Weekend Transit Update – 9/11/2021

First, let’s pay homage to those who perished during and after the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Let’s make sure we never forget this date, nor those who perished.

This Sunday, light rail service returns to South San Jose. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will restore light rail service on the Blue Line between Santa Teresa, downtown San Jose, and Baypointe stations on Sunday morning. This will occur more than three months after that portion of light rail was shut down since the shootings of May 26 at Guadalupe Rail Yard.

Our group has also learned that VTA will extend FREE fares on light rail only, until September 30.

Light rail riders of the Green line between Campbell and downtown San Jose still have no current date for the return of light rail service. In the mean time, read our alternate bus guide to the light rail shutdown and learn how bus lines like the 60, 61, and 523 Rapid serve as an alternate to light rail service in that area.

Read on for more to do via public transit in Silicon Valley this weekend.

Get Vaccinated In East San Jose

Ride VTA’s 71 or 77 bus lines to a COVID-19 vaccination site in East San Jose on Saturday from 10am-4pm. The site is the O.B. Whaley Elementary School, 2655 Alvin Ave. (between Bowling Green Dr. and Central Ridge Dr.) in San Jose. Here’s a map of the area, and the VTA bus stops that are a 5-10 minute walk away.

Zoom out of the map above to get an idea of where the bus stops for the 71 and 77 are located.

San Jose Giants

See future San Francisco Giants players play minor league baseball this weekend. On Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 5pm, the San Jose Giants host the Stockton Ports at Excite Ballpark (formerly known as San Jose Municipal Stadium). The stadium is at the southwest corner of E. Alma and Senter streets in San Jose.

Check out our transit guide to San Jose Giants baseball games. It shows you how VTA’s 73 bus line takes you from downtown San Jose to the bus stop for the game, behind the 3rd base side of the ballpark.

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

This year, a scaled-down version of the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival will take place. This year’s festival takes place on Saturday only from 11am-7pm at the parking lot of the Mountain View Transit Center.

Ride Caltrain or VTA light rail’s recently-reopened Orange Line to Mountain View station. Or, take VTA’s 40 bus line to Mountain View station. Also, VTA’s 22 and 522 Rapid bus lines are a 10-15 minute walk away, on El Camino Real and Castro Street.

Conclusion

Not sure how to ride VTA buses or light rail? Make sure to check out our first-time transit rider’s guide to show you how.

Stay safe on public transit this weekend.

Eugene Bradley
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users

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