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.
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Chair will see some of his managers this week.San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo – also VTA Board Chair this year – will be our guest at our group’s upcoming meeting this Thursday in San Jose.
TIME/DATE: Thursday, April 26 at 6pm PLACE: San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th Street (between Santa Clara and San Fernando Streets), San Jose GETTING THERE: Many VTA bus lines like the 22, 522 Rapid, 72, 73 and Highway 17 Express stop near the Peace and Justice Center. There is limited bicycle and automobile parking behind the building, so it’s advisable to take public transit to and from the building. There is also wheelchair access behind the building.
The agenda and a toll-free dial-in number to the meeting follow…
The last Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors’ meeting of 2017 took place on December 7. There, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was voted unopposed as the VTA Board Of Directors’ Chair for 2018. Also, Santa Clara City Councilmember Teresa O’Neill was voted 9-2 over Cupertino’s Sadia Vaidhyanathan for Vice Chair in 2018.
You can view all four hours of the last VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting of 2017 here. Or, read on for a summary of what was decided at this VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting.
Moderator and four panelists at last Sunday’s Regional Planning Forum in Cupertino, where our group met.
Silicon Valley’s housing and traffic crises are already well documented. Our group gathered in Cupertino last Sunday to discover and hear what can be done to resolve these crises. The four panelists at last Sunday’s Regional Planning Forum in Cupertino were:
Kansen Chu, 25th Assembly Member, California State Assembly
“Chappie” Jones, San Jose City Council Member
Richard Bernhardt, CEO of Bernhardt Communications and Strategy
Tom DuBois, Palo Alto City Council Member
Part 1 of the Regional Planning Forum can be viewed below:
Part 2 of the Regional Planning Forum (the Question and Answer portion) can be viewed below:
A special Thank You goes to Better Cupertino for hosting this forum. Please view both videos above. You will learn some things from both videos.
After viewing both videos in full, please share your thoughts on what needs to be done to address Silicon Valley’s traffic and housing problems. Also, indicate what YOU are willing to do to help solve these issues.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Instead of our usual group meeting in San Jose this coming Thursday, let’s instead meet on a Sunday afternoon in Cupertino. There, Better Cupertino will host a public meeting on regional planning, and what must be done to solve the Bay Area’s transportation, housing, and infrastructure maintenance needs.
WHEN: Sunday, October 29th from 3pm-5pm WHERE: Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave. (between Rodrigues Ave. and Pacifica Dr.), Cupertino GETTING THERE: Cupertino Community Hall is 1.5 blocks south of Stevens Creek Blvd. and S. De Anza Blvd. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from VTA’s 55 bus line at S. De Anza Blvd and Sunrise Dr. It’s also a 10-15 minute walk from the VTA’s 23 and 323 limited stop bus lines at Stevens Creek Blvd. and S. De Anza Blvd.
I’ll see you all on October 29 in Cupertino.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users