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Dec 10 / Eugene B

Weathering The Storms On VTA & Caltrain

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More rain is coming to Silicon Valley this week. Transit agencies like the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) have already made preparations for these storms. Despite these preparations, incidents such as downed trees and flooding have caused delays and rerouting on VTA buses and light rail over the last week.

Traveling on VTA buses, light rail, ACE or Caltrain this week? Below are some tips to help you travel during these storms this week. These tips are based on experience in riding buses and trains during big rainstorms and even snowstorms on the East Coast.

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Dec 1 / Eugene B

Rubbing Salt In The Five Wounds Area

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After at least ten years of planning with some local residents in East San Jose, staff from the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) appeared to have turned the other cheek. It was learned on October 6 that VTA staff have proposed to stop pursuit for funding for a BART stop in the Five Wounds church area (photograph above) in East San Jose as well as a stop in Santa Clara near the Caltrain station there.

The proposal sparked outrage from East San Jose residents and local politicians. Because the community SPOKE UP against on the proposal, VTA has heard residents there and held off on further implementing their proposal. To that end, VTA will have three (3) public meetings in December to further discuss the proposed station cuts, as well as the future of the BART project. Meeting dates, times, and how to get there by bus are below:

  • Monday, December 1, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, VTA’s 22, 23, 77, and 522 Rapid bus lines serve the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the VTA Customer Service Center, 55 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, VTA’s 22, 63, 66, 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, and 522 Rapid bus lines stop near the Center. The Customer Service Center is also a 3 minute walk from the Santa Clara light rail station.
  • Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Santa Clara University, Locatelli Hall – Building 710
    500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. VTA’s 22, 60, 81 and 522 Rapid bus lines serve the area.

If you care about having future BART stops in East San Jose or Santa Clara, come to either or all of these PUBLIC meetings.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Nov 27 / Eugene B

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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(source: www.joscountryjunction.com )

On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day today.

On Thanksgiving Day, many Silicon Valley transit agencies like Caltrain, SamTrans and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains between San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Millbrae and Fremont will run on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day. Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) trains will NOT run on Thanksgiving Day nor on the day after Thanksgiving (Friday). Full ACE train service returns on Monday, although the special ACE train to and from Levi’s Stadium will run for this evening’s San Francisco 49ers game vs. Seattle at 5:30pm.

Details on special public transit service for Thanksgiving Day and the proce, eding weekend – including “Black Friday” – are below.

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Nov 11 / Eugene B

Some Catching Up To Do

Now that I have finally settled in my new home (more on that in a future post), look for the following stories on the blog within the next week:

  • East San Jose residents fight a VTA proposal to eliminate a BART stop on 28th Street by Five Wounds Church
  • An upcoming meeting next week in East San Jose regarding public for more bike lanes in that area
  • The real reason why VTA’s ticket vending machines were down all day recently
  • More on how we all can help make VTA buses and light rail run ON TIME

Look for blog posts on these – and more – coming soon.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Nov 11 / Eugene B

Happy Veterans Day 2014!

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On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I would like to wish you – and all of our current and retired Armed Forces – a Happy Veterans’ Day!

As a reminder, many public transit agencies are running on a regular weekday schedule today. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
  • Caltrain
  • BART
  • SamTrans
  • AC Transit
  • San Francisco MUNI

Also, many VTA bus lines serving downtown San Jose will be rerouted to support the city’s annual Veterans’ Day parade. The VTA bus rerouting will occur from 9am-2pm today.

Once again, please enjoy Veterans’ Day today and keep yourself safe and sane!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users