June 2018 VTA Connections Newsletter

June 2018

VTA Connections

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transportation in Silicon Valley

bike to work

San Jose Mayor and VTA Board Chair Sam Liccardo and VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez
 on Bike to Work Day May 10

VTA Receives Federal Record of Decision for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project

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VTA was notified today by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that a Record of Decision (ROD) has been issued for the next six miles of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara (Phase II). Receiving the ROD is a required next step for projects seeking federal funding, making this a critical milestone. It signifies that VTA satisfied the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the $4.7 billion project.

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VTA’s BART Berryessa Extension - What’s Needed to Begin Passenger Service?

berryessa station

Although construction of VTA’s BART Berryessa Extension Project’s stations, track and systems is essentially complete, several months of critical work is required before the public can start riding BART in Santa Clara County. Currently, Santa Clara County residents and commuters are already benefiting from roadway improvements, flood control and environmental mitigations included in the project, and economic and land development due to the project.

In early 2019 VTA and BART will be in a better position to project a service date.

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Regional Measure 3 Passes

highway 87

Bay Area voters approved Regional Measure 3 during the June 5 primary election, which allows for increased fees at Bay Area bridges to pay for transportation improvements, with 61% of the vote.

In the fall of 2017, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 595 (Beall). Senate Bill 595 authorized a new measure, Regional Measure 3 (RM 3), to be placed on the June 5, 2018 ballot, that would finance highway and transit improvements through an increase on tolls on the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges.

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CTC Approves Funding for Traffic Relief in Santa Clara County

SB 1 funding

On May 16, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved $2.7 billion in funding for 61 transportation projects that will increase safety, decrease congestion, and move goods more efficiently throughout the state.

At its meeting, the Commission approved funding for three competitive programs created by the Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1, Beall): the Local Partnership Program, the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, and the Trade Corridor Enhancement ProgramVTA applied for three projects that were approved through these competitive programs.

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College Bound! VTA’s Cristo Rey Intern Shares Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom

Cristo Rey student

High school seniors across the country are anxiously awaiting graduation day. For senior Coraima Bolanos Alejo, her enthusiasm is contagious.  

Coraima is a senior at Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School in San Jose. Not only is she part of the school’s first graduating class, but she will be the first in her family to attend college, an achievement that makes her parents and three siblings proud.

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A Safer Way to Access VTA Transit at Eastridge Mall

eastridge crossing

Crossing Capitol Expressway for access to VTA’s Eastridge Transit Center, Eastridge Mall and a Safeway shopping Center just got safer with the completion of a pedestrian crosswalk project.

The project is part of VTA’s “Eastridge Transit Center Improvement and Access Plan” where nearby residents asked for a safer way to cross one of the busiest roadways in San Jose.

Additions to the intersection at Tully Road and Capitol Expressway include a clearly painted crosswalk, curb cuts to allow for a safer path to the crosswalk, enhanced lighting, a sensor to allow for extra time to get across and access to the nearby Thompson Creek Trail.

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Time to Enjoy Your #VTASummer!

Summer Youth Pass

VTA’s Summer Youth Pass is now available for purchase! This pass provides youth ages 5-18 unlimited travel on bus and light rail. Take VTA to amusement parks, summer jobs, classes, shopping, and other fun destinations. At the lowest price ever offered, the Summer Youth Pass is only $60.

We’ve teamed up with great partners for the best #VTASummer yet. Get discounted admission tickets to Raging Waters and Great America, a free slice of pizza at Pizza-My-Heart, and a BOGO offer at Nox Cookie Bar with the purchase of the pass. You can get to all our partner locations by taking VTA using your pass.

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Thursday June 7, 2018

  •  Adopted Item #7.4, Automated Driving Systems (ADS) Policy and directed staff to add policy language relating to workforce engagement
  •  Approved all action items on the agenda


Wednesday, June 13

6:30 pm
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Cmte. 
3331 N. 1st St., San Jose

Technical Advisory Cmte. 

3331 N. 1st St., San Jose

Citizens Advisory Cmte.  
3331 N. 1st St., San Jose

Thursday, June 14

Policy Advisory Cmte. 
3331 N. 1st St., San Jose 

Friday, June 15

Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board 

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