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More News Coming Up

I’ve been busy with recent day job training and projects. This is why you have not seen updates to the site or group lately.

Some great news about the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be made available soon. Stay tuned.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Never Forget 5/26

2 VTA light rail trains stopped at Santa Teresa station. Both trains are white, with the blue VTA logo with mask at the front. Camera is on the platfrom facing both stopped train cars.
Two VTA light rail cars parked at Santa Teresa Light Rail Station. Picture taken 5/28/2021.

May 26, 2021 is a day that will live in local, Silicon Valley infamy. At around 6:30am, a mass shooting took place at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Guadalupe light rail yard in San Jose. Nine (9) light rail employees were shot to death. The shooter ultimately turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.

Here’s how it was reported here. The report also includes VTA Radio communication as the tragedy occurred. Listen to the audio at your own discretion.

I will personally visit the offices of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 as well as VTA headquarters today, to pay respects on behalf of our group.

Where were you on the morning of May 26, 2021? How are you remembering the tragedy that took place? Please comment below.

More later on today.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Transit Events Calendar Now Available…and More

Per reader request, a local transit events calendar has now been installed on the web site.  The calendar will help list public transit, bike/pedestrian, and paratransit events and meetings hosted by other citizen groups throughout Silicon Valley.  This will include our own live group meetings.

Examples of entries already present in the events calendar:

In the future, the Event Calendar will also include Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)-hosted public workshops and public meetings.

Hear about a public transit, bicycle/pedestrian, or paratransit meeting or event in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County?  Please let us know at least 7 days in advance of the event so that it can be added to the event calendar.

One more thing:  there have been reports of people not receiving confirmation email when subscribing to new posts or comments.  When you initially subscribe to be notified of new posts or comments to posts, please check your “Junk Mail,” “Junk E-Mail” or “SPAM” folders for the confirmation email.  That confirmation email is sent to ensure your email address is not being abused in any manner.  Click the URL link in the confirmation email to confirm your subscription; otherwise, ignore and delete the confirmation email.

Enjoy the rest of this big Bay Area concert weekend safely and sanely.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Two New Website Features

Per your email suggestions, two more features have been added to the web site.  Details on these new features are highlighted below.

Being Notified Of New Site Posts

The first of the new features to our web site: being notified of new posts.

After entering your first name and email address, you will be notified by email to verify your subscription.  (This helps prevent abuse.) You will also be given a choice of what specific types of posts to be notified for.  (Advocacy, bike/ped, bus, rail et al.) By default, you will be notified of all post types made.  You will also be given full options – including unsubscribe – to what posts to be notified of.

Your email address will NOT be given to any third party without your written, signed, and dated consent.

Subscribing to Comments On Individual Posts

The second new feature involves being notified of comments made in posts.  You can find this new feature below where you enter comments.

After verifying your subscription to comments for an individual post, you will be notified every time someone makes a new comment for a post.  You will given full options to unsubscribe to comments.

As with new post notifications, your email address will NOT be given to any third party without your written, signed, and dated consent.

Other Features Upcoming

In the works here, are a first-time transit rider’s guide and an online calendar of transit-related events and meetings.  Look for announcements on these features soon.

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users