Over the last week, there have been seven (7) pedestrian deaths in Silicon Valley. One pedestrian death was the result of pedestrian vs. VTA 522 Rapid bus incident in Palo Alto on November 8. Another pedestrian death incident involved a pedestrian vs. car incident in Mountain View on November 10. Making matters worse, were two recent pedestrian vs. train incidents within five days in San Jose, with one pedestrian still fighting for his life. One incident involved Caltrain; the other involved VTA light rail.
About 6 people attended the Silicon Valley Transit Users’ meeting last night. Some notes from that meeting:
Judy P. informed us that our partner, the San Jose Peace & Justice Center, will have a Peace Fair on December 3 in San Jose. We’ll have a small table there.
Chris L. of TransFORM informed us on status on the Valley Transportation Authority’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project along El Camino, Stevens Creek and Alum Rock Ave. While the Alum Rock Ave. portion is 2 years ahead, there are numerous flaws. One flaw along Alum Rock Ave.’s BRT project: sidewalk space is sacrificed for the dedicated bus lane along Alum Rock Ave. in eastern San Jose. There is still time to give input on the Stevens Creek BRT project. He proposed helping us get transit riders in Silicon Valley more involved with the BRT projects.
Megan F. from San Jose Cool Cities echoed Chris L.’s comments and suggestions. She reminded us that Sunnyvale is
We also suggested taking photos inside crowded VTA buses and light rail. This will help counter many of the claims in transit news comment areas that the buses and trains are empty.
Our group is strongly considering support for VTA’s BRT project but will need to correct many of their flaws. More on what BRT is – and what VTA can do to better promote it – are in an upcoming blog post.
Meeting started at 6:15pm and ended at 6:45pm.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Our group’s next meeting takes place this Thursday at 6pm.
WHERE: San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 49 S. 7th St. (Off E. Santa Clara St.), San Jose.
GETTING THERE: VTA’s 22, 23, 64 and 522 Rapid bus lines stop 50 yards from the Center. It’s 1/2 block frm San Jose State University and the 72, 73 and Highway 17 Express bus lines.
We will discuss the following at Thursday’s meeting:
- VTA bus rapid transit (BRT) projects for El Camino Real & Alum Rock
- The current status of transportation reauthorization in Congress
Any other concerns you have can and must be brought up first.
See you this Thursday!
Founder, Silicon Valley Tranit Users