Amador Solar Parking Structure Project - Information and Updates
The Amador Valley High School student parking lot on Santa Rita Road is receiving an eco-friendly upgrade with a new solar structure this school year. This new solar structure allows our Amador community to reduce its carbon footprint, provide a long-term source of renewable energy and create covered parking for our students in a new re-oriented lot.
The new re-oriented lot will also include a number of safety improvements, including additional crosswalks. Amador’s new solar structure parking lot will provide valuable learning opportunities for our students for years to come.
UPDATE: Santa Rita Parking Lot Re-Opening As Scheduled on October 15
We are thrilled to announce that as the new Amador Solar Parking Structure nears completion, the Santa Rita parking lot will re-open on schedule on Tuesday, October 15th! The parking lot will feature new shaded parking, new safety improvements, as well as a new layout/orientation which we will be sharing more information soon.
Parking permits for available spots in the Santa Rita lot will be for sale to our Class of 2020 Seniors on a lottery basis and then be released to our Juniors based on availability.
Continuing to Use Eco-Friendly Ways to Get to School
While Santa Rita lot opening will increase our available on-site parking, with October being Walk and Roll to School Month, we encourage our families and students to continue to walk and ride their bikes/scooters to school if possible. This healthy way for our students to get to school reduces our carbon footprint on the environment as well as reduces overall traffic during drop off and pick up and in the community at large. We will be phasing out the use of our temporary shuttles and additional bus routes following the opening of the lot - however we encourage students to continue to take advantage of our local public transportation through Wheels to continue to reduce our carbon footprint!
As construction is currently planned to be ongoing through the first 8-weeks of school through mid-October 2019, a majority of the Santa Rita parking lot will be unavailable for parking. During this time, student parking will be largely unavailable on campus. While we understand that this is a significant temporary challenge, and presents a short term inconvenience, it also provides for a 25+ year benefit in addition to priceless learning opportunities for our students.
We are confident that in working together with our school and broader community, our students will continue to be able to get to school safely while being kind and conscientious of our community neighbors during this time.
Convenient and Eco-Friendly Ways for our Dons to Get to School
Dons Ride Tri-Valley Wheels FREE
All Amador Valley High School students ride Tri-Valley Wheels routes 605 & 611 for FREE by presenting their Student IDs. Find bus routes at bit.ly/DonsOnWheels
To accommodate 'A' period students, we have ADDED 605 & 611 Routes: Arriving to Amador at ~6:40 a.m. & Leaving Amador at ~4:15 p.m.
ADDITIONALLY: Apply for the City of Pleasanton’s AVHS Try Transit Program and receive a FREE 10-day transit pass (while supplies last). Good for any route (including 10R!) http://www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/avhstrytransit/
|Shuttle Stop Locations (View Map)||AM Shuttle Departure Times||
PM Shuttle Departure Times (from AVHS)
*Departure times from AVHS will remain consistent Monday - Friday for all stops
|St. Augustine's Church|
|Regular Day Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)||6:40 a.m.||3:10 p.m.|
|7:20 a.m.||3:40 p.m.|
|8:15 a.m.||4:10 p.m.|
|ACCESS Schedule - Wednesday||7:50 a.m.|
|ACCESS Schedule - Thursday||6:40 a.m.|
|Regular Day Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)||6:50 a.m.|
|ACCESS Schedule - Wednesday||8:00 a.m.|
|ACCESS Schedule - Thursday||6:50 a.m.|
|Greenwood Rd. & Valley Ave.|
|Regular Day Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)||6:30 a.m.|
|ACCESS Schedule - Wednesday||8:15 a.m.|
|ACCESS Schedule - Thursday||6:45 a.m.|
Walking & Biking to School
School Circulation Plans
In collaboration with the City of Pleasanton, we have created the plan below which outlines remote loading areas for student drop off and pick up. To help make our student drop offs efficient and minimize the impact to traffic on Santa Rita Road, several locations are identified as available loading zones and designated pickup and drop off areas.
While students will be unable to park within the Santa Rita Road student lot, the drop off and pick up loop that borders the student lot will be open. In addition, loading zones will be established on Del Valle Parkway, Black Avenue and Santa Rita Road adjacent to the aquatic center park. See map below for available loading zone areas.
Student Loading (Drop Off/Pick Up) Zones Information
Student Loading (Drop off/pick up) Zones:
- Santa Rita Road (adjacent to Aquatic Park
- Black Avenue
- Aquatic Center Parking lot (no student parking - drop off and pick up allowed)
- Del Valle Parkway
- Santa Rita Frontage Road (no student parking – drop off and pickup allowed)
- Student Parking Lot Loop & Amador Theater Lot Loop
The drop off loop encircling the student parking area will be open during construction.
School Circulation Plan
Several new bike racks have been installed around the campus and a new pedestrian pathway from Gatetree Circle has been installed to provide additional alternative transportation options.
The loading zone around the student parking lot will remain open during construction and the traffic signals will provide controlled access into and out of the student lot. A new loading zone has been created along the south side of the school. Vehicles may enter at the Main Office loop and drive toward Del Valle parkway to load and unload students. Traffic control flagmen will be available to help facilitate movement into and out of the loading zone areas.
Next Steps and Follow Up
We will also be sharing information related to 2019-2020 special events as well as plans for limited onsite parking.
We will be sharing email updates and posting new information here as it is available to help keep our community informed.
Thank you for your continued patience, understand and collaboration!