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Weekend Transit Update – 9/11/2021

First, let’s pay homage to those who perished during and after the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Let’s make sure we never forget this date, nor those who perished.

This Sunday, light rail service returns to South San Jose. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will restore light rail service on the Blue Line between Santa Teresa, downtown San Jose, and Baypointe stations on Sunday morning. This will occur more than three months after that portion of light rail was shut down since the shootings of May 26 at Guadalupe Rail Yard.

Our group has also learned that VTA will extend FREE fares on light rail only, until September 30.

Light rail riders of the Green line between Campbell and downtown San Jose still have no current date for the return of light rail service. In the mean time, read our alternate bus guide to the light rail shutdown and learn how bus lines like the 60, 61, and 523 Rapid serve as an alternate to light rail service in that area.

Read on for more to do via public transit in Silicon Valley this weekend.

Know When Light Rail Fully Returns…

Dates on when light rail service returns on the rest of the system will be revealed tonight. Carolyn Gonot, CEO and General Manager of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), will report on the dates when full light rail service on the rest of the Green Line and Blue Line will return. View the YouTube video above, to see and hear the announcement for yourself.

Also, read from VTA the current timeline on when full light rail service is being restored, and all of its phases.

Also, compensation for victims (and their families) of the May 26 shootings at VTA’s Guadalupe Yard is due to be approved. It’s an addendum from action the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors took on Wednesday to help the victims of May 26 and their families.

Read more on the agenda for tonight’s VTA Board Of Directors’ meeting here.

The best part? YOU can take part by Zoom video conference.

See you all tonight at 5:30pm.

Eugene Bradley
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Welcome Back, Light Rail

Partial service on Silicon Valley’s light rail system returns today. At around 8am this morning, service on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Orange Line returned to service.

Also, partial service on the Green Line between Old Ironsides and Civic Center light rail stations was restored today. VTA light rail will be FREE to ride from now until September 12.

No current ETA is available for when light rail service south and west of Civic Center station will be restored.

Meanwhile, do you typically ride VTA light rail to or from Campbell or South San Jose? Check out our alternate VTA bus guide to the light rail shutdown. It lists alternate VTA bus lines that can be used in place of light rail, until full service is restored. That guide will be edited to reflect the partial return of VTA light rail service before Monday morning.

To help get you re-acclimated to VTA light rail, read our first-time guide to riding VTA light rail. Also, read these tips to help you stay safe on light rail platforms (VTA or other transit systems). Finally, view this video that reminds drivers to watch out for oncoming light rail trains and passengers crossing the street at light rail stations.

Let’s stay safe as VTA light rail returns to Silicon Valley.

Eugene Bradley
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users

Major VTA Service Changes On Dec. 28


Next Meetings For the “Next Network”

For transit in Silicon Valley, 2017 is off to a fast start.  In addition to changing its logo, colors, and tagline, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is holding meetings in January and February to take your input on its “Next Network” bus and light rail service restructuring proposal.  Recall VTA’s prior bus service restructuring in 2008 which has been documented, as a guide.

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.