Category: Transit Alerts

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th Of July!

On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day.

As a reminder, all Silicon Valley transit agencies like Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are running on a Sunday/Holiday schedule today.  Normal service will return tomorrow.

Meanwhile, VTA has put together a schedule matrix of bus services that will be detoured today, due to various Independence day activities.  The matrix also includes information on enhanced light rail service to fireworks shows in downtown San Jose, Great America, and Lake Almaden this evening.

Please stay safe and sane today and tonight.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Here Comes the Rain Again

Silicon Valley will have lots of showers this weekend, and next week.  According to the National Weather Service, showers are expected in the area starting Friday night, and lasting up until next Thursday.

Plan on taking Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses, light rail, or Caltrain during this wet weather period? There’s a guide available to show you how to take public transit and stay safe in wet weather.  This guide will be especially useful for those of you visiting Silicon Valley to attend the College Football National Championship Game and festivities now thru January 7.  For you locals, the guide will prove useful when taking public transit for post-Christmas shopping, Mineta San Jose International Airport, or farmers’ markets.

Don’t forget to follow @svtransitupdts on Twitter for the latest Silicon Valley public transit information, guides, and tips.  Here’s how YOU can help contribute to that Twitter feed.

Stay safe and dry on your travels this weekend.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

National Championship Transit Options

Levi’s Stadium, east of Great America light rail station.

College football’s national championship game comes to the Bay Area for the first time.  On January 7 at 5pm, college football’s National Championship game will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.  The Clemson Tigers face the Alabama Crimson Tide for major college football’s national championship.

This post will help detail Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) public transit options to and from fan events in San Jose and Santa Clara on January 4-7.  These options help you beat expected traffic gridlock, parking woes, and potential road rage incidents at the events.  This post will also help detail a local guide for first-time public transit riders – especially those visiting San Jose and Santa Clara from out of town.  Read on below for more information…

Happy New Year 2019!

On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

On Tuesday, all public transit agencies serving Silicon Valley like Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Caltrain, and SamTrans will run a Sunday/Holiday schedule.

All three transit agencies will have FREE service on the night of New Year’s Eve (about 8pm), until early morning on New Year’s Day (about 5am). This includes VTA, Caltrain, and SamTrans.

Please make sure to take advantage of these FREE transit services on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – especially if you have been drinking.  To help you use public transit on New Year’s Eve – and any other time – read our new First Time Transit User guide.

Have a safe and sane New Year!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Collision With Fatalities On Mtn. View-Winchester Light Rail Line

On Sunday afternoon, a car vs. VTA light rail collision on Lincoln and Auzrerais in San Jose occurred. Two people in the car that was struck were killed in Sunday afternoon’s collision. VTA ran shuttle buses between Convention Center and Fruitdale stations in both directions after the collision on Sunday.

Repair crews were able to fix the tracks and overhead wiring last night.  As of 6am Monday morning, VTA light rail service has been restored thru the accident area.  Until further notice, light rail trains are moving at 5 mph thru the area of the collision.

Do you ride the Mountain View-Winchester light rail line between Campbell and downtown San Jose? Plan on adding at least 15 minutes’ more travel time.

Our condolences go out to both people who perished in the collision.  In addition, our condolences go out to the VTA light rail operator and affected passengers, as well as outside witnesses of the collision.

More information will be posted as confirmed information warrants.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users