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
As of 2pm, all Caltran service to and from San Francisco has been restored. Service was suspeded due to time overruns from a bridge replacement in San Francisco.
At 2:45pm, VTA paged us that service on the 26 bus line in San Jose on Curtner between Highway 87 and Monterey Highway is affected by a street closure. Passengers need to board the 26 at either Monterey/Curtner or Curtner light rail station.
Finally, service on VTA’s 35 bus line in downtown Mountain View is running 10 minutes late due to street repaving on Vila Street.
This is your Silicon Valley transit update for the weekend of September 16, 2011. This guide will cover Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus, light rail, and Caltrain service to the following events this weekend:
- California Home & Garden Show in San Mateo
- Football games for the San Jose State Spartans, Cal Bears and San Francisco 49ers
- San Jose Sharks training sessions at Sharks Ice @ San Jose
- American Indian Powwow & Market in San Jose
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This is your Silicon Valley weekend transit update for September 9-11, 2011. It’s your guide for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Caltrain service to events throughout Silicon Valley.
This update includes public transit information on events like
- Mountain View’s Art and Wine Festival this weekend
- San Francisco 49ers’ home opener vs. Seattle this Sunday at 1:15pm
- San Jose Earthquakes soccer v. Chicago Saturday night at 7:30pm in Santa Clara
- San Jose Giants’ playoff baseball on Saturday and Sunday @ Municipal Stadium in San Jose
This comes on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. To that end, you are strongly encouraged to stay safe when riding any VTA bus, light rail or Caltrain this weekend. You are also strongly encouraged to report any and all suspicious activities to the authorities as soon as possible.
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