Even in a global pandemic, one New Year’s Eve public transit tradition continues. Transit agencies like Caltrain, SamTrans, and VTA will have free fares for their bus & rail service starting around 8pm. This despite Santa Clara County’s “shelter in place” health orders in effect until further notice.
Pandemic protection rules such as social distancing and mask wearing on board will still apply. Per health department directives, avoid crowds to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Read on for a summary of who’s offering what services on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and when.
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.
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