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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

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, let’s thank our fallen brothers and sisters in our Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives for our Republic.  They remind us that the freedom we enjoy (and sometimes take for granted) is never free.

This is also a reminder that all Silicon Valley transit agencies like Caltrain, SamTrans, VTA, and BART are running on a Sunday/Holiday schedule today.  Normal weekday service will resume on Tuesday.

Let’s make sure today is meaningful for those who have lost a family member who served in our Armed Forces.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Happy New Year!

Courtesy http://www.happynewyear2015pictures.net

Courtesy http://www.happynewyear2015pictures.net

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

Starting at 8pm, New Year’s Eve (Thursday) Caltrain, SamTrans, San Francisco MUNI and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will have FREE transit services. These serve as an alternate to driving drunk, and expensive taxicabs and ride-sharing costs. These transit agencies will also have additional service to handle expected overcrowding; check the links for each transit agency for more details.

On New Year’s Day (Friday) these and other transit agencies will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Make sure to read a guide of transit services running over the New Year’s holiday.  Weekday services for all transit agencies will return on Monday.

We hope you use these transit tips to safely get to and from your New Year’s Eve parties. Let’s be careful out there tonight!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

 

Coming Up…

Highlights of last night’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Open House in Sunnyvale

How VTA has actually improved bus and light rail service for events at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

VTA Board Meeting Notes-Sept. 1, 2011

Last night, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors approved a BART Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to govern work on the initial phase of bringing BART into Silicon Valley. The VTA Board also approved a labor agreement with its unions (SEIU and TACA) and also approved a land purchase near Eastridge Mall in San Jose. The goal of the Eastridge Mall land purchase was to rebuild and reconfigure the Eastridge Mall Transit Center to make it more user-friendly and more accessible for bus (and future light rail) riders going to the mall.

The most disturbing part of last night’s VTA Board meeting came during the “Public Presentations” portion at the beginning of the meeting. During “Public Presentations” two (2) black VTA bus drivers mentioned that 1 passenger had been making racial slurs at them on multiple occasions, and had requested VTA to take action against this passenger.

As a fellow VTA bus passenger who is also black, this disturbs me. It should also disturb other racial minorities as well. Not to be preachy or anything, but we have to learn to respect one another. At minimum, this passenger making these racial slurs must be identified ASAP, arrested by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with disturbing the peace. My greatest fear is that, left unchecked and unpunished, this passenger will resort to violence to express his (or her) racial hatred.

If you take any VTA bus or light rail train, and you see someone using racial slurs against another, call it out to them. If you are experiencing this as a bus driver or light rail operator, I would not only contact my line supervisor, but also I would directly call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office (or VTA Protective Services) and have the offending passenger removed from the vehicle with proper legal charges filed.

If there is one thing that does NOT belong on public transportation, it is racism and disrespect toward others. It not only serves to destroy transit ridership, it also reflects poorly on our society.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users