Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi: Tri-Valley’s New Rapid Buses are Creating Jobs & Making Convenient Public Transit a Reality in Region – Made in California

January 13, 2011
Press Release

Garamendi Joins Rep. McNerney and other local officials at ribbon cutting in Livermore

LAVTARapidBus Congressmen John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney Join Other Local Officials
at the Ribbon Cutting for Tri-Valley’s New American-Made Rapid Bus Fleet.

LIVERMORE, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), California’s former Lieutenant Governor, today joined Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton, CA) and other local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) new rapid bus transit system in the Tri-Valley. Of the $14 million spent on the project, $11 million came from federal resources. The new buses are manufactured by Gillig at their headquarters in Hayward.

"Today is a great day for Livermore, a great day for area residents who use public transit, and a great day for every Californian that wants to see jobs come back to our state," Congressman Garamendi said. "I want to commend all the local and federal officials who made this day possible."

"LAVTA is purchasing buses made in Northern California, putting our neighbors to work and allowing more money to flow through our local economy. We must Make It In America if we’re going to make it in America, and American-made buses are precisely the types of investments we need to get out of our economic slump," Garamendi added. "Rapid bus transit also makes bus travel faster and more reliable – a critical step to get residents out of their cars and into public transit."

"The Rapid is the latest example of LAVTA’s commitment to adopt cutting edge transportation technology to deal with the area’s traffic gridlock challenges and air quality concerns," said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, LAVTA’s chair.

Garamendi is a fierce advocate for mass transit and the need to support American transportation manufacturers – to Make It In America. He is pleased to report that the Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is creating local jobs by purchasing the rapid transit buses from Gillig, an American bus manufacturer based out of Hayward. Garamendi is the author of Make It In America legislation that requires the federal government to purchase transportation goods and equipment made in America.

The Tri-Valley’s new rapid transit system, The Rapid, will quickly connect area residents to places like the Stoneridge Shopping Mall, Lawrence Livermore/Sandia Laboratories, and BART. The Rapid has limited stop service, making for faster travel, fewer stops, and a frequent schedule. The Rapid makes it easy to get where passengers need to go. And thanks to innovative technologies like bus signal priority, the Rapid won’t get held up at every light, so passengers can cross the Tri-Valley in record time.

While all forms of mass transit are good for the environment, the Rapid, which is powered by low-emission, electric hybrid technology, is an effective way to get more cars off the road, reduce the region’s carbon footprint, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption.