WHEELS awarded quarter-million-dollars in federal stimulus funds

Part of $83.9 million being doled out to California transit agencies

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that California will receive $83.9 million in stimulus funds for transit improvements.

For the Tri-Valley, the only grant was a total of $779,046 to the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority for preventive maintenance. The system operates the WHEELS bus line and charter buses for commuter groups.

In the Bay Area, the biggest recipients of the funds are the San Francisco Municipal Railway, which will receive $18.2 million to rebuild and perform preventive maintenance on light rail vehicles, and BART, which will get $17 million for railcar and station equipment improvements.

In addition, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will get $12.3 million to buy 20 40-foot buses, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District will get $6.7 million for preventive maintenance on its buses, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board will get $2.7 million for the San Mateo bridges project and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation Department will get $2.4 million to replace bus wash equipment.

Vallejo will receive $2.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the Vallejo Intermodal Station, San Mateo County Transit will get $2 million for preventive maintenance and the purchase of four replacement buses, the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority will get $1.1 million for preventive maintenance, the purchase of lifts and parking lot repairs, and the Contra Costa Transit Authority will get $1.1 million for preventive maintenance.

The city of Santa Rosa will receive $1 million to buy two hybrid electric buses, the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency will get $721,312 for bus rehabilitation and to buy shop equipment, and Sonoma County Transit will get $448,161 to replace a 40-foot bus.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a statement: "These critical investments will put Californians to work on transit projects that will ease congestion, improve air quality and speed Californians on their way to work and school."

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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Posted by DId you study math?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

$779,046 is more like THREE quarters of a million dollars,
or about the value of one local blue collar house (before the real estate market induced crash).
Better than nothing I suppose, but how much did they take from our area in taxes?

More Math:
Interesting that $1 Million only buys two hybrid buses these days for Santa Rosa.
Will they ever save enough fuel to pay that price?

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Posted by Can BARTD use that 17 million to get to Livermore??
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

BARTD managed to get almost 22 times what our Wheels bus system got- but are they applying any of it to make good on their promise to complete the electric train to Livermore?
AND How can they spend millions adding another track to Walnut Creek, when Livermore has NO track-?
Why do they insist that Livermore build unwanted slum apartments as a condition of building the station that we've already paid for again and again? People in those new apartments have not been paying the taxes for 40 years.

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Posted by $$
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm

How much does that work out to per rider? Seriously, how many people ride on Wheels? A waste that should be shut down. The few people who ride could be driven around in $40,000 vans instead of $250,000 buses....or $400,000 if they are hybrids. More government boondoggles. Soon maybe we can get a light rail system that few will ride.

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Posted by Wheels Rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Works out to about $0.35 per rider. 2,200,000 riders per year.
Might pay you to do a little research before you start wagging your tongue with your keyboard.

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Posted by $$
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

WR, I see you have a calculator. So you must realize it costs $6.50 for each of those (average) 1 mile rides. That's awesome!

If you know what their farebox revenue is we could figure out how much each trip costs's a's more than $4.50 per passenger.

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Posted by Deva
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I wonder how much they spend? I tried looking on their website, but no such luck, also parts of their website is broken now and has missing bus schedules and 404 pages. I called to complain and was told a new website was coming soon. I wonder how much they're spending there?

I ride on their busses when I visit Livermore and they could use smaller vehicles for some routes.

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