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Public Information Officer
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.