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Service Changes in Effect on VTA Bus Lines

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

VTA has made their service changes for this quarter. Every quarter of the year, VTA looks at its services and passenger demand and makes minor changes to some bus lines every quarter. 


For more information the service changes, please click here.

Downtown San Jose 4th of July Fireworks

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Fireworks are planned in Downtown San Jose and we're giving you all the information to get you there. The firework show will be free!


Light rail is the best option to get there, but there will be a bus bridge in Downtown San Jose between San Fernando and Santa Clara stations. Shown below is a map of VTA light rail service after 7 pm and where to board.

Future Milpitas BART Station is Finally Growing!

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

After three years of working underground, the foundation for the future Milpitas BART Station has finally started to rise. Commuters traveling on the Montague Expressway will see the installation of steel, forming the future roof and walls of the station. Underground utility installation is also complete.


Crews are working hard to ensure easy access to the station for everyone, pedestrians, cyclists, and cars. 180 bike parking spaces will be installed, monitored by BikeLink. A pedestrian bridge will link Milpitas BART Station and Montague VTA Light Rail Station. To help cars, a new road, S. Milpitas Boulevard, between Montague Expressway and Capitol Avenue, will go straight through the station campus.


For more information, visit www.vta.org.

Dump the Pump June 18th and Ride Public Transit!

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The 10th annual Dump the Pump Day is coming up on June 18th; be sure to ride public transportation for your commute to help save money, reduce pollution and waste less gas! All transit agencies across the country will participate in this event.


The latest APTA Transit Savings Report indicates that a two person household that resides to one car would save more than $9,569 a year.


Riding public transit doesn't just save you money - it also improves the economy. For every $1 dollar invested in public transit, $4 dollars is made in economic returns. Riding public transportation improves people and their communities across the globe.


The APTA provides more information on  Dump the Pump Day.

VTA Celebrates Completion of Eastridge Transit Center & Bus Improvements

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On may 22nd, riders and workers of VTA celebrated the completion of the new Eastridge Transit Center, and is part of the transformation currently taking place along Capitol Expressway. The Eastridge Transit Center began construction in 2013 and cost $68M. 


The new Transit Center boasts a new bike and pedestrian path, a new central walkway, new seats and landscaping, and new shelters with information and lighting. These improvements are part of the Santa Clara-Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project.


Since 2012, VTA has been adding more sidewalks for pedestrians, increasing safety. Landscape has been installed to act as a buffer between pedestrians and bikes and cars. 


All improvements will mean more reliable bus services and will prepare for the future, such as BRT. Together, $87M has been invested by the San Jose Community to benefit transportation. 


VTA's long-term goal is to extend light rail services from Alum Rock Station to Eastridge, transforming Capitol Expressway into a multi-modal boulevard, offering light rail, BRT, and, in 2018, BART. 


For more information, visit www.vta.org.

Normal VTA Sunday Schedule on Memorial Day

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In honor of Memorial Day, VTA will operate a normal Sunday/Holiday Schedule. Some services will not operate. 


At around 3 pm, all VTA Light Rail and Buses in operation will stop for a moment of silence. This will not significantly impact service or timetables.


For a complete list of service closures, and for more info, visit www.vta.org.

Fire on CalTrain Caused Delays

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, on May 5th, a CalTrain Train between Diridon and Tamien Stations caught fire, causing major delays for Cinco de Mayo travelers. The fire was reported at 8:45 pm. 


Officials are trying to resolve the cause of the blaze. At least one train departing Diridon Station was a half hour late, and other delays occurred throughout the system. 


Visit the San Jose Mercury News for more info.

VTA to Hold Three Public Meetings for Proposed Biennial Budget Plan

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

VTA will host three public meetings to gain additional input from the public on the proposed biennial budget plan for 2016 and 2017. VTA wants the public to learn more information about the budget to gain additional feedback.


The proposed budget includes:

 

  • "A modest overall service increase"
  • "No general fare increase"
  • "Day Passes to be limited to riders using Clipper"
  • "Revised fare policy for transfers from BART to VTA"
  • "Implement a Special Event Express Bus Fare"
  • "No changes to ADA paratransit service parameters or fares"   - www.vta.org


Here are the meeting times:

Monday, May 4th, 6 pm

City of Mountain View, Council Chambers

500 Castro Street, Mountain View

VTA Bus Lines 22, 35, 51, 52, 522 and VTA light rail serve this location.

Tuesday, May 5th, 6 pm

VTA Downtown Customer Service Center

55 West Santa Clara St., San Jose

VTA Bus Lines 22, 23, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, 181, 323, 522, DASH, and VTA light rail serve this location.

Wednesday, May 6th, 6 pm

Morgan Hill Community Center

1700 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

VTA Bus Line 68 serves this location.


Other changes the budget would add are:

 

  •  Minor service increases
  • No fare increases
  • Revised future fares for transfers VTA and BART
  • Day Passes limited to Clipper cards
  • Implement a new Special Event Express Bus Fare
  • "No changes to ADA paratransit service parameters or fares" - vta.org

 

If approved, the budget would begin on July 1st, 2015. 

To view the entire budget plan, click here. For more info, click on www.vta.org.

Stand Up 4 Transportation

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Transportation is critical to our economy. It provides us with many alternatives to get around. It reduces traffic, prevents air pollution, and propels our economy. Many transit agencies are planning for the future to provide greater service, safety and reliability. But future transportation upgrades could be put in jeopardy if Congress fails to act. And not just for the Bay Area, but the entire country is endangered.


Stand Up 4 Transportation Day is April 9th. During Stand Up 4 Transportation, communities nationwide are standing up to Congress to make sure long-term transit funding is provided for the nation. People are also standing up online. 


On May 31st, Congress must make a descision. They need to know that unfunded transportation is unacceptable in a growing country. So please, we ask you, to Stand Up for Transportation. We need your help to urge Congress to provide long-term funding nationwide.


Mountain View VTA Station to Temporarily Close This Weekend

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Starting Friday, April 3rd and lasting until Monday April 6th, VTA will close Mountain View Light Rail Station and will complete important modifications to the current light rail track. A new crossover will also be built that will connect to the existing track.


Building the crossover will allow VTA to better handle crowds for large evernts, particularly at Levi's Stadium, in Santa Clara.


Track at Mountain View Station will be shut down at 9:30 PM on Friday. Track will re-open early Monday morning, the 6th.


In addition to the corssover, a 90-foot section of existing track will also be replaced. Crews will work on signaling equipment and the overhead electrical system. 


A bus bridge will be put in to transport commuters from Mountain View to Middlefield Stations. Buses will leave 10 minutes before a normal light rail train would, but will arrive 10 minutes later.


The vehicle lane on Eastbound Central Expressway, the closest lane to the track, will be closed starting late Friday night and early Monday morning.


Residents near Mountain View Station will most likely hear the construction noise during night. 


The entire project has to be completed in order for VTA to travel to Mountain View Station.


For the schedule of the substitute bus bridge, click here. For more information, click here.