Rapid transit buses expected to reduce travel time, I-580 congestion

A revamped Route 10, set to be operational in early 2011, will transport passengers from Stoneridge Shopping Center out to the Livermore labs

A new rapid bus transit system will travel from Pleasanton to Livermore and is expected to shave several minutes off of riders' commute times.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority held a ceremony Monday at the Livermore Transit Center, marking the start of work on the system that is planned to run from Stoneridge Shopping Center, up and east through Dublin and ending at the Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.

It will be a revision of the current Route 10 that officials say will cut the drive time by 20 percent. It will feature a fleet of 14 clean technology buses that will stop at stations every 10 minutes during peak times. It's estimated to double ridership by offering such perks as fewer stops (27 instead of 70), new energy-efficient buses with low-flooring designed to better accommodate seniors and the disabled, and bus shelters equipped with digital arrival signs and bike racks.

The buses, in addition to being low-emission hybrids, will utilize traffic signal prioritization technology that will allow them to reduce travel time by getting more green lights as the signals "communicate" with sensors placed on each bus. "The Rapid" will have the same fare as regular local bus service -- $2.

Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Thorne, who is chair of the LAVTA board of directors, said the rapid bus route will help Tri-Valley residents travel efficiently until a BART extension to Livermore is realized. That project, which is currently undergoing an environmental review process, could be at least 10-25 years away.

"Maybe we'll lure some people away from 580 and the congestion," Thorne said.

The system is anticipated to be operational in January 2011 and will cost $14 million to design and construct. A total of $11 million in funds are coming from the federal government, which Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) was credited with securing. The service is projected to cost $1.4 million per year to operate, and operating revenues will come from bridge tolls, the Measure B sales tax and passenger fares.

The project is expected to create 120 jobs, which will go to people who live in Alameda County.

The bus stops on Route 10 are from west to east:

Stoneridge Mall, West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, Kaiser/Springdale Avenue, Stoneridge Drive, Canyon Way, Regional Street, Golden Gate Drive, Village Parkway, Clark Avenue, Shops at Tralee/Dublin Court, East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, Hacienda Crossings/Hacienda Drive, John Monego Court/Glynnis Rose Drive, Grafton Street, Keegan Street, Murdell Lane, Murrieta Boulevard, Valley Memorial Medical Center, L Street, Livermore Transit Center/Downtown Parking Garage/ACE, Livermore High School/Maple Street, Community Center/Madison Avenue, Charlotte Way and Sandia/Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.

As part of the project, two additional stops will be added between El Charro Road and Isabel Avenue once the planned Jack London Boulevard extension and Fallon Road interchange are completed.

Also in attendance at the ceremony representing Pleasanton were Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Councilwoman Cindy McGovern.

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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

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Good job Jerry. Cardoza in the next district over got $500 million for a medical school (or at least 1/3 of that).

You managed to get CA-11 14 buses!

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Posted by Les
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Once again Pleasanton's government poorly represents Pleasanton. What are the people along Owens and Santa Rita to do about getting to BART?

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Posted by Mark Szymczak
a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Was any study done to see what ridership will look like and what the return on investment (breake even year) will be?

Maybe they use those same buses and run them on weekends between downtown Pleasanton/Dublin on out to the wineries and charge people $5 per ride to help offset the cost?? Maybe the wineries pitch in a few dollars as well?? It would bring more value to the people, eliminate some drunk driving, and dump people off in the heart of the city to have dinner after an afternoon in the vineyards.

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Posted by forex robot
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Nice post & nice blog. I love both.

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