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 2024
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. 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 Operations
Mike Tobin is the Director of Operations. Mike began his career in transit as an intern for Access Services, an agency that provides ADA paratransit service for transit agencies within Los Angeles County. Upon graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree, Mike worked in Operations at Foothill Transit, then subsequently at the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus as Senior Transit Operations Analyst. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Transportation Officer for the City of Culver City, located in West Los Angeles. In this role, Mike oversaw all fixed route and paratransit operations, technology infrastructure, and the agency’s initiative to transition to a zero-emission fleet. Mike holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Administration, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Director of Customer Experience
David Mark is Director of Customer Experience. Dave’s diverse background reflects marketing and business development leadership across an array of industries including retail, transportation, and hospitality. He focuses on driving ridership and customer satisfaction through traditional and digital sales and marketing, and community engagement. His transportation background spans private and government busing, commercial airlines, and light rail. Most recently he served as VP Marketing for a large jewelry manufacturer and retailer, and worked in customer experience on the bus/rail integration for the launch of Skyline light rail service in Honolulu. David graduated with a double Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations from Hawaii Pacific University.
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.
- Julie Testa (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.
- David Haubert (Chair), Supervisor, Alameda County
- Karla Brown (Vice Chair), Mayor, Pleasanton
- Evan Branning, Councilmember, Livermore
- Jean Josey, Vice Mayor, Dublin
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:
- Zack Silva, TAAC Chair (Social Service Agency)
- Donna Singer, TAAC Vice Chair (Dublin Alternate)
- Herb Hastings (Alameda County)
- Shawn Costello (Dublin Alternate)
- Judith LaMarre (Livermore)
- Connie Mack (Dublin)
- Amy Mauldin (Social Service Agency)
- Susan O’Neill (Livermore Alternate)
- Carmen Rivera-Hendrickson (Pleasanton Alternate)
- Kulwant Singh (Alameda County Alternate)
- Sue Tuite (Pleasanton)
- Esther Waltz (PAPCO)
- David Weir (Livermore)
- Jennifer White (Pleasanton)
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.
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: