This week, temperatures in San Jose and the rest of the Bay Area are at record highs.
To address this, we’ve learned that the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is providing FREE rides to Cooling Centers throughout Santa Clara County. Here’s an updated list, as of today.
If you use VTA ACCESS Paratransit, call (408)321-2380 to book a trip to a Cooling Center. Due to demand, expect at least a three-hour wait before you can be picked up.
Rail agencies like BART, Caltrain, and Capitol Corridor ran with heat-related speed restrictions so far this week. This has resulted in delays up to 20 minutes on each of these systems. Expect this to be the case the rest of this week.
Locally, VTA has had issues system-wide due to heat causing breakdowns so far this week.
If at all possible, limit when you go outside for the next few days. Let’s not hear about you having to go to the hospital due to dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke – or worse.
For VTA ACCESS Paratransit riders, please call (408)321-2380 to book a trip to a cooling center. Due to expected demand, please allow at least three (3) hours for pickup.
If you are going out on this hot, long weekend, we have transit guides to some sporting events in Palo Alto and San Jose.
Note that start times to these games may change due to the extreme heat in the area this weekend. Look and listen for news reports on whether or not your game has been delayed or even cancelled due to the heat this weekend.
Inside the Santa Clara County Supervisors’ chambers where VTA Board Of Directors’ meetings are held.
It’s transit budget time again. Thursday’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors meeting will be where they vote to approve – or reject – their proposed budget for the 2020 and 2021 Fiscal Year (FY).
Details on what VTA proposes – and our own alternate to fund additional, much-needed bus increases in Santa Clara County – are below.
This year, the last VTA Board Of Directors‘ meeting for 2017 will start at 5:30pm. Note that it is not the normal 9am or other morning time, due to other meetings in the County around that time. A welcome and refreshing break from previous years.
Amongst what will be voted on at Thursday’s VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting:
A new Chair and Vice Chair will be elected for 2018
A $760,000 contract for modifying VTA light rail ticket machines to dispense new Clipper Cards
A $3.243 million contract for certifying paratransit services
A policy for “commuter shuttle” rules and regulations at VTA bus stops and transit centers
The Palo Alto Daily Post reported that current VTA Board Chair Jeannie Bruins of Los Altos will be replaced next year by Mountain View City Council member John McAlister. McAlister will represent the Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills on the VTA Board of Directors.
Also, were you affected by the lack of extra bus and rail service for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium last Friday? Come speak up about it at Thursday’s VTA Board of Directors’ meeting, in the Public Comment time period at the beginning of the meeting.
WHEN: Thursday at 5:30pm WHERE: County Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St. (at North 1st Street), San Jose. GETTING THERE: Government Center is 1 block north of Civic Center light rail station. Take VTA’s 61, 62, 66 or 181 express bus lines to Civic Center light rail station, then walk 1 block north to the County Government Center. Read the map detailing the Government Center area for additional information.
See you on Thursday.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Our group had a chance to meet the new Coordinator of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Michele. We learned that she uses VTA Access (formerly OUTREACH) Paratransit to commute. She know about the scandal that led to the ouster of OUTREACH as VTA’s paratransit provider. She especially likes the pages on our site that feature ways she – and others – can hold VTA accountable for better public transit in
It came as a surprise that she was going to vote against VTA’s Measure B on November 8. She said that she was tired of all the “measures which ask her for money every year.” We will be working with her and the Peace and Justice Center to help more people learn about our group, and grow together.
One more thing: more on our stance on Measure B will be posted later this week. Some of our recent posts will give you a hint on where our group will go with this stance.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
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