Facilities & Construction » Amador Solar Parking Structure Project - Information and Updates

Amador Solar Parking Structure Project - Information and Updates

Project Description

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!

 

Construction Timeline 

AVHS Solar Construction Timeline

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/

Student Shuttles

student shuttlePUSD will be providing shuttles for students to get to and from school. Students may be dropped off to take shuttles in the morning and picked up the afternoon at stops located at Greenwood Rd. & Valley Ave., Case Ave. and St. Augustine's Church. There will be no student parking available at these locations with the exception of St. Augustine's Church, who has kindly allocated 70 parking spots (please see map included below for specific parking locations marked in yellow).
 
*Shuttle Schedules updated on Thursday, August 15, 2019
 
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.
    4:30 p.m.
     
ACCESS Schedule - Wednesday 7:50 a.m.   
  8:25 a.m.  
     
ACCESS Schedule - Thursday 6:40 a.m.   
  7:50 a.m.   
  8:25 a.m.  
     
Case Avenue 
Regular Day Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) 6:50 a.m.  
 
7:30 a.m.
 
  8:25 a.m.  
     
     
ACCESS Schedule - Wednesday 8:00 a.m.  
  8:35 a.m.   
     
ACCESS Schedule - Thursday 6:50 a.m.   
  8:00 a.m.  
  8:35 a.m.   
     
Greenwood Rd. & Valley Ave.
Regular Day Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) 6:30 a.m.  
  6:50 a.m.  
  7:10 a.m.  
  7:30 a.m.  
  7:50 a.m.   
  8:10 a.m.  
  8:30 a.m.  
  8:50 a.m.   
     
ACCESS Schedule - Wednesday 8:15 a.m.  
 
8:35 a.m. 
 
  8:50 a.m.  
     
ACCESS Schedule - Thursday 6:45 a.m.  
  8:15 a.m.  
  8:35 a.m.  
 
Available parking at St. Augustine's Church Shuttle Stop 
Available parking spots are marked in yellow. Parking availability subject to change on days where funerals occur at the Church. map of St. Augustine's parking spaces
 

Walking & Biking to School

students bikingWalking and biking to school is another eco-friendly and convenient way to get to school for many students. Amador Valley High School has installed additional bike racks to encourage more students to ride to school. Please find the circulation map below for pedestrian/bike entrances and bike rack locations on campus. 
 
Find bike routes and paths from our friends at the City of Pleasanton here
 

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:

    1. Santa Rita Road (adjacent to Aquatic Park
    2. Black Avenue
    3. Aquatic Center Parking lot (no student parking - drop off and pick up allowed)
    4. Del Valle Parkway
    5. Santa Rita Frontage Road (no student parking – drop off and pickup allowed)
    6. 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!