Category: Group News

News about and featuring the Silicon Valley Transit Users.

We Meet This Thursday

Among what we will discuss at our upcoming meeting on Thursday at 6pm in San Jose:

  • How we can address VTA’s shortage of buses throughout the county
  • VTA’s street improvement projects on Bascom Ave., Tasman Dr. and Story/Keyes Avenues – and what we can push for

Have anything else transit-related that we should be fighting for? Please address it at our meeting, BEFORE the agenda items listed.  (Otherwise, you will have to wait until the end of the meeting to address your particular item.)  Be prepared to discuss how YOU would help make it happen.

We meet at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose. Transit and driving directions to the Peace and Justice Center are found here.

Note that if you plan on driving to our meeting, there is limited parking in the back.  Also, do not park in the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market parking lot across the street – you will be towed at your expense.

Can’t make it to our group meeting in San Jose? You can join us via dial-in at 5:55pm. Info is as follows:

  1. Call 1(415)655-0001
  2. When prompted for the “meeting pin number,” enter 190809846
  3. When told that “You have joined the Conference” and after hearing that this is the Silicon Valley Transit Users meeting, please give your name and where you live.

See you on Thursday. We have much to talk about and fight for.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Transit Events Calendar Now Available…and More

Per reader request, a local transit events calendar has now been installed on the web site.  The calendar will help list public transit, bike/pedestrian, and paratransit events and meetings hosted by other citizen groups throughout Silicon Valley.  This will include our own live group meetings.

Examples of entries already present in the events calendar:

In the future, the Event Calendar will also include Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)-hosted public workshops and public meetings.

Hear about a public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, or paratransit meeting or event in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County?  Please let us know at least 7 days in advance of the event so that it can be added to the event calendar.

One more thing:  there have been reports of people not receiving confirmation email when subscribing to new posts or comments.  When you initially subscribe to be notified of new posts or comments to posts, please check your “Junk Mail,” “Junk E-Mail” or “SPAM” folders for the confirmation email.  That confirmation email is sent to ensure your email address is not being abused in any manner.  Click the URL link in the confirmation email to confirm your subscription; otherwise, ignore and delete the confirmation email.

Enjoy the rest of this big Bay Area concert weekend safely and sanely.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

No Group Meeting Until August

For those who follow us: note that there will be no live group meeting on Tuesday.  Instead, a group meeting with a new date will be announced for August.  Please stay tuned for more details.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Two New Website Features

Per your email suggestions, two more features have been added to the web site.  Details on these new features are highlighted below.

Being Notified Of New Site Posts

The first of the new features to our web site: being notified of new posts.

After entering your first name and email address, you will be notified by email to verify your subscription.  (This helps prevent abuse.) You will also be given a choice of what specific types of posts to be notified for.  (Advocacy, bike/ped, bus, rail et al.) By default, you will be notified of all post types made.  You will also be given full options – including unsubscribe – to what posts to be notified of.

Your email address will NOT be given to any third party without your written, signed, and dated consent.

Subscribing to Comments On Individual Posts

The second new feature involves being notified of comments made in posts.  You can find this new feature below where you enter comments.

After verifying your subscription to comments for an individual post, you will be notified every time someone makes a new comment for a post.  You will given full options to unsubscribe to comments.

As with new post notifications, your email address will NOT be given to any third party without your written, signed, and dated consent.

Other Features Upcoming

In the works here, are a first-time transit rider’s guide and an online calendar of transit-related events and meetings.  Look for announcements on these features soon.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users


This Wednesday, She Calls Us

VTA Board Member Teresa O’Neill of Santa Clara. Photo courtesy

For the first time, a member of the VTA’s Board of Directors will be joining us for our meeting.  Teresa O’Neill, Santa Clara City Council member, and VTA Board of Directors’ member, will be joining us at our meeting this Wednesday, April 19 to help discuss local transit issues.

Of primary discussion this Wednesday: VTA’s final “Next Network” bus and light rail service restructuring proposal.  That proposal will be voted on by the VTA Board of Directors in May.  Ms. O’Neill will be dialing in remotely as she is out of town for a public transit meeting.

Meeting details and agenda are below…