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Jan 26 / Eugene B

First Group Meeting Of 2015 This Thursday

Please join us at our first meeting of 2015 this Thursday, January 29 at 6pm in San Jose.  Meeting agenda is as follows:

  • Things YOU can do to make Bus Rapid Transit on El Camino Real between Palo Alto and San Jose happen
  • How YOU can help make VTA buses and light rail run more on time
  • Other Santa Clara County transit issues you want to discuss

The meeting is expected to be no more than one (1) hour.

Here are VTA bus, rail, and automobile directions on getting to the San Jose Peace & Justice Center. Be advised there is NO live video or audio streaming (yet) for our group meetings. The only way to know what’s going on and how YOU can make taking VTA better: BE THERE.

Bring a pencil or pen and paper (or smartphone/tablet notepad program) for our meeting. This is because information will be given to you during our meeting talks (see agenda above) which you need to make note of.

Please spread the word about our group meetings as needed. ALL ARE WELCOME! See on on Thursday.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Jan 22 / Eugene B

More Evening Buses Serving West Valley College

Attend or work at West Valley College in Saratoga? Good news if you take one of the bus lines to and from Winchester light rail station in Campbell. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) just added new evening service on the 37 Community Bus line between West Valley College and Winchester.

The added bus service, which runs every hour on weekdays only, is as follows:

Buses depart Winchester light rail station for West Valley College at 7:37pm, 8:39pm and 9:39pm, arriving at West Valley College about 14 minutes later.

Buses depart West Valley College at 7:11pm, 7:57pm, 8:58pm and 9:58pm, arriving at Winchester about 14 minutes later.

What do you think about the added evening bus service to and from West Valley College? Please discuss in the Comments section.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Jan 21 / Eugene B

Some Questions On El Camino Real BRT Draft Docs

The idea of having dedicated bus lanes or even bus queue jumping lanes along El Camino Real sounds great. This has raised some questions, however.

On January 14, I wrote a letter on behalf of our group to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) providing input on its Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for their El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. Input for the letter was obtained from members on our Yahoo! Group email list.

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Jan 8 / Eugene B

First VTA Board Meeting Of 2015 Tonight

This evening, the very first Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors meeting of 2015 will take place.

Amongst the items the Board will vote on, according to their meeting agenda (Adobe PDF Document):

  • Initial remarks from Perry Woodward of Gilroy, who will chair the VTA Board this year
  • Approving or rejecting an initial study for a new parking structure at the Tamien Light Rail Station area
  • Approve or reject spending $11.7 million of your money on a construction contract to construct Phase II of the Mountain View Light Rail double-tracking program.

The meeting site is the County Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Offices 70 W. Hedding Street (at North First Street) in San Jose.  The County Government Offices are one block north of the Civic Center light rail station and the bus stop for VTA’s 61, 62, 66 and 181 express bus lines. Plan on driving to the VTA Board Meeting? There’s free on-street parking in front of and across Hedding Street from the County Government Offices, starting right at 5:30pm.

Want to speak at tonight’s VTA Board of Directors meeting? Here are some rules and procedures you need to follow to get your voice properly heard.

See you this evening!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Jan 4 / Eugene B

VTA Quarterly Service Changes Effective Monday


The new year has good news for bus riders in Silicon Valley. On January 5th, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will add Sunday service on the 323 limited stop bus line between San Jose and De Anza College in Cupertino. VTA will also add more weekday and Saturday bus service on the 323 as well.

Amongst other service changes VTA will implement on January 5th:

  • Rerouting on the 77 bus line in northern San Jose to support construction of the BART extension along its normal route.
  • Having the 17 Community Bus route end at the Social Services center on Tompkins Ct. instead of Monterey/Las Animas due to safety reasons.
  • Adding a trip on northbound-only 168 express bus service from Gilroy to San Jose to support San Jose State University students when classes are in session.

These and more of the bus service changes VTA is making on January 5th are mentioned here.

One main point to consider regarding service expansion on the 323: it is to help build ridership for VTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for Stevens Creek Boulevard.

Do you agree with the service increases VTA is making January 5th? If not, what bus or light rail service changes for the better do YOU think VTA needs to make?  Please discuss in the comments area according to our blog commenting rules.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users