Tried to take a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) lately? Ever been left stranded due to the bus being at its safe capacity limits? You’re not alone. The chart above shows nearly 1,400 riders per day are stranded by full VTA buses who pass them. That’s enough to fill two sections of the where the Sharks, 49ers, or Earthquakes play at. Bus lines like the 22, 25, 66, and 68 are just some examples where we’ve read reports of riders left stranded.
VTA has the money, courtesy of the Federal government, to fix this NOW. They also have the money to help improve safety on its bus and light rail fleet NOW. Here’s details on how YOU, me, and our fellow riders can make VTA make it happen…
Public transit service in Silicon Valley – and throughout the nation – is in dire straits. Many factors have caused large losses in ridership and fares for transit agencies like the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and other transit agencies nationwide. Among these factors:
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.
Championship Sunday will be in Silicon Valley today. The San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in the NFC Championship game, with kickoff at 3:40pm. The winner of the game will go to Miami to play in Super Bowl LIV. It is the first time Levi’s Stadium will host the NFC Championship game.
Auto traffic will be very heavy for this vital game. Fortunately, to help you beat the traffic and parking woes, several local transit agencies will provide extra service to and from today’s game. In particular, extra service from Caltrain, Capitol Corridor, and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be available for football fans for today’s game.
Because up to 70,000 fans are expected for today’s game, expect standing-room only (SRO) conditions on VTA light rail (especially on the new Orange line) for today’s game. Such SRO conditions are expected to last until about 7pm, when the game is expected to end.
Ever notice your bus or light rail train did not show up as scheduled in Silicon Valley lately? One reason: the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), along with some other transit agencies in this country, is experiencing a driver shortage. Yet, as of today, no official notice from VTA advising people on this has occurred. This is a follow-up to a post from October on VTA’s driver shortage.