This is a big summer weekend in Silicon Valley. First, there’s the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival in South County happening this weekend. Also, you have two concerts this Saturday and Sunday night at the SAP Center in downtown San Jose. Finally, there is a San Jose Earthquakes soccer match vs. Colorado at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on Saturday afternoon at 4:45pm.
This transit guide will detail the bus and rail alternatives to traffic gridlock and parking hassles.
Huge changes to your bus and light rail service in Santa Clara County will be discussed this week. At Thursday evening’s VTA Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board members will further discuss what VTA staff proposed under the “Next Network” transit service restructuring proposal.
If you haven’t done so already, read up on VTA’s “Next Network” proposal. Learn whether or not it may be made harder for you to reach your job, school, or doctor by public transit in Santa Clara County this fall. This is especially true if you live in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Almaden Valley, or some parts of Palo Alto, Mountain View or Sunnyvale. This is also true if you take any of the VTA express buses from Fremont, as they are proposed to be eliminated when BART opens in December.
VTA staff member presentation at Santa Clara City Council Feb. 7.
The week of February 12 will be of note in parts of San Jose and Gilroy. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will hold the last three (3) public meetings for its “Next Network” transit service restructuring proposal on Feburary 13, 15 and 16. The meetings start at 6pm and last about two (2) hours. VTA has published additional information on your input regarding the “Next Network” so far.
Not only do we have talking points and site information for these three meetings the week of February 12, we also have additional news that has come up. More information follows…
Our group’s first meeting of 2017 will be in San Jose this coming Tuesday at 6pm. There, we’ll have more discussion about VTA’s proposed “Next Network” bus restructuring proposal. That will include some additional talking points for you and others to bring up and follow up on at the public meetings VTA will hold throughout the county in February.
TIME & DATE: Tuesday, January 31 at 6pm PLACE: San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S 7th Street, San Jose. The Peace & Justice Center is 1/2 block north of the San Jose State University Campus GETTING THERE: Read this map of the area around the Peace & Justice Center, and details on VTA buses and light rail that stop nearby.
Bring a pencil/pen and paper with you to our meeting for note taking. Also, be ready to start taking action on what we discuss.
Please distribute this invitation to everyone where (legally) permitted. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
If approved by the VTA Board of Directors in April, changes will take affect this fall.
Public meetings have already been held in cities like San Jose and Milpitas, with more to follow until the end of February. More on the VTA’s “Next Network” proposal – and some of our thoughts on it so far – are below.