On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone here a Happy Independence Day.
A reminder: ALL transit agencies serving Silicon Valley are running on a Sunday/Holiday schedule today. This includes Caltrain, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), SamTrans, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) trains, and the Dumbarton Express bus service. Normal weekday service and schedules will return tomorrow.
Here’s a quick guide to public transit options for some Independence Day events throughout the Bay Area today. Much of this will help you avoid drunk driving, parking hassles, and traffic gridlock to and from the festivities.
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Changes to Silicon Valley bus and rail schedules are being made this month. As regular service is being operated today (October 9), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) made changes to several bus line schedules in Santa Clara County. Some of the schedule changes enable better connections with the Caltrain commuter rail service. Read up on the service changes here and learn how YOU will be affected by these changes.
Speaking of Caltrain: several fare changes were made on October 1:
- The price of a monthly Caltrain parking pass was raised from $55.00 to $82.50. This is because Caltrain changed their basis of a “month” to 15 days from 10 days.
- Caltrain riders will pay an additional 25 cents per zone they travel
- Caltrain 8-ride tickets are no longer available for purchase. Current 8-ride tickets will no longer be valid after October 31.
This is in addition to the changes Caltrain made to its Monday thru Friday schedule, to increase “operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.” These changes were approved by Caltrain’s Joint Powers Board back in August.
What are your thoughts on the schedule and fare changes at VTA and Caltrain? Please discuss them in comments below.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
The biggest concert weekend of the year takes place this weekend in the Bay Area. Several huge concerts and music festivals will take place in San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Jose.
Expect standing room only (SRO) conditions on Caltrain from Friday thru Sunday. This is because fans traveling to and from these concerts will be riding with normal commuters.
This guide will show you bus and rail options to help you beat traffic gridlock and parking hassles at these events. Options even detail some private shuttle bus options to and from these events.
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On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July. This post details public transit service to and from all Independence Day celebration events throughout the South Bay.
Of note: there is NO BART service between Fremont and South Hayward in both directions due to track work until Tuesday. BART is running free shuttle buses between South Hayward, Union City, and Fremont in all directions. Taking BART to the East Bay from Fremont? Allow at least 30 minutes additional travel time.
Otherwise, all Silicon Valley transit agencies such as VTA, Caltrain, and SamTrans will run a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday. Service hours will return to normal on Tuesday.
Here are your public transit alternatives to Fourth of July events, below.
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Bay to Breakers runniers. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.
This weekend in the South Bay features events such as Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, an art festival in Los Altos, and a hockey playoff viewing party in San Jose. To that end, here are public transit options to and from these events, to help you beat traffic gridlock and parking woes. Details follow…
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