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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On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
On Tuesday, all public transit agencies serving Silicon Valley like Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Caltrain, and SamTrans will run a Sunday/Holiday schedule.
All three transit agencies will have FREE service on the night of New Year’s Eve (about 8pm), until early morning on New Year’s Day (about 5am). This includes VTA, Caltrain, and SamTrans.
Please make sure to take advantage of these FREE transit services on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – especially if you have been drinking. To help you use public transit on New Year’s Eve – and any other time – read our new First Time Transit User guide.
Have a safe and sane New Year!
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
Ride Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Dumbarton Express, or SamTrans buses to the Palo Alto Transit Center? Due to a pavement repair project on University Circle, the Palo Alto Transit Center will be closed from August 8 at 4am until September 22.
Learn how YOU will be affected by the Transit Center’s temporary closure below.
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Due to city sewer replacement work, the Palo Alto Transit Center will be closed for bus service until January 27. As a result, SamTrans and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus riders must board buses on El Camino Real and Quarry, near Stanford Shopping Center. Here is the SamTrans bus boarding plan and the VTA bus boarding plan during the work. Staff from both agencies are expected to be on hand to assist those who need transfers between these buses and Caltrain. Meanwhile, Caltrain will still serve the Transit Center.