The Pleasanton City Council adopted the final report of the Mobility Forward Tri-Valley Paratransit Study at the May 7 council meeting.
The vote was unanimous.
The study is slated to be presented to the Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA) Board on June 3rd at its regular meeting.
Once adopted by both boards, a plan based on the study recommendations will be created and brought back to both for consideration.
Councilmember Jerry Pentin commented that when you look at our cost per trip versus that for LAVTA, it may be time for responsibility for the service to shift to LAVTA.
Councilmember Karla Brown stated, "Our seniors need to really be comfortable with the transition."
Currently, Pleasanton Paratransit Services (PPS) concurrently provides Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service for certified riders 18 years and older, and traditional senior transportation services for riders 70 years and older. PPS provides door-to-door transportation service Monday through Friday from 8:15am-4:30pm to locations within Pleasanton and Sunol, with limited service for medical appointments to pre-designated locations in San Ramon, Livermore, and Dublin. LAVTA’s ADA paratransit service, Wheels Dial-A-Ride, provides paratransit services to Pleasanton residents during the hours PPS is not operating.
In an effort to better serve the paratransit needs of Tri-Valley residents, the council commissioned a study in partnership with LAVTA to assess the region’s paratransit needs by identifying opportunities for greater partnership and collaboration on efficiencies, including options such as consolidation or reorganization of paratransit services in the Tri-Valley.
The study evaluated current service delivery and determined options for how to best meet the needs of residents for today and the future.
One of the key findings in the report found that PPS ridership over the last six years has declined, while Wheels Dial-A-Ride has seen an increase over the same period. The study presents a series of recommendations that include transferring PPS’s ADA service from Pleasanton to LAVTA, restructuring PPS as a city-based senior transportation service only, considering service delivery options and other operational efficiencies, and implementing a Tri-Valley coordinated transit strategy for older adults and people with disabilities.
“We are eager to continue our partnership with LAVTA as we analyze the recommendations offered in the study and develop potential strategies for both governing bodies to consider later this year,” said Nelson Fialho, Pleasanton City Manager.