Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving day and long weekend.

All Silicon Valley bus and train services are running on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday). This includes Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus and light rail trains, Caltrain, and the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train service between Stockton and San Jose.

All services are expected to return to normal service on Monday.

Follow @svtransitupdts on Twitter for all Silicon Valley public transit updates this long weekend.

Please stay safe and sane this weekend!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

VTA’s “GovDelivery” Doesn’t Always Deliver

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has an alert system managed by GovDelivery. The system is supposed to alert subscribers of delays affecting any and all bus and light rail service in Santa Clara County.

Greta Helm, VTA’s Chief External Affairs Officer, was at our last group meeting last Thursday. I inquired to her specifically about this issue. Notes on that meeting will be available shortly.

It seems VTA’s implementation of GovDelivery for alerts doesn’t always tell you everything. Details on what’s going on – and how YOU can help to fix it – are available after the More… jump.

We’re On SoundCloud!

The Silicon Valley Transit Users is now using SoundCloud instead of PodBean as our podcast area. The switch to SoundCloud allows for more universal access to podcasts of our activities via smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop and laptop computers.

Our first entry in the new podcast area is a recording from the December 4 Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) community meeting to propose extending light rail to Los Gatos.

The recording is nearly two (2) hours long.

Eventually our new podcast area will have recordings of current and prior VTA Board Meetings and workshops, selected radio newscasts involving transit issues in Santa Clara County, and even some of our group activities.


Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users