Table of Contents
- Contacting the VTA Board of Directors Office Itself
- How YOU Can Lobby For Better Transit At Your City/Town Hall
- VTA Board Members
- VTA Board Of Directors’ Alternates
- VTA General Manager’s Contact Info
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors sets Santa Clara County’s bus, rail and highway policy. The Board has 12 voting members, six alternate Board members, and (currently) one (1) ex-officio members. All Board members are elected officials appointed to serve on the VTA Board by the councils of the cities or towns they represent. (In other words, you cannot run for VTA Board, and you cannot vote board members on or off the board.)
Unless otherwise indicated, the VTA Board of Directors meets every first Thursday of the month at 5:30pm. They meet at the County Supervisors’ Chambers at Santa Clara County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street, in San Jose. Here is a map and directions to the County Government Center.
During all public comment, you always face the VTA Board members and staff directly at the front of the stage. Read these tips on how to be heard at any VTA Board of Directors’ meeting.
Contacting the VTA Board of Directors Office Itself
You can reach the entire VTA Board at the address below:
Office of the Board Secretary Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 3331 N. First Street, Building B-2 San Jose, CA 95134-1906 phone (408)321-5680 fax (408)955-0891
This will forward your comment to each of the twelve (12) members of VTA Board. In addition, you can request to be added to a mailing list where you receive VTA Board and Committee agendas and meeting dates via the Board Secretary address above. These are the same sources used by the press and other elected officials in reporting on and learning about transit policy in the South Bay.
How YOU Can Lobby For Better Transit At Your City/Town Hall
To assist you in directly expressing your transit needs to the VTA Board member of your city, we also encourage you to attend and speak out for those needs at your city council meeting. Each VTA Board member’s contact also includes the address and phone number of their city hall, as well as when your city council meets. City council meetings allow you to speak during the “open comment” or “public presentation” period, typically at the beginning of the meeting. If you know you can’t go to a VTA Board meeting or workshop, it is vital that you speak out for your transit needs at your city council meeting.
Unless otherwise noted, city or town council meetings take place at the city hall or town hall the street address indicated with each VTA Board Member’s mailing address. Please contact your city hall or town hall for specific rules on speaking out during city council meetings, or if you are disabled and need assistance in speaking out at a city council meeting.
For instance, as the county seat and largest city in Santa Clara County, San Jose has five (5) of the twelve (12) VTA Board seats. San Jose’s City Council meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., although certain meeting dates may be canceled. In addition, evening sessions are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Unless otherwise announced, the meeting place is at the City Council Chambers San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Mailing address for all listed council members is 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, unless otherwise noted, meets on Thursdays at 9am at the County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding Street in San Jose. More information on meetings of the County Supervisors can be found here or by calling the Supervisors’ Clerk at (408)299-4321 first.
San Jose residents who do not specifically live in districts represented by VTA Board Members should Mayor Sam Liccardo. Mayor Liccardo’s contact information is below.
VTA Board Members
Below are the current members of the VTA Board of Directors, by title on the Board. Note that VTA Board alternates (listed below) can replace absent members at any Board of Directors meeting.
- Glenn Hendricks (VTA Board Chair for 2021), Vice Mayor, City of Sunnyvale. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – phone (408)242-8384
- Charles “Chappie” Jones (VTA Board Vice Chair for 2021), San Jose Vice Mayor and City Council Member, District 1. Email: email@example.com – phone (408)535-4901. District One covers western San Jose.
- Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 2. (District covers eastern San Jose.) President, Board Of Supervisors. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – phone (408) 299-5020.
- Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose. Email: email@example.com – phone (408)535-4800.
- Sergio Jimenez, San Jose City Council Member, District 2. Email: District2@sanjoseca.gov – phone (408)535-4902. District one covers southern San Jose.
- Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose City Council Member, District 5. District covers East San Jose. Email: District5@sanjoseca.gov – phone (408)535-4905.
- Raul Peralez, San Jose City Council Member, District 3. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – phone (408)535-4903. District includes the downtown San Jose area (that Sam Liccardo used to represent before becoming Mayor).
- Carmen Montano, Vice Mayor, City of Milpitas. Email: email@example.com – phone (408) 586-3024
- Joseph Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 5. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. - phone (408)299-5050
- Rich Constantine, Mayor, City of Morgan Hill . Email: email@example.com – phone (408)310-4647.
- Darcy Paul, Mayor, City of Cupertino. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – phone (408)777-3195.
- Pat Burt, Vice Mayor, City of Palo Alto. Email: Patrick.Burt@cityofpaloalto.org – phone (650)388-8639.
Ex-officio Board members
- Margaret Abe-Koga, Council Member, City of Mountain View. Email: email@example.com – phone (650)903-6304
VTA Board Of Directors’ Alternates
- Rob Rennie, Mayor, Town of Los Gatos. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – phone (408)354-6801.
- Devora “Dev” Davis, San Jose City Council Member, District 6. Email: email@example.com – phone (408)535-4906.
VTA General Manager’s Contact Info
Carolyn Gonot serves as the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Here is how to reach Ms. Gonot:
Carolyn Gonot, General Manager & CEO Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 3331 N. First Street, Building B San Jose, CA 95134-1906 phone (408)321-5559 fax (408)955-0891 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The General Manager reports to the VTA Board of Directors, listed above.