December 2017 Connections Newsletter

December 2017

VTA Connections

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Decorated interior of VTA's historic Holiday Trolley

​VTA to Further Analyze Tunnel Design for BART Silicon Valley Phase II

bart phase two

Phase II of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley is reaching a critical phase in the environmental clearance process. On Thursday, December 7, VTA staff presented to the VTA Board of Directors next steps to advance Phase II of the BART Silicon Valley project into the final environmental phase and to prepare for the federal engineering phase.

The planned six-mile extension would continue BART from the Berryessa/North San José Station into downtown San Jose and then into the City of Santa Clara. 

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You Helped Us “Stuff the VTA Bus”

stuff the bus

VTA thanks you for your support in helping to "stuff the bus" this holiday season. On Saturday, December 9, we filled almost two 40-foot buses with toys for children in need, as part of the U.S. Marines' annual Toys for Tots program. 

San Jose Mayor and newly elected VTA Board Chair Sam Liccardo greeted donors along with VTA board member Cindy Chavez and others to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys.

From all of us at VTA, thank you for your generosity, and we wish you safe, healthy and happy holidays. 

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Spreading the Word on New Fares and Free Transfers

fare outreach

Beginning December 5 through early January, you’ll see VTA’s yellow-vested Outreach Team at select transit centers throughout Santa Clara County distributing information on the new fare structure and transfer policy.

Effective January 1, 2018, two-hour fares that include FREE transfers will be available to customers using a Clipper card or VTA’s mobile fare app, EZfare.  After the first tag on Clipper or upon activating a Single Ride fare your smartphone through EZfare, customers will be able to transfer within the next two hours for free across all VTA bus and light rail service (except Express Bus.)   

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Progress on Rapid 523 Bus Stop Construction

523 m ap

This month VTA will complete the majority of the bus stop improvements for the upcoming Rapid 523 service.

The new bus route is scheduled to begin in June 2018, in coordination with the arrival of BART service in San Jose. Rapid 523 will improve travel time and enhance the passenger waiting area to encourage walking and bicycling in the corridor.

Construction on the Rapid 523 bus stop improvement project began last May. Since then, 14 different bus stops in San Jose and Santa Clara have been upgraded with new concrete bus pads, curbs, gutters, and/or sidewalks.

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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
4 pm

PAC Meeting, 3331 N. FIrst St., San Jose

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
5:30 pm

VTA Board meeting
70 W. Hedding St., San Jose

Thursday, Jan. 11
6 pm

Community Mtg. -
Curtner Station Joint Development



  • Elected - Sam Liccardo as Chairperson and Teresa O’Neill asVice Chair for 2018
  • Deferred action on Item #7.3 - Declaration of Surplus Property for Great Mall Transit Center in Milpitas and asked staff to come back with an analysis of options
  • Approved employment contract amendments for the General Manager and General Counsel
  • Approved all remaining action items on the agenda