LIVERMORE -- The Livermore area transit agency is proposing several changes to Wheels bus service, including a permanent rerouting of Route 12 necessitated by construction of a key interchange.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is asking for public feedback on new options for Route 12, which begins at the Livermore Transit Center and ends at the East Dublin-Pleasanton BART station, as well as other route changes at an upcoming informal workshop May 10.

Route 12 passes through Isabel Avenue in Livermore, where creation of a new interchange with Interstate 580 and Route 84 began in September 2009. Construction is expected to be completed around spring 2012, said Mike Irby, Livermore senior civil engineer.

The change in street grid will require Route 12 to travel a different course, said Jeff Flynn, the transit agency's director of planning and communications. The authority will post potential maps and options for public review on www.wheelsbus.com by mid-April.

The authority is also proposing to reroute Route 12 to Interstate 580 from Dublin Boulevard on weekdays only when the Tri-Valley Rapid Transit and Route 1A and 1B buses are operating.

"Route 12 has had a bad hand dealt to it lately because of the construction," Flynn said. "It's had a hard time keeping its schedule."


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Diverting buses from Dublin Boulevard between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. when the other busses are running is aimed at making a more express route for those traveling to and from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station and Las Positas College.

"We really hope to make the route more streamlined by doing this and making the connection to the college a lot better," Flynn said.

If adopted, the Route 12 rerouting will take effect in August.

The transit agency is also looking to add a new route or service extension to the main Livermore Public Library and Civic Center on South Livermore Avenue. Constructing a bus stop turnaround at the library is part of a joint effort between the authority and the city of Livermore.

"We've been working pretty diligently to secure funding and we did it," Flynn said.

The library stop is also expected to serve residents of the nearby Arbor Vista Senior Apartments.

The final proposal -- all of which the authority board is expected to vote on at its June 6 meeting -- is to add door-to-door service from the BART station to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton during fair days.

Between June 22 and July 10, including Sundays, Route 8 would detour to Pleasanton and Rose avenues to accommodate fairgoers. Meanwhile, the stops to the Pleasanton Civic Center and library would be temporarily discontinued.

If you go
What: Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority public workshop on proposed route changes
When: 5 to 7 p.m. May 10
Where: LAVTA administrative office, 1362 Rutan Drive, Livermore
Details: www.wheelsbus.com
What: LAVTA public hearing
When: 4 p.m. June 6
Where: LAVTA administrative office, 1362 Rutan Drive, Livermore