Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He was born on January 15, 1929.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), BART and SamTrans are running their regular weekday schedule today. Caltrain is running a special, modified schedule today as well. By regular weekday schedule, it means the modified service hours for each agency due to the ongoing global pandemic.
Here’s Dr. King’s famous speech from the March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
Some of our goals in 2021 – including an action item for an upcoming VTA Workshop this Friday morning – will be in our next two posts. This and other information on the site will be updated throughout the week to reflect local transit leadership in 2021.
Overall, we still have work to do to help achieve Dr. King’s dream. Let’s get to it.
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users
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.
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Riders boarding VTA’s 68 bus in San Jose.
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:
Also, lost revenue from sales taxes and gas taxes have caused VTA and other transit agencies in the nation to have large operating shortfalls. One result locally: a proposal by VTA to reduce transit service by as much as 30%. If approved, service reductions would take effect on February 8, 2021.
Read and learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected VTA and other transit agencies nationwide. We’ll also have ways people like YOU can help prevent massive service cuts that VTA is proposing now.
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