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:
I did not post a formal agenda for this meeting in time for people to peruse. Also not helping: the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that may affect Highway 17 express bus service thru the area. I’m watching that personally.
Still, we will continue to discuss on our email list, whether to support or oppose Measure B – VTA’s latest transportation sales tax proposal. We will have a formal decision on this issue shortly.
More news coming up…
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users