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Apr 22 / Eugene B

Group Meeting This Thursday

On Thursday, April 24, our next group meeting takes place at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose.

There will be follow-up on issues such as

  • The need for pedestrian, motorist and cyclist safety tips for everyone
  • VTA transit service plans for the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara
  • Ways YOU can help keep VTA buses and light rail running on time

There will also be a brief discussion of two political races (the San Jose Mayoral race and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office) and how both races affect every bus and train rider in Santa Clara County.

See you on Thursday!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Apr 13 / Eugene B

Fire At Former KNTV Studios Affects Three VTA Bus Lines

An explosion and fire at the former KNTV television studios at Park and Montgomery occurred about an hour ago. As of 4:30pm, the San Jose Fire Department declared it a “five-alarm” fire.

Three (3) bus lines – VTA’s 64 and 65 bus lines, and the Highway 17 Express bus line – all run past and stop at the former studios. The explosion and resulting fire has also caused rerouting and delays on these bus lines as firefighters put out the blaze.

Two other notes: the fire is yards away from VTA light rail and railroad tracks used by Caltrain, Amtrak and Union Pacific freight. No word yet on whether or not rail services have been affected. The blaze is also across Park Avenue from the San Jose Fire Department’s training headquarters on Montgomery.

Group member David Lytton of Campbell took this photo after witnessing the explosion and resulting smoke before the blaze.

Follow @svtransitupdts for additional news on how transit info is affected by the fire, and when normal service will be restored.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Apr 13 / Eugene B

VTA Bus Service Changes On Monday

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On Monday, April 14, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will make several changes to bus and light rail service throughout Santa Clara County.

Details on the changes are after the jump.

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Apr 11 / Eugene B

Ten Dead In Tour Bus vs. Semi Collision

Yesterday evening, ten people died in a collision between a Silverado Stages tour bus and a FedEx semi truck on Interstate 5 in Orland. The area is 90 miles north of Sacramento.

The tour bus was filled with students and their chaperones headed to Humboldt State University on a campus tour. It was one of three tour buses headed to the campus. Those who perished so far are five students and five adults – including the drivers of the collided semi and tour bus.

Let all of us in Silicon Valley and nationwide mourn those who perished. Also, let’s keep those who survived in our thoughts and prayers.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Apr 9 / Eugene B

Notes From Our March 27 Meeting

(Apologies for the delay in posting this. There have been some personal issues I have had to deal with.)

At our group meeting last Thursday, we discussed the need to get the word out on being safe as a pedestrian. This issue is in light of recent and tragic incidents such as:

More on this particular incident in a later post. Meanwhile, read and understand these safety tips from Caltrain on how to cross railroad tracksespecially if you drive a car.

We also discussed VTA’s plans for transit service to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and a meeting in Mountain View April 9 to determine transit needs in the Palo Alto and Mountain View area. Of the latter, member Michael Ludvig recommended increased service frequency on the 51 bus line (Moffett Field-De Anza College).

Lots of catching up to do…

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users