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Show Them YOU Matter

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VTA articulated bus 8335.

Your help is needed again, at the regional transit level.  On Monday, help the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) get more funding from part II of the COVID-19 CARES Act Federal Stimulus package.  You can do this at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Transit Recovery Task Force meeting at 2pm.  There, they will discuss how to divvy up the remaining funds for other Bay Area transit agencies.

We’ve been informed that all 27 transit agencies in the Bay Area are fighting over the funds now.  VTA is advocating for one funding option (2b) that includes equity in the formula used to distribute the funds.  Meanwhile, other agencies like BART and Caltrain are fighting against it.

Here’s more of what YOU can do to help on Monday afternoon.

Cleanup Time

Read on about how the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is ensuing its personnel, buses, and light rail vehicles are kept clean and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transit, COVID-19, and YOU

You’ve heard of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by now.  The pandemic has had an adverse effect on the ridership, revenue, and service for VTA, Caltrain, and many other transit agencies.

Take VTA to Milpitas or Cupertino? Face coverings in Milpitas, Palo Alto, and Cupertino are now mandatory for travel within these cities.  They join Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County, and other areas where face coverings are mandatory.  As of May 4, face coverings are mandatory for riding all VTA buses and light rail.  VTA joins Caltrain, SamTrans, BART and other transit agencies nationwide in having a “No Mask – No Ride” policy.  All of this is until further notice.  All of this is until further notice.

Want the latest transit information, news, and even financial tips for workers affected by “shelter in place” from COVID-19? We have a page for that.

Reeling In the “Rail Big Fish”

This post is in response to an article in Metro Silicon Valley on allegations of cronyism on a project VTA is doing design work on.  That project involves the renovation and modern redesign of San Jose Diridon train station, served by VTA buses, light rail, Amtrak, Caltrain, intercity bus services.  The station will serve as a stop for California High-Speed Rail in the future..  VTA just gave its response to the article, denying the allegations.

Note that the post is NOT an indication of any group position on the matter.  This is simply my take on the latest local transit news.