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The VTA's 2008 Bus Service Restructuring Proposal
and How YOU Are Affected

(as of April 4, 2007)

Background and Overall Impact 

As part of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) plan, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans to restructure bus service in three stages.  The first stage begins this July. In Morgan Hill and Gilroy, bus lines 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 would use smaller buses, similar to those currently serving Los Gatos on the 48 and 49 bus lines. The next stage will be implemented in January 2008 and the last stage in July 2008.

SCVTARU obtained a draft copy of the plan at the VTA's "Transit Planning and Operations" (TP&O) Committee back in March

The overall plan would result in a 10-12% decrease in rush hour bus service, but nearly a 5% increase in midday bus service and a 7% increase in weekend bus service.  The proposed plan is below:

Current and Proposed Community Bus Services 

Lines to be converted to Community Bus Routes with smaller buses, like those currently serving Los Gatos, and operated by VTA in-house:

All outsourced VTA shuttle services (River Oaks and Great America light rail shuttles, and the DASH downtown San Jose shuttle) will be brought in-house to VTA.

Bus Lines Proposed To Be Made "Rapid" Similar To the 522 

Proposed New Express Bus Lines 

Proposed New Local Bus Lines  

Proposed Bus Service Increases 

Bus Lines Proposed to LOSE Service 

Proposed Bus Route Modifications 

Bus Lines Proposed To Be Eliminated 

Who Benefits In the Bus Restructuring Proposal? 

Who Loses? 

San Jose City College students, via elimination of direct service between downtown San Jose and City College on Bascom and Interstate 280 with the proposed elimination of the 85 bus line.

Students at Foothill College and DeAnza College.  The 52 bus line would lose direct service between Foothill College and Mountain View's Caltrain/Light Rail station. Worse, the proposal would eliminate all bus service between the two colleges, as well as all bus service south of DeAnza College.

Los Altos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the Almaden and Evergreen foothills areas of San Jose, with reductions or eliminations in bus service. 

Gavilan College students living in Morgan Hill or San Martin, who would have to transfer at the Gilroy Caltrain station to reach the campus instead of having a one-seat ride on the 68 bus line.

Workers in the industrial areas of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara who are not near light rail or Caltrain, with the loss of the 140 express bus to and from Fremont BART station.

Residents in the northern Sunnyhills area of Milpitas.  They would lose access to the 140 Express bus and the 77 local bus under the proposal. 

How Can I Make My Voice Heard On VTA's Bus Service Restructuring Proposal? 

The VTA Board of Directors will discuss the proposal at its meeting this Thursday, April 5, at 5:30pm at the County Supervisors' Chambers, 70 W. Hedding Street in San Jose.  The discussion will be item #14 on the agenda.

Before that, the VTA Board of Directors will vote on the proposed community bus service conversions in Morgan Hill and Gilroy as agenda item #11.  Can't make the VTA Board meeting this Thursday?  Call VTA's administration number at (408)321-5680 and express your comments to the Board members there.

VTA will hold meetings on the proposal throughout May.  Watch our website for details as circumstances (and facts) warrant.

--Many SCVTARU members contributed to this report thru our email list.

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Disclaimer: The Santa Clara VTA Riders Union (SCVTARU) is NOT affiliated with the Valley Transportation Authority in any way whatsoever.