YOUR TRI-VALLEY CONNECTION
The mission of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is to provide equal access to a variety of safe, affordable and reliable public transportation choices, increasing the mobility and improving the quality of life of those who live or work in and visit the Tri-Valley area. These include bus connections to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) and Central Contra County Transportation Authority (County Connection).
Operated by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), Wheels plays a vital role in providing transportation and mobility options for everyone, including those who do not drive, either by choice or necessity. Wheels connects people to work, school, medical appointments and to recreational opportunities.
The Authority was established in 1985, under a Joint Powers Agreement to provide public transit in the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and in unincorporated areas of Alameda County. LAVTA is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wheels is operated by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), a joint-powers agency governed by a Board of Directors. Each of LAVTA’s city member jurisdictions appoints two elected officials from its governing body to serve on the Board of Directors and an alternate member. Alameda County appoints one elected official from its governing body to serve on the Board and an alternate member.
The LAVTA Board of Directors meets on the first Monday of each month at 4:00 PM. Board meetings are held at the LAVTA Administrative Facility located at 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100, Livermore, CA 94551.
Meet our Board of Directors for FY 2023
Christy Wegener is the Executive Director of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. Ms. Wegener began her public transportation career as a graduate student intern and assistant planner for the Sacramento Regional Transit District. She then moved to Virginia where she spent eight years working for the Fairfax Connector bus system. At Fairfax she was promoted quickly, assuming greater responsibilities for the contracted operations, customer service, service planning, fleet and facilities for the Connector system. Ms. Wegener returned to California, beginning her first stint at the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority as the Director of Planning and Operations. At LAVTA she led the comprehensive analysis Wheels Forward, which laid the path for a bus network redesign that would result in increased ridership and was instrumental in launching the Go Dublin! on-demand partnership with TNCs. In early 2018, Wegener took an opportunity with the San Mateo County Transit District as the Director of Planning for the SamTrans bus system, where she oversaw the short and long range, sustainability, and operations planning for the district.
Ms. Wegener holds a Master’s in Public Policy from California State University Sacramento, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She was recognized as Mass Transit Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 and is a graduate of the American Public Transportation Association’s Leadership APTA program.
Director of Finance
Tamara Edwards is the Director of Finance for the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. Tamara started at the agency in 2004 as a dispatcher. In addition to Finance, Tamara oversees Administration, Human Resources, Facilities, Risk Management and Procurement. Tamara has an Associate’s degree in Accounting, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Public Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration.
Director of Planning and Marketing
Tony McCaulay is the Director of Planning and Marketing of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. Prior to joining LAVTA in 2017, he worked for 20 years with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, Colorado, including positions in which he oversaw marketing, service planning, sales and customer information functions. Tony has worked in the public transportation industry since 1980, including stops in Terre Haute (IN), Dayton (OH), Alexandria (VA), Fort Lauderdale (FL) and Stockton (CA). He has a Master’s of Business Administration with a Marketing specialization from the University of Dayton and Bachelor’s of Science in Public and Environmental Affairs with a double major in Transportation and Urban Affairs from Indiana University.
Director of Operations and Innovation
Toan Tran is the Director of Operations and Innovation of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority. Toan has over 17 years of experience working in the transit industry. Prior to joining LAVTA in 2020, he served as the Chief Operating Officer with the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton, CA, and the Manager of Transit Program Controls with the Orange County Transportation Authority in Orange, CA. Toan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from California State University of Fullerton.
The Finance and Administration (F&A) Committee is responsible for reviewing all policies and activities associated with the service provided by the Authority to its customers, including budgetary issues, procurement, grant management and human resources.
This committee meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm.
- Kathy Narum (Chair), Councilmember, Pleasanton
- Brittni Kiick (Vice Chair), Councilmember, Livermore
- Melissa Hernandez, Mayor, Dublin
The Projects and Services (P&S) Committee is responsible for advising the Board on fixed-route and paratransit services and marketing programs that are developed by the Marketing and Planning departments.
This committee meets every fourth Monday of the month at 4:00pm.
- Gina Bonanno (Chair), Vice Mayor, Livermore
- Karla Brown (Vice Chair), Mayor, Pleasanton
- Jean Josey, Vice Mayor, Dublin
- David Haubert, Supervisor, Alameda County
The Tri-Valley Accessible Advisory Committee (TAAC) consists of community members who are appointed to represent their respective city and Alameda County on accessibility issues facing senior and disabled residents on Wheels fixed route buses and Dial-A-Ride paratransit services. The TAAC also includes individuals who represents public social service agencies. Current TAAC appointees are:
- Herb Hastings, TAAC Chair (Alameda County)
- Shawn Costello, TAAC Vice Chair (Dublin)
- Diana Houghtaling (Social Service Agency Alternate)
- Judith LaMarre (Livermore)
- Connie Mack (Dublin)
- Amy Mauldin (Social Service Agency)
- Susan O’Neill (Livermore Alternate)
- Carmen Rivera-Hendrickson (Pleasanton)
- Shay Roberson (Social Service Agency)
- Zack Silva (Social Service Agency)
- Donna Singer (Dublin Alternate)
- Kulwant Singh (Alameda County Alternate)
- Sue Tuite (Pleasanton)
- Esther Waltz (PAPCO)
- David Weir (Livermore)
This committee meets on the first Wednesday of every other month at 3:30 pm.
To submit an application to be considered for openings on the TAAC, download the application form here.
The Cooperating Area Transit Systems (CATS) Committee was formed for the purpose of improving coordination among the suburban East Bay operators.
An example of the success of this cooperation was the implementation of the East Bay Value Pass, a multi-agency monthly pass that allows riders to ride all four systems for the price of one pass. With this pass, passengers don’t have to worry about exact change, confusing transfer slips or even a limit on how many times a passenger can ride. With the East Bay Value Pass, passengers have unlimited possibilities. Learn more about the East Bay Value Pass.
In addition to Wheels, CATS includes the following transit systems:
On request, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority will provide written agenda materials in appropriate alternative formats, or disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in public meetings. A written request, including name of the person, mailing address, phone number and brief description of the requested materials and preferred alternative format or auxiliary aid or service should be sent at least seven (7) days before the meeting. Requests should be sent to: