March 2019 Connections Newsletter

March 2019

VTA Connections

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night light rail shot

Downtown San Jose
photo courtesy @anthonyromanphotography 


VTA Breaks Ground on Phase 3 Express Lanes Project

express lanes groundbreaking

The third phase of VTA’s Silicon Valley Express Lanes Project kicked off March 8 with a groundbreaking event in San Mateo. The event marked the start of construction on US 101 Express Lanes Projects in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

VTA will build express lanes on US 101 from State Route 237 in Sunnyvale to the Santa Clara County line in Palo Alto. With a seamless transition, San Mateo’s project will then extend north from the county line to I-380 in San Bruno.

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Bus Operators Honored by VTA Board

above and beyond operators

Two VTA bus operators were honored by the VTA Board of Directors March 7 for going above and beyond the call of duty when they helped in the capture of a man wanted by the FBI in two states.

Operators Juan Balleza and Michael Grenz received congratulations and praise from Board members, Chair Teresa O'Neill and General Manager Nuria Fernandez during the regular board meeting.

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Public Feedback on Draft 2019 New Transit Service Plan

transit service feedback

On January 14, VTA embarked on a public engagement effort for the Draft 2019 New Transit Service Plan with the goal of gaining input and insight on proposed changes to existing service per VTA Board direction at the start of the new year.
The feedback received during the public engagement process ranged widely. Commenters shared appreciation for proposed frequency improvements on core routes and new transit connections, “I am very happy to learn of increased frequency for route 68. That's going to help a lot of people.”

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Planning for Transit-Oriented Communities Around BART Silicon Valley Phase Two

BART Phase 2 TOC

Busy, vibrant public places with bustling retail. Recreation and workplaces connected, without the need to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Much-needed housing right next to transit station areas - to make getting around the Bay Area easier and greener. That’s the vision for transit-oriented communities, and VTA is currently working on a study to assess how to bring that vision to fruition. 

Thanks to the multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment of the Phase II Project, there's an opportunity to provide a diversity of jobs and housing types near all of the Phase II station areas. 

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gilroy Councilmember Marie Blankley was sworn in as the new alternate board member for Group 4 – South County.


The Board unanimously approved the Transit Speed Policy, which will guide VTA in implementing improvements that will make transit faster. The policy will also provide guidance to local jurisdictions on how to improve their mobility policies and procedures that support fast and safe operation of transit.


Wednesday, March 13

1:30 pm
TAC Mtg.

CAC Mtg.

6:30 pm
BPAC Mtg. 

Thursday, March 14

10 am

4 pm
PAC Mtg.


Friday, March 22

10:30 A.M.
Mathilda Ave. Interchange Groundbreaking

Sheraton Hotel Sunnyvale, 1100 N. Mathilda Ave

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