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Wheels bus fares to increase

Original post made on Feb 5, 2009

The board of directors for the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority approved fare increases to Wheels bus routes Monday. Executive Manager Paul Matsuoka said ticket prices will rise from $1.75 to $2 and monthly passes will go up from $53 to $60.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 5, 2009, 11:24 AM

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Posted by Grace
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm

When will this fare increase take effect? Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention this fact and could be beefed up a bit - phone # to call for questions, etc.? Will those already holding purchased tickets (students, disabled using paratransit) be able to use their current tickets up at the old rate or will they have to pay the price difference at the box on the buses?


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Posted by Grace
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Editors... any comment or follow-up?


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Posted by Tri Valley Tax Payer
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 6, 2009 at 11:04 am

Suburban public transit systems are a total waste of taxpayer money. Too many of those Wheels busses drive around all day with nobody on them but the driver alone, all the while guzzling fossil fuels like there's no tomorrow, not to mention making a huge carbon footprint. And those big fancy expensive new busses Wheels buys every year I'll bet cost close to a $million dollars each, are able to carry up to 50 or 60 passengers but rarely have more than 1 or 2 people. And I think taxpayers would blow their tops if they knew the fat salaries and overhead of the administration! Let's face it, Bus systems don't work in the suburbs. Why don't we stop wasting tax payer money like this. The Wheels system should be abolished and with the money saved you could buy the handful of riders their own cars and still save millions.


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Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I just spoke with someone in the administration department of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority who said the changes will go into effect March 22.

The contact number for Wheels/LAVTA is (925) 455-7500, or visit www.lavta.org


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Tri Valley Tax Payer,

I wonder by chance when you last rode a Wheel's bus? The number 10 is quite crowded during commute hours.


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Posted by Fred
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Feb 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Tri Valley Tax payer,

I know what u mean. I went to their website to see any info on the cuts, nuttin yet. Fancy homepage for a system losing money.

Keep the route 10 or absorb Wheels into AC transit, a much better runned system.


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Posted by SF Transit Planner
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I worked with LAVTA, route 10 is a solid route, and LAVTA is very well run. AC Transit has exponentially more overhead costs. LAVTA actually probably needs cuts because it was either locked into a fuel deal that turned out to be a bad bargain when the price of oil tumbled, or they are hurt by the states withdrawal of STA transit funding.

Oh and Tri Valley Taxpayer, maybe if you took the bus, they wouldnt have to cut service.


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