As of July 5, it has been 40 days since the tragic shootings of May 26 at Guadalupe Rail Yard in San Jose. It’s been that long since VTA light rail service last ran.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, VTA ran shuttle buses along the light rail line – sometimes with buses and drivers from other agencies. The Twitter photo above documents this.
Due to “limited staffing,” VTA stopped these shuttle buses after June 1. Today, it’s now been 35 days since shuttle bus service ran along the light rail line after service was suspended from the shootings of May 26. This second tragedy stemming from the May 26 shootings has caused over 4,000 current light rail riders to find other means to get to work or medical appointments.
Below: how YOU can help have VTA restore shuttle buses to run in place of light rail, until that system is fully ready again.
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.
The stage is set for Sunday afternoon in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. Can’t make it to Miami for the Big Game between San Francisco and Kansas City? There are local parties at bars, clubs, and restaurants throughout Santa Clara County.