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Feb 28 / Eugene B

Fighting For Better On Many Fronts

Last week featured a lot of meetings, mishaps, and calls for action in the quest to improve public transit in Silicon Valley. All in a quest to make Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail a more viable alternative to driving. From community meetings in the Alum Rock section of San Jose, to a city council meeting in Sunnyvale, to our own group meeting in San Jose, here are details on what happened last week as “catch-up” material.

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Feb 22 / Eugene B

Oops, VTA FAIL Again at Levi’s

Crowds waited for as long as 2 hours for VTA light rail trains after last night's Stadium Series game in Santa Clara. Source:

Crowds waited as long as 2 hours for VTA light rail after last night’s Stadium Series game. Source: @techiewinmom

Last night, transit in the South Bay proved it still has much work to do to handle large event crowds. After last night’s Stadium Series hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium, we received reports that many fans had trouble getting home on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail after the game.

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Feb 21 / Eugene B

Outdoor Hockey Night in Silicon Valley

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Sharks fans head to Levi’s Stadium for this evening’s outdoor hockey game vs. the LA Kings. Source: @ThinkBiggerSJ

There’s a San Jose Sharks-L.A. Kings outdoor hockey game tonight Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara at 7pm. Expect overcrowding on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system-wide, as hockey fans travel to and from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Note some of the other transit options like Caltrain linking with VTA buses and light rail in Mountain View to take hockey fans to and from this special game. Note some of the other transit options to and from tonight’s game as well.

Had a good or bad experience on VTA tonight for the game or any other game? Bring that issue up to VTA Customer Service and management thru these steps.

We’ll be monitoring the transit service before, during, and after the game via @svtransitusers on Twitter.

The latest transit updates tonight – and any time – are available via @svtransitupdts on Twitter.

Stay safe when riding the buses and trains tonight.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Feb 16 / Eugene B

Happy Presidents’ Day!

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

While this is a Federal holiday, many businesses and retail are open for business as a regular Monday. To that end, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail are running a regular weekday schedule.

See a full matrix of other transit agencies’ service plans today like Caltrain, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Dumbarton Express buses.

Please stay safe when riding buses and trains, as always.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Feb 6 / Eugene B

Current Events

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New VTA priority seating sign, soon to be on all buses and light rail trains.

This evening’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors’ meeting in San Jose:

  • discussed on new signs reminding riders to give up front seats near bus and train doors for the elderly and disabled (pictured above)
  • introduced a new, employee-only hotline where fraud, waste, and abuse can be anonymously reported to a third party “ethics hotline”
  • initial discussion reminding citizens of the VTA biennial budget – how your money will be spent on transportation for the next two (2) years – with public meetings in may.

Towards the end of the Board of Directors’ meeting, Board Member Dave Whittum of Sunnyvale passed on some findings on how more bus service can be provided in Santa Clara County at the lowest cost. All attempts will be made to obtain a copy of this report, which will be featured here.

Also, now that the web site issues have been fixed, this weekend will feature updated VTA Board Member and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) contact information for 2015.

Thank you for your patience, and have a nice weekend.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

One more note: all web site issues have now been resolved as of this morning.