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