This year, the last VTA Board Of Directors‘ meeting for 2017 will start at 5:30pm. Note that it is not the normal 9am or other morning time, due to other meetings in the County around that time. A welcome and refreshing break from previous years.
Amongst what will be voted on at Thursday’s VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting:
A new Chair and Vice Chair will be elected for 2018
A $760,000 contract for modifying VTA light rail ticket machines to dispense new Clipper Cards
A $3.243 million contract for certifying paratransit services
A policy for “commuter shuttle” rules and regulations at VTA bus stops and transit centers
The Palo Alto Daily Post reported that current VTA Board Chair Jeannie Bruins of Los Altos will be replaced next year by Mountain View City Council member John McAlister. McAlister will represent the Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills on the VTA Board of Directors.
Also, were you affected by the lack of extra bus and rail service for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium last Friday? Come speak up about it at Thursday’s VTA Board of Directors’ meeting, in the Public Comment time period at the beginning of the meeting.
WHEN: Thursday at 5:30pm WHERE: County Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St. (at North 1st Street), San Jose. GETTING THERE: Government Center is 1 block north of Civic Center light rail station. Take VTA’s 61, 62, 66 or 181 express bus lines to Civic Center light rail station, then walk 1 block north to the County Government Center. Read the map detailing the Government Center area for additional information.
See you on Thursday.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Moderator and four panelists at last Sunday’s Regional Planning Forum in Cupertino, where our group met.
Silicon Valley’s housing and traffic crises are already well documented. Our group gathered in Cupertino last Sunday to discover and hear what can be done to resolve these crises. The four panelists at last Sunday’s Regional Planning Forum in Cupertino were:
Kansen Chu, 25th Assembly Member, California State Assembly
“Chappie” Jones, San Jose City Council Member
Richard Bernhardt, CEO of Bernhardt Communications and Strategy
Tom DuBois, Palo Alto City Council Member
Part 1 of the Regional Planning Forum can be viewed below:
Part 2 of the Regional Planning Forum (the Question and Answer portion) can be viewed below:
A special Thank You goes to Better Cupertino for hosting this forum. Please view both videos above. You will learn some things from both videos.
After viewing both videos in full, please share your thoughts on what needs to be done to address Silicon Valley’s traffic and housing problems. Also, indicate what YOU are willing to do to help solve these issues.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
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.
BART tunnel options won’t be the only things the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors will discuss this evening. Besides discussion of “single-bore” vs. “twin-bore” tunnel choices for the BART subway in downtown San Jose, the VTA Board Of Directors will vote on spending over $3 million of your tax dollars on 64 Braun Entervan paratransit vehicles for its ACCESS paratransit program.
The VTA Board will also vote on spending $847,743 of your tax dollars on parts needed to heat and cool the light rail vehicles.
WHEN: This evening at 5:30pm WHERE: Santa Clara County Supervisors’ Chambers, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
Last month, I wanted to experiment with providing a brief summary of a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors meeting. Your feedback demanded more information be provided for such summaries. So, in the future, more detail will be provided for such summaries.
That said, the September 7 VTA Board Of Directors Meeting and follow-up workshops revealed a potential conflict of interest in a formed sales tax measure watchdog group. They also confirmed routing for two bus lines, once the BART extension to Milpitas and Berryessa comes online. Finally, conflict was revealed between VTA and BART over how a tunnel for BART in downtown San Jose should be built.
Detailed information on all of this (in chronological order) is below.