Severe rain and high winds are forecast for Silicon Valley today and tomorrow. Because of this, if you must travel, allow extra time for your commute. Especially if you ride Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail.
Based on events during recent storms, be prepared for delays of at least 20 minutes on BART, ACE Trains, and Caltrain. Also, be prepared for delays of at least 15 minutes on SamTrans bus service as well as all VTA bus and light rail service. They may need to traverse and detour around flooded streets and downed trees this week.
On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
We’ve learned the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will continue its tradition of offering FREE bus and light rail fares throughout Santa Clara County tonight and tomorrow morning. Hours of the free service are from 8pm tonight until 5am tomorrow morning. VTA is running on its normal Saturday schedule today, and will run a Sunday/Holiday schedule tomorrow and Monday. Extended service on all three light rail lines and the 500 Rapid will take place until about 2am tomorrow morning. Here’s more info from VTA on their New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (after) service hours.
Need help planning your trip during the Christmas holidays? Dial “511” from any telephone in the Bay Area and say “Departure Times” when prompted.
One more thing: please be good to each other out there. Not just to those who are driving VTA buses and light rail this time of year. Be good to those who have to work in stores, shops, and other places open during this holiday season. Be good to those who might not have the privileges you may have this holiday season. You don’t know what these people are going through. Your kindness to these people may help make their holiday season a little more bright.
Please stay safe on public transit, and be good to each other.
Eugene Bradley Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
We’re now in the holiday season leading up to the New Year. This means people are going out shopping in malls for holiday gifts. Some people and families are traveling to other cities, in other states. All of this helps to create additional automobile traffic on our streets and highways.
Fortunately, we have Transit Guides ready to help you beat traffic and parking woes. They show you how to ride and pay fare on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail for work, pleasure, or visiting others, as an alternate to driving.
We’ve learned all services at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) River Oaks headquarters was restored at 3:30pm this afternoon. This includes their Customer Service call center for transit service information.
Given that, on behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
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