October 2018 Connections Newsletter

October 2018

VTA Connections

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artsy train photo

VTA Winchester train courtesy of VTA rider and Instagrammer @andyphotosj

Public Meetings Scheduled for Transit Oriented Development Updates

transit oriented development

Three public meetings are planned in the next few weeks to keep neighbors and businesses informed about VTA’s efforts to provide transit oriented development throughout Santa Clara County. “Transit oriented development” (TOD) refers to the development of housing, retail and/or office space near transportation stations, like VTA light rail.

Earlier this summer, VTA issued three Requests for Proposals (RFP) to the real estate development community to build mixed use (retail/commercial/housing) projects on VTA-owned land.

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October 2018 Service Changes

october service changes

Attention Riders! 
The following bus and light rail service changes took effect on Monday, October 8.

Major Changes:
Light Rail Line 901 (Santa Teresa – Alum Rock)
The weekday Express light rail servicewill be discontinued. Extra cars will be added to regular trains to handle capacity as needed.

Express Lines 180 & 181
With BART extending the Orange and Green lines to Warm Springs in September, the northernmost stop for VTA Express Bus Lines 180 and 181 will be Warm Springs BART instead of Fremont BART.  These two lines will no longer service stops on Montague Expressway, Mission Boulevard, Stevenson Boulevard, and Civic Center Drive.

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CA Human Trafficking Law Modeled on VTA Policy

stop human trafficking

VTA is proud to have been the model for a newly signed California law addressing human trafficking and how public transit agencies can help fight it.

AB 2034,  signed by Governor Brown Thursday, September 27, makes it mandatory for all public transit agencies in California to provide training for its employees on how to identify the signs of human trafficking and call for help.
Assembly member Ash Kalra, a former VTA Board Chair, brought the bill forward modeled on VTA’s training of its operators and other employees.

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Public Opportunity to Weigh in on Capitol Expressway Light Rail Plans

eastridge to bart connector

A public meeting and open house is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 to present information on updated plans to extend VTA light rail from the Alum Rock station to the Eastridge Transit Center.

Attendees can view exhibits of the project features. VTA and its partners will be on hand to provide project details and answer questions. Meeting details are as follows:

October 18, 2018, 6 p.m.


Hank Lopez Center, Multi-Purpose Room

1694 Adrian Way, San José

(This location is served by VTA Transit bus lines 70 and 522.)

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10/10/18 1:30 PM

TAC Regular Meeting


10/10/18  4:00 PM

CAC Regular Meeting


10/10/18  6:30 PM

BPAC Regular Meeting


10/11/18  4:00 PM

PAC Regular Meeting


Adopted Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Sponsoring Agency Resolution for Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Grant Master Agreement
  • Green Building Policy
  • Amended Conflict of Interest Code and designated positions

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