On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
To help you travel to and from your New Year’s Eve party, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Caltrain, SamTrans, and San Francisco’s MUNI will have FREE service from 8pm Sunday until 5am Monday. Until 3am Monday morning, BART will run trains every 20 minutes, especially in support of fireworks show on the San Francisco waterfront at midnight.
All Bay Area transit agencies will run a Sunday/Holiday schedule on New Year’s Day (January 1).
On New Year’s Day, there will be numerous fare and service changes on a couple of Bay Area transit agencies. Read on for more details.
The last Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors’ meeting of 2017 took place on December 7. There, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was voted unopposed as the VTA Board Of Directors’ Chair for 2018. Also, Santa Clara City Councilmember Teresa O’Neill was voted 9-2 over Cupertino’s Sadia Vaidhyanathan for Vice Chair in 2018.
You can view all four hours of the last VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting of 2017 here. Or, read on for a summary of what was decided at this VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting.
This year, the last VTA Board Of Directors‘ meeting for 2017 will start at 5:30pm. Note that it is not the normal 9am or other morning time, due to other meetings in the County around that time. A welcome and refreshing break from previous years.
Amongst what will be voted on at Thursday’s VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting:
A new Chair and Vice Chair will be elected for 2018
A $760,000 contract for modifying VTA light rail ticket machines to dispense new Clipper Cards
A $3.243 million contract for certifying paratransit services
A policy for “commuter shuttle” rules and regulations at VTA bus stops and transit centers
The Palo Alto Daily Post reported that current VTA Board Chair Jeannie Bruins of Los Altos will be replaced next year by Mountain View City Council member John McAlister. McAlister will represent the Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills on the VTA Board of Directors.
Also, were you affected by the lack of extra bus and rail service for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium last Friday? Come speak up about it at Thursday’s VTA Board of Directors’ meeting, in the Public Comment time period at the beginning of the meeting.
WHEN: Thursday at 5:30pm WHERE: County Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St. (at North 1st Street), San Jose. GETTING THERE: Government Center is 1 block north of Civic Center light rail station. Take VTA’s 61, 62, 66 or 181 express bus lines to Civic Center light rail station, then walk 1 block north to the County Government Center. Read the map detailing the Government Center area for additional information.
See you on Thursday.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Moderator and four panelists at last Sunday’s Regional Planning Forum in Cupertino, where our group met.
Silicon Valley’s housing and traffic crises are already well documented. Our group gathered in Cupertino last Sunday to discover and hear what can be done to resolve these crises. The four panelists at last Sunday’s Regional Planning Forum in Cupertino were:
Kansen Chu, 25th Assembly Member, California State Assembly
“Chappie” Jones, San Jose City Council Member
Richard Bernhardt, CEO of Bernhardt Communications and Strategy
Tom DuBois, Palo Alto City Council Member
Part 1 of the Regional Planning Forum can be viewed below:
Part 2 of the Regional Planning Forum (the Question and Answer portion) can be viewed below:
A special Thank You goes to Better Cupertino for hosting this forum. Please view both videos above. You will learn some things from both videos.
After viewing both videos in full, please share your thoughts on what needs to be done to address Silicon Valley’s traffic and housing problems. Also, indicate what YOU are willing to do to help solve these issues.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users