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Aug 8 / Eugene B

Four More Chances To Speak Up This Month

Your input is still needed to craft a possible ballot measure in 2016. Today at 2:30pm in Gilroy, TransForm (a group we work with) is hosting the first of several forums designed to gather input on what YOU would like to see in a possible transportation ballot measure in 2016.

The first of these meetings takes place at Serra Cottage, 7580 Church Street in Gilroy from 2:30pm-5pm. It’s one (1) block west of Monterey Highway. Therefore, it’s about a 10 minute walk or bike to the VTA’s 68 bus line.

I have already informed our group of this meeting. This page will be updated with what went on in Gilroy, and will provide more details on other dates and meeting sites later this weekend.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Disclosure: Our group is also part of the Envision Silicon Valley group that is putting together a possible transit sales tax measure in Santa Clara County is 2016.

Jul 6 / Eugene B

Quarterly Bus Service Changes Today

Today marks the start of many Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus service changes. Find out how YOU are affected in Santa Clara County as of today.

Attend Silicon Valley University? VTA will have an extra 180 northbound bus at 9:05pm from Lundy and Fortune in San Jose. This extra bus will go directly to Fremont BART station, and runs Monday-Friday when school is in session.

What do YOU think about this set of VTA’s quarterly bus service changes? Please comment below.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Jul 4 / Eugene B

Happy 4th Of July!



On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy Safe (and Sane!) Fourth of July.

For July 4, VTA will run extra light rail trains into downtown San Jose to support the fireworks show in the downtown area. VTA will also have increased light rail service to support the fireworks show at Great America Park in Santa Clara, which is set to start around 10pm.

Also, Caltrain will run extra trains from San Francisco after 11pm to support the fireworks show along the city’s piers and docks.

The San Jose Giants are in town hosting Visalia this weekend. Fireworks shows occur after both games, which start at 6:30pm. Our guide lists VTA bus service to and from Municipal Stadium which help you beat the expected traffic gridlock before and after the game and fireworks.

Stay safe and sane today and this weekend!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users


Jun 29 / Eugene B

Special Group Meeting On Tuesday

Due to a prior space commitment, our meeting was moved to Tuesday, June 30 at 6pm. We’ll be at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose. It’s a block from the San Jose State University campus, and a short walk from VTA’s 22, 522 Rapid, 63, 64, 65, 72, 73 and Highway 17 Express bus lines. It’s also 1 block from San Jose City Hall and is a 5-10 minute walk from VTA light rail at the Santa Clara station.

Agenda topics include:

  • proposing future times, dates and locations for our group meetings
  • an update on a proposed guest for our next meeting (VTA Board member Dave Whittum)
  • an update on our work with the VTA’s “Envision Silicon Valley” group in the effort to have a transit sales tax

Can’t make it to San Jose June 30? Call (415)655-0001 at 5:55pm. When prompted, use the meeting dialin code 190581606 then press # button on your phone. Or, visit, click the “join” button, and enter the meeting dialin code with your full name and email address (which we do NOT collect unless YOU request it). The meeting should not last more than 30 minutes.

See you on Tuesday!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Jun 27 / Eugene B

Pride, Baseball, Soccer…and Farewell

This year, the fireworks come before the Fourth of July. This is especially true, given Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry anywhere in the nation

Celebrating this landmark decision and “equality without exception” are the themes for the 45th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade this weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the festivities in downtown San Francisco this weekend.

On the outskirts of downtown San Francisco, the Giants host two games against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday and Sunday at 1:05pm. Their single-A minor league team, the San Jose Giants, host the Modesto Nuts on Saturday at 6pm (with fireworks after the game) and Sunday at 1pm.

Meanwhile, in the South Bay, two other events are taking place this weekend. Saturday night at Stanford Stadium features the “California Clasico” soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and visiting L.A. Galaxy.  In Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday evening and Sunday evening, two of the last five shows ever for the Grateful Dead will take place.

Standing room only (SRO) conditions are expected on Caltrain this weekend due to these events.

This transit guide lists all of the bus and rail options in Santa Clara County help you beat traffic gridlock expected at these big events.

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