The transit riders are starting their fight back. On September 5, more than 20 people made themselves heard at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors’ meeting. Their prime demand: reallocate 2016 Measure B funding that would have gone to highway construction, to fund increased bus and light rail service in Santa Clara County. View the video above (starting at the 26:00 mark) for how these people – myself included are fighting back.
A HUGE “Thank You” goes to those who spoke up at the September 5 VTA meeting. A story on San Jose Spotlighthas more details. A follow-up letter will be sent to VTA management inquiring on the date and time of a workshop where reallocation will be discussed.
This weekend, we will have additional tips on how people like YOU can help make public transit in Santa Clara County better for everyone.
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users
On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day.
As a reminder, all Silicon Valley transit agencies like Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are running on a Sunday/Holiday schedule today. Normal service will return tomorrow.
Meanwhile, VTA has put together a schedule matrix of bus services that will be detoured today, due to various Independence day activities. The matrix also includes information on enhanced light rail service to fireworks shows in downtown San Jose, Great America, and Lake Almaden this evening.
Please stay safe and sane today and tonight.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Riders board the VTA’s 10 FREE Airport shuttle bus in Santa Clara.
Could a public transit worker strike in Silicon Valley be on the horizon? ATU Local 265 – the labor union representing VTA’s bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics, and other workers will take a final vote on VTA’s “Best, Last, and Final Offer” on Wednesday.
VTA and ATU Local 265 have been in talks on a new labor contract since last August. Talks have been at an impasse over wages, pensions, and operational efficiencies. VTA’s latest offer was provided to ATU Local 265 on May 10.
A new name for a popular bike sharing program. A reopening date for the rebuilt Transbay Terminal is revealed. A better group calendar. One of our members starts an online group for Highway 17 Express Bus riders. Finally, our newest member gets commended by a San Jose City Council member.