They All Did Good At Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 crowd goes to VTA light rail after the game has ended.

Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara is now history. Congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50 last Sunday over Carolina by a score of 24-10.

A big “Thank You” goes to BART, Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for providing public transit to and from Super Bowl 50. VTA carried 9,500 fans to and from Super Bowl 50. Of that number, 60% of them transferred from light rail to Caltrain in Mountain View, according to Mass Transit Magazine.

Here’s how those who took VTA and Caltrain saw Super Bowl 50…

Pre-Game

Meanwhile, aboard Caltrain from San Francisco…

And in Mountain View…

Meanwhile, on VTA light rail…

Post-Game

After the game was played and the trophy awarded, at the Mountain View Caltrain station…

and on a VTA light rail train from Levi’s Stadium…

All the good service by Caltrain and VTA on Super Bowl Sunday was summed up by this tweet:

Two Known Transit Issues on Super Bowl Sunday

There were a couple of transut issues found – both of which in Mountain View. The first of which was lack of signage detailing rerouting for the VTA’s 35 bus line in Mountain View on Super Bowl Sunday:

The other involved towing of cars in Mountain View the night before Super Bowl 50…

In the future, one way both situations can be proactively avoided: contact the public transit agencies at least 48 hours before your trip. This will verify what to expect before traveling by bus, train, or a transit parking lot. In the case of Caltrain (or SamTrans), their phone number is 1(800)660-4287. For VTA buses and light rail. If at all possible, call during normal business hours, to ensure you get the latest information.

When calling, note who you talked and the information they give you. If necessary, write the questions you want to ask, before you make that call.

Conclusion

To their credit, the NFL, Caltrain and VTA successfully avoided the transit debacle of Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. For VTA in particular, their Levi’s Stadium transit service grew much from the initial transit service to the first Levi’s Stadium event in August 2014.

An equally big “Thank You” first goes to all local, state, and federal agencies who helped secure it all. Without you, all of the safe travel to, at, and from Super Bowl 50 would not be possible.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

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