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Silicon Valley Transit Strike Possible?

Riders board the VTA’s 10 FREE Airport shuttle bus in Santa Clara.

Could a public transit worker strike in Silicon Valley be on the horizon?  ATU Local 265 – the labor union representing VTA’s bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics, and other workers will take a final vote on VTA’s “Best, Last, and Final Offer” on Wednesday.

VTA and ATU Local 265 have been in talks on a new labor contract since last August.  Talks have been at an impasse over wages, pensions, and operational efficiencies.  VTA’s latest offer was provided to ATU Local 265 on May 10.

A transit strike in Silicon Valley will affect more than 120,000 daily VTA transit riders.  More on what is going on follows…

News Bites – June 13, 2019

A new name for a popular bike sharing program.  A reopening date for the rebuilt Transbay Terminal is revealed.  A better group calendar. One of our members starts an online group for Highway 17 Express Bus riders.  Finally, our newest member gets commended by a San Jose City Council member.

Read on more details…

Stepping Down Indefinitely

It pains me to say this, from the bottom of my heart.

Due to personal issues, I must step down indefinitely from my role as group founder and informal leader of the Silicon Valley Transit Users.

I have asked Judy Purrington to take over running the group. I am also requesting that Dwayne Williams, Andrew Boone, and Adina Levin help run the group as well in my absence. I have also asked a new rising star on the local transit advocacy scene, Monica Mallon, to help run things as well. All of this as VTA tries to reduce transit service in Silicon Valley Yet Again. One other task: find a group alternative to Yahoo! Groups as it has proven to be unstable.

More below…

2016 Measure B Allowed To Be

California’s State Supreme Court has just spoken on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) 2016 Measure B.  Their final verdict: reject a petition filed by Cheriel Jensen of Saratoga thru lawyer Gary B. Wesley to review voter approved 2016 Measure B.

According to the Mercury News story on this issue, millions of your sales tax dollars have now been freed up for highway and public transit projects.  According to VTA, this money was held in escrow while 2016 Measure B was deliberated in the courts.  VTA also mentions the following in its followup on the story:

VTA is now working to get this matter back to the trial court for a final order so that the funds may be released. The funds, currently kept in an escrow account until the suit is resolved, stand at roughly $340M.  This process, which seeks a “final and non-appealable” decision by the court could take approximately one month.  

It’s now official that 2016 Measure B sales tax money will soon be in play.  Given this, what are your thoughts? Please discuss this in the comments section below.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users