Its been a busy week at LAVTA. Here’s an update on some of the important projects, with a warm welcome to our new Marketing Specialist, Christy Navarro!
Shared Autonomous Vehicle Project
This past week AB 1444, LAVTA’s bill authored by Assemblywoman Baker was approved by the Appropriations Committee and is next scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Floor sometime next week. Staff has been working with County Connection, our neighboring transit agency, to partner on this high profile project. The goal is to test a shared autonomous vehicle on city streets in Dublin in 2018.
Legislation for New Rail Authority
AB 758, the bill that creates a new rail construction authority to plan and construct a BART/ACE connection in the Tri-Valley passed out of Appropriations on Friday and will be considered by the Assembly Floor next week. The bill has wide support and after going to the Assembly Floor will begin its process of approval in the Senate.
SmartTrips Pleasanton, the individualized marketing effort along the 10R alignment in the community, is about 80% completed. This week I had the chance to go out with the travel ambassadors and talk to residents in Pleasanton. It was a great experience. On Monday, Memorial Day for the nation, the SmartTrips travel ambassadors were out at Amador Valley Community Park talking with residents along the Santa Rita Road corridor, letting kids color and have fun on a Rapid bus.
A reminder that this coming Thursday at 1pm will be the art mural shelter dedication at the corner of Vasco Road and Patterson Pass in Livermore. The art mural was created by students at Granada High School and attendance is expected to be high.
Q’Straint Demo with Board Member Coomber and WAAC Chair Hendrickson-Rivera
Q’Straint representatives visited LAVTA recently to demonstrate the new Q’POD mobility restraint system to LAVTA Board Member Bob Coomber and WAAC Chair Carmen Hendrickson-Rivera. After a demonstration of how the system works everyone was able to take a ride in the Wheels bus to get a feel for the restraint system in action.
Christy Navarro is the newest employee at LAVTA, joining the team as our marketing specialist. Christy has experience with graphic design and social media and will make a great complement to new Marketing Manager, Tony McCaulay.