Published February 22, 2011


The Livermore/Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of Wheels, has instituted some changes to the Wheels system. These changes provide new services for Hacienda employees and residents.

Route 8 Modifications
Weekday Route 8 service on Hopyard Road and Owens Drive has increased to every 30 minutes during rush hour.

Route 9 Modifications
A new Route 9 bus stop has been added at the Kaiser Campus providing convenient transit access to Kaiser employees. The new Kaiser stop is the first stop in the morning after leaving BART and the last stop in the afternoons before arriving at BART.

Route 10 Modifications
Route 10 no longer provides service to Dublin Boulevard or Stoneridge Mall when the Rapid is operating.  Route 10 passengers headed westbound to Dublin and Stoneridge Mall will need to transfer to the new Rapid line at the BART Station.  Eastbound travelers in Dublin and Stoneridge Mall will need to board the Rapid and transfer to Route 10 at the BART Station to access Pleasanton. Rapid bus bays are located on the Dublin side of the BART Station. Bus headsigns on the Rapid indicate the direction of travel (R Stoneridge Mall denotes westbound travel and R East Avenue denotes eastbound travel).  During rush hour, some eastbound Route 10 trips will display Route 10V on their headsigns.  Route 10V trips only operate in Pleasanton and do not provide service to Livermore. Through traffic to Livermore should wait for the regular Route 10.  Early morning, late evening, and all weekend service on Route 10 will continue to provide service to Dublin and Stoneridge Mall.  Passengers are advised to closely review the bus schedules.

Route 70 Modifications
Wheels is operating an additional morning trip on the Route 70X on a trial basis to accommodate rider requests. The additional 70X bus will depart the Pleasant Hill BART station at 6:04 am, the Walnut Creek BART station at 6:14 am and arrive at the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station at 6:39 am. This trip will continue as Route 9 into Hacienda at 6:43 am. This additional trip is being provided on a two month trial basis ending April 1, 2011 and average ridership of 10 daily passengers is required to maintain this service. Passengers will be provided a two week warning period prior to April 1st if the service will be discontinued.

New Rapid Service
Wheel's new Rapid buses provide a fast, limited stop service between Stoneridge Mall and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory utilizing a special system that allows the buses to get through intersections faster. The Rapid operates every 10 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes midday on weekdays only. Passengers with destinations in Hacienda can transfer from the Rapid to one of several lines serving the park at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. For additional information on the Rapid, visit www.trivalleyrapid.com or see the bus book.

Recent Service Changes
Beginning Saturday, February 19, 2011, Routes 3/3V, 53 and 54 will experience major route and schedule changes due to the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station opening. Please refer to the new Wheels Transit Guide that provides schedules for after the station opens. A complete list of recent changes can be found on the Wheels web site at: www.wheelsbus.com/schedules/january_service_changes.html. The following changes occurred on Saturday, February 19, 2011:
  • Route 3    Route 3 will directly serve the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and the direction of travel will reverse.  Morning service will operate counter-clockwise and afternoon service will operate clockwise.  Route 3V trips which focus on Wells Middle School in Dublin will discontinue service in Pleasanton.
  • Route 53     Route 53 will provide express service between the Pleasanton ACE Train Station the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Stoneridge Mall. Service is discontinued to the businesses along Johnson Drive. This route will provide no service to Hacienda Business Park.
  • Route 54    Route 54 will provide Hacienda Business Park focused service, circulating in Hacienda before providing service to the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and Dublin Boulevard. BART riders are advised to take Route 53.
Free WHEELS Pass
Hacienda employees and residents are eligible for free Wheels ECO passes. In order to qualify for a pass, you need to be either an employee within Hacienda or a resident within one of the following Hacienda residential communities: Archstone, Avila, Siena or Verona. Bus passes entitle the bearer to free rides on all Wheels lines. Wheels buses connect the Tri-Valley area to locations throughout Hacienda. Wheels buses also meet each incoming ACE and BART train during the peak commute hours to shuttle Hacienda employees to their businesses and residents to the respective stations. The Wheels 70X I-680 express bus provides a direct link for people commuting between Hacienda and the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area. Passes may be ordered at:  www.hacienda.org/services/services_commute_pass.html.

Additional Information
Additional information on Wheels routes, trip planning and schedules is available. Please use the contact information found below for additional details.

Contact Information
Rosemary Booth
1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100, Livermore, California 94551
(925) 455-7558  phone     (925) 443-1375  fax     rbooth@lavta.org  e-mail     www.wheelsbus.com    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone      (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW