LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

LIVERMORE, Calif.– The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board of Directors unanimously approved the agencies proposed Wheels in Motion network expansion and service enhancements at the January board meeting. The preferred bus network was selected after careful analysis of community and rider survey results and stakeholder feedback collected through Fall 2023.

The new network provides more community coverage and improves weekend service. For commuters, the most significant change will be adjustment of Wheels Rapid bus frequencies to align with the new 20-minute BART train schedules. In addition, some local neighborhood routes will be restored after pandemic suspension, addressing areas in Dublin and Livermore that currently lack service.

“We are thrilled to introduce our new bus network, significantly expanding the reach of Wheels services”, said LAVTA Board Chair Melissa Hernandez. “By listening to rider feedback and coordinating with our Bay Area transit partners, we continually evolve to meet community’s needs and improve public transit in the Tri-Valley.”

Implementation of the new bus network is estimated to take place in late March 2024. New route maps and timetables will be available at wheelsbus.com two weeks prior to start of the new services. Riders are encouraged to use Transit App, available free on Android and iPhone, to review a network preview in March.

Weekday Service Enhancements:

  • Rapid Routes 10R and 30R run every 20 minutes aligned with BART service schedules
  • Rapid Route 10R operates service for one additional hour (until midnight)
  • Routes 1, 3, 8 and 14 adjust to run every 40 minutes
  • Route 2 resumes hourly service in East Dublin
  • Route 11 resumes limited peak service to East Livermore
  • Route 15 increases frequency to every 20 minutes during peak hours and hourly during the midday
  • New local services in Central Dublin and Southwest Livermore run every 40 minutes during extended peak hours
  • Route 580X resumes limited service between Downtown Livermore and BART
  • Route 70X extends through the Hacienda Business Park

Weekend Service Enhancements:

  • Rapid Route 10R runs every 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 40 minutes on Sundays, aligned with BART service schedules
  • Route 30R runs every 40 minutes on Saturdays and continues to run hourly on Sundays, aligned with BART service schedules
  • New local service to Central Dublin runs every 40 minutes daytime on Saturdays

For more information on Wheels and its services, visit www.wheelsbus.com or contact customer service at 925-455-7500. Keep up to date with company news, schedule changes and rider alerts by following us on Facebook, Instagram and X @wheelsbus

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

LIVERMORE, Calif.– Effective December 11, 2023 Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will implement additional afternoon Wheels bus service for Dublin High School. A new 501A run will run later and add student capacity.

501A services East Dublin, traveling along Tassajara and Fallon, terminating at Positano and Valentano. This new 501A will depart later, 30 to 60 minutes after the first run. The change creates seating for additional weekday student capacity to accommodate the high ridership on the 501 routes.

New timetables are available on the LAVTA website at wheelsbus.com. Additional information is available by calling our Customer Service Center at (925) 455-7500.

For more information on Wheels and its services, visit www.wheelsbus.com or contact customer service at 925-455-7500. Keep up to date with company news, schedule changes and rider alerts by following us on Facebook, Instagram and X @wheelsbus

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

At the November meeting of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board of Directors, planners presented survey results from the Wheels in Motion public outreach campaign, as well as the staff recommendation for a preferred bus network. The preferred bus network was selected after careful analysis of survey results and stakeholder feedback collected throughout the month of September during the Wheels in Motion campaign.

The Board of Directors, having been presented with a recommendation for a preferred bus network, will hold a Public Hearing on December 4, 2023 at 4 P.M. to obtain input regarding proposed service changes that would adjust Wheels bus frequencies to align with new BART train schedules and would restore or introduce routes to several areas that currently lack service, as follows:

Weekday service:

  • Frequency adjustments:
    • Increase service on Route 15 to run every 20 minutes during rush hours (peak), and hourly during the midday
    • Slightly decrease peak service on Routes 1, 3, 8 and 14 to run every 40 minutes, and on Routes 10R and 30R to run every 20 minutes
  • Operate Route 10R service for one additional hour (until midnight)
  • Introduce local service in Central Dublin, and Southwest Livermore every 40 minutes during extended peak hours
  • Resume hourly serv ice on Route 2 in East Dublin
  • Resume limited peak service to East Livermore on Route 11
  • Resume limited peak express service on Route 580X between Downtown Livermore and BART
  • Extend Route 70X to the Hacienda Business Park

Weekend service:

  • Increase service on Route 10R to run every 20 minutes on Saturdays and every 40 minutes on Sundays
  • Increase service on Route 30R to run every 40 minutes on Saturdays; continue to run hourly on Sundays
  • Add new Central Dublin local service, operating every 40 minutes during the daytime on Saturdays

The LAVTA Board of Directors invites public comment on the potential changes at the public hearing in person, via a Zoom web link and/or by phone.

Public Hearing

Monday, December 4, 2023, at 4 P.M.
(or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard)


Zoom Info: https://zoom.us/j/86244532120
Webinar/Meeting ID: 862 4453 2120
Passcode: PH1362in the Zoom app for audio/visual capability
Access via Telephone: (669) 900-6833 (Phone Passcode: 554060) enter webinar ID and press # when prompted for participant ID) for audio only.

Prior to the hearing, comments may be sent by mail, e‐mail, or phone:

Board Secretary
Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100
Livermore, CA 94551
frontdesk@lavta.org; 925-455-7555

For translation or interpretation assistance, call LAVTA at 925-455-7555 at least three days before the meeting.

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For more information on Wheels and its services, visit www.wheelsbus.com or contact customer service at 925-455-7500. Keep up to date with company news, schedule changes and rider alerts by following us on Facebook, Instagram and X @wheelsbus

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

LIVERMORE, Calif.– Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority celebrated employee skill and spirit as it hosted the return of the Wheels Roadeo. This year’s “HalloWheels” Roadeo rolled out on Saturday, October 28th.

The Roadeo is an annual, international transit event that invites bus operators, maintenance teams, and other transit professionals to partake in driving skills competitions testing speed, skill, and accuracy. In addition to the contests, LAVTA and MV Transportation employees and families enjoyed games, a picnic lunch provided by Teamsters Local 70, a haunted bus, and face painting festivities.

LAVTA congratulates 2023 HalloWheels Roadeo winner Evelyn Perea who scored the highest overall in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) eligible category, winning $500 and a trip to the APTA 2024 International Bus Roadeo in Portland, Oregon! Community leaders participated in the Board of Directors competition where Dublin City Councilmember Jean Josey of Dublin came away with the top prize.

Christy Wegener, LAVTA’s Executive Director stated “This year’s roadeo had a fantastic turnout and while the competition was fierce, participants are Wheels family first and showed tremendous support for each other throughout the challenges. We are so proud to work with this team and can’t wait to watch our winner at APTA International roadeo!”

LAVTA thanks its events sponsors, Teamsters Local 70, and MV Transportation, and Gillig LLC for their donations and assistance.

For more information on Wheels and its services, visit www.wheelsbus.com or contact customer service at 925-455-7500. Keep up to date with company news, schedule changes and rider alerts by following us on Facebook, Instagram and X @wheelsbus.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA Media Library: 2023 HalloWheels Roadeo Media –  https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/hbliv5b313xqp7i4xp4sb/h?rlkey=ogna0mkqz5646mv5atyapg21r&dl=0

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) continues its tradition of quality transportation services in Tri-Valley communities as reported by riders in its 2023 Passenger Satisfaction survey. Wheels riders scored the agency a   4.5 / 5 rating average for quality of service including safe, clean, and reliable operations.

“Wheels continues to uphold the high standards of the communities it serves”, said Melissa Hernandez, LAVTA Board Chair and Mayor of Dublin. “Riders let us know they consider Wheels a reliable, friendly and safe option to get them to school, work, and healthcare throughout the Tri-Valley.”

The Passenger Satisfaction survey is an annual initiative to gain insight from riders. The survey addresses quality-of-service aspects that respondents are asked to grade on a scale of 1 – 5 such as schedule adherence, cleanliness of buses, and driver courtesy. It was conducted in person on buses during the months of May and June 2023 and provided in English and Spanish. Wheels staff engaged with customers while riding Rapid and local routes to achieve diversity of response from a broad demographic sample. 87% of respondents reside within the service area.

LAVTA analyses the data to identify trends and guide future objectives and strategies to improve the customer experience. Notable results from this years’ survey were increased satisfaction with on-time performance, driver friendliness, and clean and well-maintained buses. The 2023 survey is the first to be completed “post-pandemic” (last performed 2019) and indicates a high level of rider confidence as they return to transit.

For more information on Wheels and its services, visit www.wheelsbus.com or contact customer service at 925-455-7500. Keep up to date with company news, schedule changes and rider alerts by following us on Facebook, Instagram and X @wheelsbus.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

LIVERMORE, Calif. September 7, 2023 – Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) has launched the “Wheels in Motion” outreach campaign running through the month of September. Wheels in Motion is a community survey created to gain insight and opinions from the public and bus riders regarding potential Wheels bus route and schedule changes to take effect in early 2024.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) will be changing its frequency on the Dublin train line from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes beginning mid-September. Due to this, the bus-train transfers at the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station will have less strategic alignment. Currently, Wheels bus schedules have frequencies of 15 or 30 minutes which will not coordinate with the new 20-minute service that BART will implement.

To respond to the change in the BART service, and to ensure Wheels routes are providing the right level of coverage and frequency, LAVTA developed three bus network scenarios for public review. The first scenario would formalize the current Wheels route service levels, including formal discontinuation of still-suspended routes due to the pandemic. The second would increase frequencies in crucial travel corridors and reduce or eliminate service on secondary routes. The third would reduce the 15-minute service corridors to 20 minutes but restore service in several areas that are currently unserved by buses.

Wheels in Motion will be marketed throughout the Tri-Valley community. This campaign encourages riders and community members to voice their opinion on a preferred bus network via a multi-lingual online survey. Please check wheelsbus.com/wheels-in-motion for more information or to take the survey. The survey will be open until September 30.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state, and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure BB.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

Wheels will operate a Weekend schedule for Labor Day on Monday, September 4.   

Passengers who are planning to take Wheels on Monday should consult the weekend timetables. Many routes only operate on weekdays so there will be reduced service levels for the Labor Day holiday.

To help with trip planning, passengers can call Wheels Customer Service at (925) 455-7500 or visit wheelsbus.com.

The administrative offices of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, operator of the Wheels bus system, will be closed on Labor Day. 

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state, and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure BB.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

Wheels Implements Schedule Changes in August to Prepare for the School Year

LIVERMORE, Calif. August 7, 2023 – Beginning August 10th, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will implement changes on several Wheels bus routes to prepare for the start of the school year. These changes will affect several school-focused routes in Dublin and Pleasanton and one local route in Livermore.

In Dublin, the schedules for Routes 501, 502, 503, and 504, and in Pleasanton, Routes 602 and 604 are being adjusted to better connect with middle and high schools. Route 502 is being rerouted off Wildwood Road for improved connectivity to Dublin High School. In Livermore, two Route 15 afternoon trips will have schedule adjustments to better connect to Christensen Middle School.

Route and schedule information is available on the LAVTA website at wheelsbus.com or by calling our Customer Service Center at (925) 455-7500.

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, and Alameda County to serve area transit needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, respectively. In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.

LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state, and local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure BB.

Follow LAVTA on Facebook at facebook.com/wheelsbus and on Twitter @wheelsbus or visit our website wheelsbus.com for more information on Wheels and Rapid bus services, our Dial-A-Ride paratransit service as well as our Go Tri-Valley promotion with Uber and Lyft.

LAVTA on freeway with other traffic

Livermore, CA – With the school year starting soon, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) annual Try Transit to School promotion will be starting back up. Try Transit to School allows Tri-Valley middle and high school students to ride for free on all Wheels bus routes.

This unique program offers unlimited free rides for middle and high school students on all regularly scheduled Wheels and Rapid bus routes from August 7 through September 4, including weekends. The purpose of this program is to provide an introduction of LAVTA’s bus services to students so they can experience how easy it is to ride Wheels to and from school. In addition, the program allows parents a safe, convenient, and environmentally friendly alternative for school transportation. The free rides are not limited routes that serve schools; Students can also use this opportunity to ride transit to hang out with friends, go to work, shopping, and other fun activities.

To take advantage of this promotion, students simply board any Wheels or Rapid bus and ride. No ticket or pass is required. Route and schedule information is available on the LAVTA website at wheelsbus.com or by calling our Customer Service Center at (925) 455-7500.


About the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority


The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was created in 1985 by the
cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and Alameda County to serve area transit
needs. In 2018 and 2019, LAVTA was named Transit Agency of the Year by the
California Transit Association and the California Association for Coordinated
Transportation, respectively.

In 2020, LAVTA was named the top transit agency of its
size in North America by the American Public Transportation Association.
LAVTA supports environmental sustainability by reducing vehicle trips and traffic
congestion on local streets and improving air quality in the Tri-Valley region. In
addition to passenger fares, the agency is supported financially by federal, state and
local agencies, including the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Measure
BB.


Follow LAVTA on Facebook at facebook.com/wheelsbus and on Twitter @wheelsbus
or visit our website wheelsbus.com for more information on Wheels and Rapid bus
services, our Dial-A-Ride paratransit service as well as our Go Tri-Valley promotion
with Uber and Lyft.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Board of Directors has announced the selection of Christy Wegener to serve as the agency’s new Executive Director. Wegener previously worked at LAVTA from 2014 through 2018 as the Director of Planning and Operations. For the last four years, she has been the Director of Planning for the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), responsible for strategic and operations planning for the district. In response to the Board’s selection, Wegener said, “The Wheels bus system is near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled for the opportunity to return. I am excited to work with my former LAVTA colleagues and to improve mobility options throughout the Tri-Valley.”

Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert, who serves as Chair of the LAVTA Board, said “We are very pleased that Christy was interested in returning to LAVTA. During her previous tenure here, she helped lay the groundwork for many of the innovative projects that have been implemented over the past few years, including the introduction of Shared Autonomous Vehicle technology, the Go Tri-Valley partnership with Uber and Lyft, and a fixed route system redesign that led to increased ridership. These efforts played a large role in LAVTA being named the top transit agency in North America in 2020.”

Wegener has spent nearly 20 years in the transit industry, having previously worked for the Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Fairfax County (VA) Department of Transportation. During her career, she has been recognized as one of Mass Transit Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 and is a graduate of the American Public Transportation Association’s Leadership APTA program. She 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.