November 2018 Connections Newsletter

November 2018

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VTA's Veterans Day bus

Safety Around Bus and Rail is Top Priority


We may sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating...often: Safety is our number one priority.

VTA bus and rail operators go through extensive safety training to operate their vehicles, but these heavy vehicles can't stop on a dime, and pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers must be aware they share the roads with these massive trains and buses.


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Appellate Court Upholds Measure B

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The State of California Court of Appeal issued a decision to uphold the validity of VTA’s 2016 Measure B (“Measure B”) saying that the measure is enforceable as written.

Plaintiff Cheriel Jensen has filed a “petition for rehearing” of the matter. The Court has until November 19 to decide whether or not to grant a new hearing. If the Court asks VTA to respond, our response would then be due within 8 days from the Court’s request. 

VTA anticipated this action given Ms. Jensen’s attorney has publicly stated an intention to appeal the court’s decision.

This is the second ruling against Ms. Jensen's lawsuit. The appellate decision comes nearly two years after Santa Clara County voters approved Measure B, a half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements throughout the county.  


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VTA Hosts Special Guests for Parade

honor flight

As VTA takes part, once again this year, in San Jose’s Veterans Day parade, a special group of passengers will ride along with us.

The Honor Flight Network, which was created to escort WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C., is bringing more than a dozen WW2 and Korean War vets to San Jose to participate in the nation’s second largest parade of its kind.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended WWI, which was the inspiration for the Veterans Day observance.


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Historic Trolley Ready to Roll for the Holidays

holiday trolley

This holiday season, riding VTA’s Holly Trolley is a must on your holiday to-do list. Bring the whole family and enjoy a festive ride to your favorite downtown San Jose destinations.

Kids and kids at heart will have a chance to write letters to Santa while enjoying holiday music on the way. Whether you’re headed to Christmas in the Park or Downtown Ice, make the Holly Trolley a part of your new holiday tradition.  


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Multimodal Improvement Plans Pass for Mountain View and Santa Clara

multi modal improvement plan

At the VTA Board of Directors meeting on November 1, the Board approved separate Multimodal Improvement Plans (MIP) for the City of Mountain and City of Santa Clara.

The MIPs had also previously been approved by the respective city councils in September 2018.

These two plans demonstrate the ongoing collaboration between VTA and the cities of Santa Clara County to promote multimodal improvements (e.g., improvements to transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities) to help address the effects of upcoming growth. 


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New Rules Coming to SR 237 Express Lanes Next Summer


Construction is underway to extend express lanes along State Route (SR) 237 west of First Street to Mathilda Avenue, which are slated to open next summer. Along with this extension will be new operating rules that will help better manage these lanes and provide consistency across the region.
Since inception in 2012, SR 237 express lanes have offered a more reliable commute for carpoolers, solo drivers who choose to pay to use the lanes, and drivers of clean air vehicles (CAVs) – with changes coming to drivers of CAVs starting on January 1, 2019 when white and green stickers expire and new red stickers will be distributed to those who qualify per new State legislation.


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November 1, 2018


  • Mountain View Multimodal Improvement Plan
  • Santa Clara Multimodal Improvement Plan


1:30 PM

TAC Regular Meeting

4:00 PM

CAC Regular Meeting

6:30 PM

BPAC Regular Meeting


10 AM

CTMA Meeting 

4:00 PM

PAC Regular Meeting


11/16/18 3:00 PM

Ad Hoc Financial Sustainability Cmte.


12/6/18 5:30 PM

VTA Board Meeting


For questions or more information about VTA please contact Customer Service 408.321.2300 or Community Outreach 408.321.7575

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