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.
VTA staff on hand to welcome the first express light rail train in October 2010. Photo courtesy vtawatch.blogspot.com
Nearly eight years after its introduction, express light rail trains in San Jose will be no more. At its August 2nd meeting, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board Of Directors voted to end the express trains as of October 8 of this year. The decision, according to VTA, is being done to save between $720,000 and $820,000 of operating expenses.