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    November 09, 2017

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    VTA Great Mall Light Rail Station, Milpitas - Photo credit: Sid Tripathi

    Dynamic Testing Begins on BART Silicon Valley Phase One

    BART train

    VTA is getting one step closer to passenger service on the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension (Phase I). Dynamic testing has begun along the 10-mile extension, where train movements will be tested from Fremont to San Jose.

    This is the third milestone in the sequence of events that VTA has identified to successfully provide safe and reliable BART service to Silicon Valley. It also marks the successful completion of the second milestone, static testing, which included all track, communications and signal testing along the trackway.

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    New VTA Fare Structure, More Frequent Service

    Fare Policy

    Beginning January 1, 2018, VTA will implement its new fare structure and phase in elements of its New Transit Service. VTA’s new fare policy includes Youth Fares dropping from $1.75 to $1.00 per ride and Adult Fares changing from $2 to $2.25 per ride.

    With this new fare structure comes free transfers for two hours between all VTA vehicles for riders who purchase fares via electronic media (Clipper®). 

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    What’s Next for the Tamien Station Development Plan?

    Tamien Station Map

    Development plans for the parking lot at VTA’s Tamien light rail station are moving forward, and there’s an upcoming chance for you to learn more about the plans. 

    On Wednesday, November 15, VTA will hold a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. to introduce the development team, UrbanCo-Tamien LLC, and share next steps in building a residential community and parking for VTA and Caltrain customers.

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    The Rebirth of St. James Park

    St. James Park

    VTA is working with the City of San José Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Department to imagine the future of St. James Park in Downtown San Jose.

    In fall of 2016, the City held a design competition to attract transformational design concepts for the park. The design jury selected CMG Landscape Architecture’s proposed park concept, and the City Council gave the go-ahead to the designers to continue developing their concept.

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    SR 85 Transit Guideway Study Community Workshops


    VTA has begun work on a new study that will evaluate potential transit improvements on State Route (SR) 85 including light rail, bus rapid transit and other relevant technologies. 

    The study is one of a suite of efforts, approved by voters with the passing of the Measure B sales tax last November, to reduce traffic congestion and noise within this corridor. It’s projected that $350 million will be available for these improvements, which will be collected over the next 30 years.

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    Monday, Nov. 13

    SR 85 Guideway Study Community Meeting -

    Quinlan Community Center
    North Stelling Road, Cupertino

    Wednesday, Nov. 15
    6 pm

    Tamien Development Community Meeting -

    San Jose Elks Lodge No. 522, 44 West Alma Avenue, San José

    Thursday, Nov. 16 - 
    6 pm

    SR 85 Guideway Study Community Meeting -

    Southside  Community Ctr. 5585 Cottle Rd., San José 



    November 3, 2017 

    VTA Board Actions:

    • Established the VTA/BART Ad Hoc Governance Negotiation Committee.
    • Approved the parking program for the new Transit Centers at Milpitas and Berryessa/North San José.
    • Adopted the 2016 Measure B SR 85 Corridor Program Category Guidelines.

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