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.
Passengers boarding the VTA 181 express bus to Fremont BART station in downtown San Jose.
Bus and light rail restructuring throughout Santa Clara County has been put off until 2018. The Silicon Valley Transit Users just received official word from VTA that the BART extension to Milpitas and Berryessa in San Jose has been moved until June 2018 due to “system integration and testing.”
The VTA Board of Directors received word of the BART extension delay from staff at the August 3 Board of Directors’ meeting in San Jose. This means that the VTA “Next Network” transit restructuring has been moved until at least 2018.
This is a big summer weekend in Silicon Valley. First, there’s the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival in South County happening this weekend. Also, you have two concerts this Saturday and Sunday night at the SAP Center in downtown San Jose. Finally, there is a San Jose Earthquakes soccer match vs. Colorado at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on Saturday afternoon at 4:45pm.
This transit guide will detail the bus and rail alternatives to traffic gridlock and parking hassles.
The first Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors’ meeting in 2017 will have a different site. Due to a power outage at the County Government Offices, the VTA Board meeting was moved to the auditorium at VTA’s headquarters at 3331 N. First Street in San Jose. Elaine Baltao, VTA Board Secretary, informed me around 11:30am about this move.
You can get to VTA’s headquarters by taking light rail to River Oaks light rail station, or the 58 bus line. Here is a map of the area.
Up for discussion at this Board of Directors’ meeting: