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
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.
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Ride Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Dumbarton Express, or SamTrans buses to the Palo Alto Transit Center? Due to a pavement repair project on University Circle, the Palo Alto Transit Center will be closed from August 8 at 4am until September 22.
Learn how YOU will be affected by the Transit Center’s temporary closure below.
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Huge changes to your bus and light rail service in Santa Clara County will be discussed this week. At Thursday evening’s VTA Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board members will further discuss what VTA staff proposed under the “Next Network” transit service restructuring proposal.
If you haven’t done so already, read up on VTA’s “Next Network” proposal. Learn whether or not it may be made harder for you to reach your job, school, or doctor by public transit in Santa Clara County this fall. This is especially true if you live in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Almaden Valley, or some parts of Palo Alto, Mountain View or Sunnyvale. This is also true if you take any of the VTA express buses from Fremont, as they are proposed to be eliminated when BART opens in December.
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VTA staff member presentation at Santa Clara City Council Feb. 7.
The week of February 12 will be of note in parts of San Jose and Gilroy. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will hold the last three (3) public meetings for its “Next Network” transit service restructuring proposal on Feburary 13, 15 and 16. The meetings start at 6pm and last about two (2) hours. VTA has published additional information on your input regarding the “Next Network” so far.
Not only do we have talking points and site information for these three meetings the week of February 12, we also have additional news that has come up. More information follows…
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