri-Valley Rapid, Route 70x/xv from Pleasanton to the Walnut Creek BART Station, Route 20x from the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station to Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) and Sandia Lab, and Route 12v from the Livermore Transit Center to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station. Express buses travel more quickly between far-reaching destinations, as they have limited stops. In addition, these buses are equipped with improved technologies that assist passengers in more accurately planning their bus trip, including real time arrival and departure information at selected stops.

Fixed Route Local Service
Wheels Local Fixed Route buses operate within the cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton, and travel primarily along arterials and local roads. Bus stops are placed closer to one another on Local Service, and buses take less direct routing in order to serve more destinations. Many of Wheels Local Routes provide service to businesses, residential communities, schools and retail areas in the Tri-Valley, in addition to the East and West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Stations and the Livermore Transit Center.

Paratransit Service
Paratransit Service, also referred to as Dial-A-Ride, compliments Fixed Route Local Service by providing door to door service to eligible patrons, who are not able to ride Fixed Route buses due to a physical, mental or other condition. Eligible patrons must apply and be accepted to qualify for Paratransit Service. Paratransit Service operates within the same service area as Wheels Fixed Route Local Service, and transfers are available to adjacent programs. Because Paratransit passengers receive door to door service, patrons are able to maintain their mobility, without dependence upon families and caretakers to transport them. Although all Wheels buses have wheelchair lifts/ramps and are accessible to individuals with physical limitations, Paratransit Service provides added assistance to passengers, with greater flexibility in destinations.
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 us at www.wheelsbus.com or call 925-455-7500.