Tried to take a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) lately? Ever been left stranded due to the bus being at its safe capacity limits? You’re not alone. The chart above shows nearly 1,400 riders per day are stranded by full VTA buses who pass them. That’s enough to fill two sections of the where the Sharks, 49ers, or Earthquakes play at. Bus lines like the 22, 25, 66, and 68 are just some examples where we’ve read reports of riders left stranded.
VTA has the money, courtesy of the Federal government, to fix this NOW. They also have the money to help improve safety on its bus and light rail fleet NOW. Here’s details on how YOU, me, and our fellow riders can make VTA make it happen…
Public transit service in Silicon Valley – and throughout the nation – is in dire straits. Many factors have caused large losses in ridership and fares for transit agencies like the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and other transit agencies nationwide. Among these factors:
If at all possible, speak up during Public Comment at the VTA Board of Directors’ workshop on Friday morning at 9:00am. There, Board Members will discuss the service cut proposals on Agenda Item 3.1. Let the VTA Board know what public transit means to YOU, and that they must do whatever is needed to preserve your bus service. One of the VTA Board members supports use of 2016 Measure B funding to preserve as much transit service as possible.
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.
Some members on the San Jose City Council think you, as a transit rider, don’t matter. On Tuesday January 28, the San Jose City Council will vote on sending a letter to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) opposing reallocation of funding to help increase bus and light rail service throughout Santa Clara County.
Details on what is going on – and how YOU can help stop this letter – are below.