If VTA pursues a more ridership-purposed transit network, routes that would be leading candidates to be decreased or discontinued are coverage-purposed routes located in the low density areas of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and the Almaden Valley, East Hills and Evergreen areas of San Jose. Some of the riders in these areas depend on VTA for transportation and VTA is exploring alternatives to retain their mobility while lowering the per-ride subsidy that VTA currently pays, which generally ranges from double to triple the system-wide average per-ride subsidy.
Where VTA’s “Next Network” workshop will be held:
TIME & DATE: November 18 at 2:00pm
PLACE: VTA Auditorium at VTA’s River Oaks headquarters, 3331 N. First Street, San Jose
GETTING THERE: VTA’s headquarters is across the street from River Oaks light rail station. It is also served bh the 58 bus line.
Special thanks to @CALHSR on Twitter for informing our group of this news item.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. –Albert Einstein
Here we go again. On November 8, Santa Clara County voters will once again decide a transportation sales tax measure for Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).
Remember the slogans of prior transportation sales tax measures in Santa Clara County? “A + B = Traffic Relief” (1996) and “Traffic Relief NOW” (2000) are some examples. Ask yourself: is access, speed, and reliability of public transit better than what it was when I was asked to approve a transit sales tax measure? Is traffic more or less than what it was the last time I was asked to approve a transportation sales tax?
Read on for information that supplements what’s already out there on why you need to vote NO on Measure B November 8.
Our group had a chance to meet the new Coordinator of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Michele. We learned that she uses VTA Access (formerly OUTREACH) Paratransit to commute. She know about the scandal that led to the ouster of OUTREACH as VTA’s paratransit provider. She especially likes the pages on our site that feature ways she – and others – can hold VTA accountable for better public transit in
It came as a surprise that she was going to vote against VTA’s Measure B on November 8. She said that she was tired of all the “measures which ask her for money every year.” We will be working with her and the Peace and Justice Center to help more people learn about our group, and grow together.
One more thing: more on our stance on Measure B will be posted later this week. Some of our recent posts will give you a hint on where our group will go with this stance.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
This weekend in Silicon Valley features several interesting events – despite expected rain this weekend. For starters, there’s bull riding and a Bacon Festival in San Jose. Also, there’s college football in San Jose and Raiders football in Oakland. This transit guide has Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus, light rail, and other rail service to and from these events to help you beat traffic gridlock.
At this time, our group is still discussing our stance on VTA’s Measure B – a 1/2-cent transportation sales tax proposal on the November 8 ballot. This discussion is taking place on our email list and our Facebook page.