The City of Pleasanton will host the 6th Annual Transit Fair at the Pleasanton Senior Center on Thursday, March 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free event is open to all ages and will feature representatives from local transit agencies such as WHEELS, the AARP, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Pleasanton Paratransit Service, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the ACE Train to share information on transportation options.
Veronica Conley, an Ombudsman for the Department of Motor Vehicles, will be the keynote speaker at a special presentation at 10:30 a.m. The primary function of the Ombudsman program is to represent the interest of public safety for all Californians, with a special interest toward the concerns of senior drivers. The Ombudsman ensures that senior drivers are treated fairly, consistent with laws and regulations, and with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Free Car Fit assessments sponsored by AAA of Northern California and the Pleasanton Senior Center will also be offered. These free evaluations for seniors over 65 years of age consist of trained professionals leading participants through a 15-minute, 12-point checklist with their vehicle to recommend adjustments and adaptations that can make the vehicle ‘fit’ better and enhance safety. Those interested in a Car Fit evaluation can call (925) 931-5365 to make an appointment.
Participating transit agencies will also sell their reduced cost senior discount passes and cards during the event. These include the popular Clipper Card for seniors 65 years of age and older with an accepted identification such as a birth certificate, driver’s license, state identification card, or Alien Registration/Permanent Resident card. The Clipper Card is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value that is loaded onto it. Clipper Cards can be used on Muni, BART, AC Transit, VTA, SamTrans, Caltrain and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry. Non-senior Clipper cards will also be issued at the event.
Also available will be a $9 Senior BART pass (a $24 value), the Pleasanton Paratransit $30 punch card for residents of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Paratransit Downtown Route which offers 8 rides for just $12, Dial-A-Ride’s 10 rides for $35, and a Wheels monthly senior bus pass for $18.
The Pleasanton Senior Center’s ‘Snappy Café’ will offer a St. Patrick’s Day meal for $5 for adults and $3.50 for seniors. Reservations must be made by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. For more information or to make a luncheon reservation, please contact the Pleasanton Senior Center at (925) 931-5365.