WHEELS (California)

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Founded 1986
Headquarters 1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100, Livermore, California
Service type Bus service Paratransit
Routes 9 local routes 15 select school trippers
Stops ~500
Fleet 74 buses
Operator MV Transportation

WHEELS is a bus service that provides public transportation in the Tri-Valley Region (southeast Alameda County) of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the United States. Started in 1986, Wheels offers service to various communities in three cities, and connects to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) trains for connections to and from the greater Bay Area (Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose) and Central Valley (Stockton, Modesto, Tracy).

Wheels is operated by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), and it has carried nearly 2 million passengers annually.[1]

Areas served[edit]

WHEELS operates in Alameda County, with limited service in Contra Costa County.

Alameda County:

Contra Costa County:

Fixed-route service[edit]

As of January 2017, Wheels operates nine (9) local routes, three (3) express routes and fifteen (15) select school trippers and three (3) shuttle routes.[2][3] Descriptions for all routes are described below.

Local Routes[edit]

Note that routes with an X are express routes. And routes with an R are Rapid routes

Route Days of Operation Direction North/East Terminal South/West Terminal Cities, Communities, and Attractions Served Notes Schedule Information
1

Santa Rita County Jail

Everyday Loop Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station East Dublin, Emerald Point, East County Hall of Justice, Santa Rita County Jail Operates every 30 mins. during peak periods. And every 60 mins. midday, evenings and weekends [1]
2
Dublin Ranch
Monday-Friday East-West, then loop Dublin Ranch Village,Fallon Middle School, Positano & Valentano Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station East Dublin, Emerald Point, Emerald Glen Park, Dublin Ranch Village Operates hourly [2]
3
Stoneridge
Everyday Loop Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Stoneridge Mall Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, Stoneridge Dr., Stoneridge Mall Operates every 30 mins. during the day on weekdays, 40 mins. on weekends. And 60 mins. at night [3]
8

Hopyard

Everyday Bi-directional Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Bernal & Palomino Hopyard, South Pleasanton, Downtown Pleasanton, Pleasanton Senior Center Operates every 30 mins. during peak periods and 60 mins. midday and weekends [4]
10R

(RAPID)
Dublin-Livermore

Everyday East-

West

Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, Walmart, Stanford Health Care-Valley Care Medical Center, Downtown Pleasanton, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation area, Downtown Livermore, Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Operates every 15 mins. on weekdays during peak and midday hours. And every 30-60 mins. on weekends [5]
11

Greenville

Monday-Friday Bi-directional Vasco ACE Station Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Livermore Transit Center (ACE), Las Positas, Livermore industrial area, Vasco ACE Station Operates commute hours only [6]
14

Pleasanton-Livermore

Everyday East-

West

Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Livermore Transit Center (ACE), Livermore Civic Center, Downtown Livermore, Jack London Blvd., San Francisco Premium Outlets, Stoneridge Dr., Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station [7]
15

Springtown

Everyday East-West, then loop Livermore
(Scenic & Vasco)
Livermore Transit Center Junction Avenue Middle School, Walmart, Kaiser-Livermore, Target, Springtown Golf Course, Christensen Middle School Operates every 30 mins., until 7:30pm. Every 60 mins. after [8]
30R

(RAPID)

Dublin-Livermore

Everyday East-

West

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory W. Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, East Ave., Downtown Livermore, Livermore transit Center (ACE), Portola Ave., Las Positas Community College, North Canyons Pkwy, Costco, Dublin Blvd., Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, Dublin Civic Center, W. Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station [9]
  • Wheels also operated an All-Nighter route, Route 810, that ran between Downtown Livermore to Bay Fair BART Station in San Leandro, serving areas currently provided by the all-day Route 10. However, due to budget cuts and low ridership, this route was eliminated on June 27, 2009.[4]

Tri-Valley Rapid[edit]

On January 24, 2011, Wheels launched its first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service called the "Tri-Valley Rapid",dubbed route "R" for short. Billed as "the next generation transit system", the Tri-Valley Rapid makes travel in the Tri-Valley area (Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore) cleaner, easier, and faster. Route R was a route that ran parallel to its parent route-route 10 from Stoneridge Mall to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. As of August 2016, Wheels rolled out a second Rapid route numbered "30R" along with new and modified routes throughout the system. Route 10 was then modified and renumbered as route "10R". Wheels Rapid service incorporates similar features already used by local Bay Area transit agencies, like AC Transit and Golden Gate Transit, including:

  • Buses operating every 15 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m on weekdays. And 15 minutes all other times to provide maximum convenience for passengers
  • Stops are mainly concentrated at major intersections and attractions along the route
  • All-day service (operates from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays)
  • New technology using bus only lanes with signal priority also known as "Queue Jump Signals" at certain intersections
  • New low floor, ultra low emission hybrid buses with distinct styling and free on board Wi-Fi
  • Enhanced bus shelters with electronic bus arrival signs (similar to the NextBus deployed on AC Transit and San Francisco MUNI)

Schedule and stops served by the Tri-Valley Rapid

Express Routes[edit]

All express routes operate weekday peak periods only (between 5:00 and 9:00am and 3:30 and 8:00pm). Limited holiday service is provided on two routes on the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve (unless weekday service announced)
  • New Year's Eve (unless weekday service announced)
Route Number Direction Terminals Cities, Communities, and Attractions Served Express Area Direction of Travel Notes Schedule Information
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal Morning commute Afternoon commute
20X

Vasco

East-West Livermore Transit Center Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Hacienda Business Park (Oracle), Vasco ACE Station, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, LLNL/Sandia Transit Hub, Mines Rd, First Street Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vasco ACE Station, N Mines Road, Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Towards Livermore Towards BART Route operates special holiday service on select holidays Route 20X Schedule

[10]

70X

Pleasant Hill

North-South Pleasant Hill BART Station Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Dublin/Pleasanton BART, Walnut Creek BART, Pleasant Hill BART Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, Dublin Blvd., Dublin Civic Center, I-680, Walnut Creek BART Station and Pleasant Hill BART Station Operates in both directions Route operates Monday-Friday during commute hours only Route 70X Schedule


[11]

580X

580

Express

East-

West

Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Dublin/Pleasanton

BART Station

Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, I-580, North Livermore Ave., Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, I-580, Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Towards BART Towards Livermore Transit Center (ACE) Route operates Monday-Friday during commute hours only Route 580X

Schedule

[12]

Shuttle Routes[edit]

Wheels shuttle routes are numbered between 50 and 59, and usually operate on certain days and at certain times only. These routes serve destinations close to BART, local events, office and industrial parks, and ACE stations.

Route Number Days of Operation Direction Terminals Cities, Communities, and Attractions Served Notes Schedule Information
North/East Terminal South/West Terminal
52 S North-South Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Pleasanton ACE Station Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, Alameda County Fairgrounds Operates only when the Alameda County Fair is in season
53 Weekday

peak periods only

North-South Stoneridge Mall Pleasanton ACE West Dublin/Pleasanton BART, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Stoneridge Mall, Kaiser-Pleasanton Operates via I-680 (both ways) and Stoneridge & McWilliams (NB only); bus schedules coordinated with ACE trains
54 Weekday peak periods only North-South Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station Pleasanton ACE Station Alameda County Fairgrounds, Bernal Business Park, Hopyard Rd, Hacienda Business Park (Hart Middle School, Willow Rd, CarrAmerica, Walmart, Oracle, Alameda Municipal Court, Rose Pavilion), Koll Center, Hacienda Crossings Operates around the Hacienda Business Park and Bernal Business Park northbound AM and southbound PM; bus schedules coordinated with ACE trains

Select School Day Services[edit]

Wheels operates fifteen (15) dedicated Select School routes (also known as School Trippers) that bring students to and from schools in the cities of Dublin and Pleasanton. These routes only operate when schools are in session.

Regular Routes that Provide Select School Day Services: These routes provide additional trips to serve nearby schools along their main routes.

  • 2 (East Dublin) Fallon Middle School
  • 14 (Pleasanton-Livermore) Livermore High School, Hart Middle School
  • 10R (Dublin-Livermore) Amador Valley High School
  • 30R (Dublin-Livermore) Livermore High School, East Ave. Middle School

Select School Day-only Services: These trips are identified as routes numbered:

  • Dublin schools: 500 series routes
  • Pleasanton schools: 600 series routes

These operate during school days only, with most morning trips leaving later on Wednesdays

Route Number Direction School/s Served Communities and Attractions Served Schedule Information
501 East-West Dublin High School
502 East-West Dublin High School
503 East-West Dublin High School/

Wells Middle School

504 East-West Dublin High School
Route Number Direction School/s Served Communities and Attractions Served Schedule Information
601 East-West Pleasanton Middle School Ruby Hill, Bernal Avenue Route 601 Schedule
602 North-South Foothill High School Downtown Pleasanton, Del Prado Park, Parkside, Valley Trails Park Route 602 Schedule
603 East-West Hart Middle School Stoneridge, Muirwood Park Route 603 Schedule
604 East-West Foothill High School Fairlands, Hacienda Business Park, Stoneridge, Muirwood Park Route 604 Schedule
605 North-South, with Loop Amador Valley High School Fairlands, Amaral Park, Kamp Road Route 605 Schedule
606 East-West, with Loops Pleasanton Middle School Vintage Hills, Tawny Park, Kottinger Drive Route 606 Schedule
607 North-South Hart Middle School Laguna Oaks Route 607 Schedule
608 North-South Harvest Park Middle School Mission Plaza, Amador Center, Nielsen Park, Amaral Park Route 608 Schedule
609 North-South Hart Middle School Del Prado Park, Parkside Drive, Valley Trails Route 609 Schedule
610 East-West Hart Middle School Fairlands, Valley Care Medical Center Route 610 Schedule
611 North-South Amador Valley High School Ruby Hill, Vintage Hills, Tawny Park Route 611 Schedule

Transfer hubs[edit]

The major transfer points for Wheels routes include:[5]

  • W. Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station routes: 3, 30R, 53, 503.
  • Livermore Transit Center in Downtown Livermore routes: 10R, 11, 14, 15, 20X, 580X.
    • Also the main transfer point for ACE commuter trains and Amtrak Motorway.

Ticketing[edit]

Fares[edit]

Fares are effective 22 March 2009 [6]

Type Adult (18-64)/Student (6-17) Senior (65+)/Disabled
Local US$2.00 US$1.00
Paratransit Service (Dial-A-Ride) US$3.50 US$3.50
  • Children under 6 ride free and must be with an adult
  • Appropriate identification must be presented to obtain the discounted Senior/Disabled fare.
  • In order to facilitate passenger connections between Wheels and County Connection buses, transfer slips are issued upon request at the time the proper fare is paid. Transfer are valid for two hours.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers are given out to passengers only at time of boarding, and these are honored only on the day issued and are valid on any Wheels fixed route bus within two (2) hours after boarding.

  • Local Wheels route to another Wheels route: Free with transfer
  • County Connection: Free with transfer
  • ACE: Free with a valid and visible ACE train ticket
  • BART to Bus: $1 discount with a white BART to Bus ticket upon exiting the BART Station (you can't use a regular BART ticket)
  • Bus to BART: $2.00 (you can't use a regular BART ticket)

Passes[edit]

Wheels offers for sale several bus passes or punch cards which provide a discount over cash fare:

Connecting transit agencies[edit]

  • ACE, at the Pleasanton, Livermore, and Vasco stations
  • Amtrak California, at the Livermore Transit Center and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station
  • BART, at the Dublin/Pleasanton and West Dublin/Pleasanton stations in Alameda County, and at the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations in Contra Costa County
  • County Connection at the Dublin/Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill BART stations, Pleasanton ACE station and at shared bus stops along Dublin Blvd.
  • MAX Modesto BART Express, at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station
  • San Joaquin RTD Route 150 to Stockton at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station
  • Stanislaus Regional Transit (STaRT) to Patterson from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station

The local transportation demand management organization 511 Contra Costa also provides information for intermodal transfers throughout the county and works closely with Wheels to improve regional transit options.

All-Time roster[edit]

Fleet
Numbers
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
0701-0702 2007 Gillig Low Floor BRT HEV 29'
(G30E102R2)
Cummins ISB Allison H 40 Hybrid System Purchased via San Joaquin RTD Purchasing Consortium.
0901-0902 2009 Gillig Low Floor BRT HEV 29'
(G30E102R2)
Cummins ISB Allison H 40 Hybrid system These coaches are used for the Wheels Rapid routes and are equipped with free

Wi-Fi.

0903-0914 2009 Gillig Low Floor BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison H 40 Hybrid system These coaches are used for the Wheels Rapid routes and are equipped with free

Wi-Fi.

1101-1104 2011 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102R2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 Hybrid system Coaches 1103 and 1104 are used on the Wheels Rapid routes and are equipped with free Wi-Fi.
1601- 1610 2016 Gillig Low Floor BRT HEV 35'

(G30B102N4)

Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive Coaches 1601-1607 are for the Rapid service. These buses are branded with the Wheels Rapid paint scheme and are equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB/Cell phone charging outlets.
1611-1620 2016 Gillig LowFloor BRT HEV 40'

(G30D102N4

Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive Coach 1611 is for the 54 Hacienda Business Park route and stands out due to its distinct branding of the American flag in honor of the "Built Locally" slogan for supporting local, American jobs and workers. Coaches 1617-1620 are premium commuter styled buses equipped with free Wi-Fi, high-back reclining seats and USB/cell phone charging outlets.
1701-1710 2017 Gillig Low Floor BRT HEV 40' Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive Coaches 1701 and 1702 are painted in the original Wheels red, white and blue paint scheme. Coach 1711 is a premium, commuter styled bus equipped with free Wi-Fi,

high-back reclining seats, and USB/cell phone charging outlets.

1712-1720 2017 Gillig Low Floor BRT HEV 29' Cummins ISB6.7 Allison T

References[edit]

  1. ^ WHEELS - About LAVTA, retrieved May 24, 2007
  2. ^ WHEELS - Routes, Timetables and Maps
  3. ^ Wheels Transit Guide (2010 Routes and Schedules), effective January 22, 2011
  4. ^ Transit.511.org
  5. ^ WHEELS - Transit Centers
  6. ^ WHEELS - Fare and Monthly Pass Information

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