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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.

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.

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.

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.

VTA Is Planning for Biggest Crowd Ever During Wrestlemania 31

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wrestlemania 31 at Levi's Stadium on March 29th is expected to be attended by 70,000 fans. It is also expected to cause the most passengers VTA has ever experienced. 


Wrestlemania 31 is expected to bring in 50,000 passengers on VTA. The closest VTA has every carried to and from Levi's Stadium is 16,000 people, which caused standing room only and completely overwhelmed the transit agency. 


VTA is doing anything possible to provide the maximum amount of light rail trams, buses, everything. Many people will be new to VTA as well, which will slow down service. VTA is doing everything they can to provide the best service possible to the 140,000 riderd expected on Monday.


For more info, visit SCVTA.org.

Take CalTrain to Wrestlemania 31 at Levi's Stadium

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If you want to avoid traffic, CalTrain is a great way to get to Levi's Stadium for Wrestlemania 31. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the event. Doors will open at 1:30 PM.


CalTrain operates hourly service to Mountain View Station on Weekends. After departing, passengers can transfer directly to VTA for direct service to Levi's Stadium. 


After the event, CalTrain will run an extra northbound train, which will depart Mountain View Station 75 minutes after the conclusion at Levi's, or when full. 


For CalTrain's weekend schedule, click here. For more information, visit http://www.caltrain.com/.

Montague VTA Station to Close for 5 Months

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

In Milpitas, the Montague VTA Station will close beginning March 23rd. The closure will last for five months.


During this period of time, VTA will modernize and update the station and build a pedestrain overcrossing running over Capitol Avenue connecting Montague Station to BART's future Milpitas Station. 


During the closure, a shuttle will be brought in to transport passengers to Great Mall/Transit Center VTA Station. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes, the same duration as the VTA light rail trains. Hours of shuttle operation are:

 


Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


During the Montague Station closure, there will be re-construction of stairs, elevator work, installation of new escalators and the bridge connecting to BART's future Milpitas Station. 


In the Fall of 2015, when Montague Station re-opens, commuters can use the new stairs; but the new escalators and pedestrain overcrossing will be completed later on. 


For more information, visit http://www.vta.org/.

VTA to Discuss a Two-Year Plan for Increase in Service

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The VTA will be hosting seven public meetings from March 16th to March 23rd to propose a new transit service plan for the next two years. The VTA would like to hear riders' input and recommendations to improve the new service plan. If approved, this 2-year plan would begin in July 2015. 

The transit service plan includes relocating low-performing service in areas with high ridership and improve service. 

The proposed changes will add 3 new routes to the VTA and will change more than 40 existing lines. The plan also adds increases of frequency and span of service. 

Here are the times of meetings:

Monday, March 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

County of Santa Clara, Board Chambers

70 West Hedding Street, San Jose

Served by VTA Light Rail and Bus Lines 61, 62, 66, and 181.

Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Campbell Community Center, Roosevelt Room

1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell

Served by VTA Bus Lines 26 and 60.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Fremont Teen Center

39770 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont

Served by VTA Bus Line 181.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Sunnyvale City Hall, Council Chambers

456 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale

Served by VTA Bus Lines 22, 54, and 522.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Gilroy City Hall, Board Chambers

7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy

Served by VTA Bus Line 19.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Valley Transportation Authority, Auditorium

3331 N. 1st Street, San Jose

Served by VTA Light Rail and Bus Line 58.

Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

VTA Downtown Customer Service Center

55-A West Santa Clara Street, San Jose Served by VTA Light Rail and Bus Lines 22, 23, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, 181, 323, 522, and DASH.

For more information, visit http://www.vta.org/.

Evelyn VTA Station to Permanently Close

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Monday, March 16th, Evelyn VTA Station will close permanently. Trains will no longer stop at Evelyn in Mountain View. The station is scheduled to be demolished as part of the Mountain View Light Rail Double Track Project. Passengers can use Mountain View or Whisman Stations as alternatives. 

The Mountain View Light Rail Double Track Project will add a second track in between Mountain View and Whisman Stations. The rail corridor is not wide enough to accomodate the new track and the station. Evelyn has also experienced the second lowest ridership in the entire VTA system.

The benefits of the new second track will include more reliable connections with CalTrain service at Mountain View, better service for events at Levi's Stadium and the ability to provide additional service to BART's Milpitas Station scheduled to open in 2017. 

Phase 2 of the project is scheduled to begin soon. During phase 2, the second track will be laid across Central Expressway. Crews will work in close proximity to residences near Whisham Station. Work will occur 7 days a week at times, with crews operating both day and night.


For more information, visit http://www.vta.org/ or go to http://www.511.org/.