is the website, they are replacing WHEELS route 10 with new buses that will save you approximately 11 minutes each way if you ride the bus. With a $2 fare, the revenue of the bus is projected at approx $2.5 mil a year.
that is, if you believe the new bus will increase ridership by almost 100% (LAVTA's projection), and if each one of those people pays $2. otherwise those revenues could be significantly less.
With $13 mil needed to get rolling and $1.4 mil a year to keep it moving, it will cost $20 mil for the first 5 years.
So when you see that new bus going by, just keep in mind that for each rider you see on the bus who paid $2, the taxpayers kicked in at least another $2 or more.
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Siena neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2010 at 10:52 am
I have several friends throughout the Bay Area who are transit bus drivers (as well as a few in the Los Angeles area). We belong to a "bus fans" group. (I know, I know.....). Anyway, I have been told that this new service, called "Tri-Valley Rapid" is lame. This is because a true "Rapid" service IS RAPID. But if you drive around Stoneridge Mall, and if you drive up Dublin Blvd like I did yesterday (between Dougherty and Foothill), you will see CONSTANT stops for the new "rapid" service. Having all of these stops totally negates the idea of a rapid transit bus. A rapid should be a rapid---period! I don't understand what they are doing! By the way, all residents and employees who live in Hacienda Business Park (including me), receive a free "Eco Pass" that is good on all Wheels buses. I wrote an email to Wheels to ask them if my Eco Pass will be good on the new rapid service, and they said "yes". So there will NOT be all of the paying customers that McNerney is promoting (the idiot). I will say one positive thing though----I've seen the new buses, and they are VERY nice looking! They look nothing at all like the Wheels buses, so it will be simple to tell them apart.
Posted by at507, a resident of the Avila neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm
I took a look at the Tri-Valley Rapid bus map, and it does not seem to follow the current route 10 going around Hacienda Business Park. IN fact, the rapid map seems to only go to Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton while the rest of the route is on Dublin side. If this replaces route 10, then people currently being served around HBP will now have to drive!
Posted by Why the big buses?, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm
I don't understand why the system uses these large buses when there are normally 5-10 people on them (when I see them going by). Aren't there are efficient vehicles to provide public transportation that conforms to the number of riders.
I hear that in the past, buses didn't go between the cities really well. Hopefully this will help those that need to travel around the TriValley.