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    December 14, 2017

    January 2018

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    Meet the Board

    Sam Liccardo

    2018 Board Chair
    Sam Liccardo

    San José  Mayor Sam Liccardo assumes his second go-round as Chair of the VTA Board this month. He last served as Chair in 2010.

    In 2017, Mayor Liccardo served on the Administration & Finance Committee and on the Governance & Audit Committee, where he was vice chair.

    Mayor Liccardo also represents the City of San José on the Diridon Station Joint Policy Advisory Board and served as that committee’s chairperson for 2016 and 2017.  He also is a commissioner on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) representing the City of San José. 

    teresa oneill

    2018 Board Vice Chair
    Teresa O'Neill

    Santa Clara City Council member Teresa O'Neill is serving her first term as Vice Chair.

    Councilmember O’Neill represents City Group 5 (the Northeast Cities of Milpitas, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale) and was appointed in 2016. 

    Among the multiple committees she serves on is the Congestion Management Program and Planning Committee, and was that committee’s chairperson for 2017.  

    She also serves on the the BART Silicon Valley Ad Hoc Committee, where she was vice chairperson for 2017. 

    Fare Changes and More for 2018

    new fare policy

    A new fare structure is now in effect along with improvements on specific transit services. 

    VTA’s new fare policy includes a drop in youth fares from $1.75 to $1.00 per ride and adult fares changing from $2 to $2.25 per ride.

    The new fare structure includes free transfers for two hours between all VTA vehicles for riders who purchase a single ride fare on Clipper® or VTA’s new EZfare mobile app.


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    A New Year’s Resolution Good for You and the Environment

    new buses

    Every January, millions of Americans resolve to lose weight, save more money and stop smoking. Yet, by January 31, many of these resolutions are nothing but distant memories.

    This year, why not make a pledge that’s good for you, the economy and the environment all in one resolution! In 2018, commit to riding public transit. Riding public transit has many benefits including:

    • Less stress – Leave the driving to our light rail and bus operators.
    • Increased exercise – Many riders walk to and from transit stations therefore making it easier to hit those 10K steps a day!
    • More time to focus on YOU – Bills to pay? Emails to answer? Sit back, log on to VTA on-board WiFi and get it all done in the comfort of a bus or light rail train before you reach your destination.
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    Public Input Steered I-280 Corridor Study

    85 corridor study

    When asked to share their vision for improvements needed along Interstate 280, hundreds of Santa Clara County residents went to VTA’s website or attended public meetings and offered their suggestions.  
    Participants were urged to comment on roadway improvements, multi-modal local street and interchange improvements, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
    Now, a study that compiles all those comments and offers possible funding and implementation strategies has been published and is available here.


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    Transit Safety is Everyone’s Job

    transit safety

    Safety is everyone’s job. Whether you are riding the trains, catching a bus or commuting near our system, please be focused on getting to your destination safely. Here are some things to remember:

    Light rail trains are very quiet and their speed and proximity are easy to underestimate. And, like any other vehicle on the road, buses have blind spots. Stay vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and follow safety rules at all times.

    • STOP when you see a train. No matter how far the train appears to be, the true distance can be deceiving. Watch for lights and gates when you approach light rail crossings. And remember, trains may be coming from either direction at any time. Do not proceed until the lights stop flashing and gates go up. 
    • LOOK and LISTEN for approaching trains and buses. Remove distractions such as ear buds/ headphones and take a break from mobile devices when approaching tracks and curbs.
    • FOLLOW all directional signs, crosswalks and announcements from train and bus operators.  

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    Board Update

    Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 meeting

    • The Board approved the contract with Allied Telesis, which includes procurement, installation, and warranty for CCTV systems for all of VTA’s 99 light rail cars.  
    • The Board approved the contract to fabricate and install decals, signage and wraps on VTA bus and light rail and other VTA assets to show VTA’s new brand and logo. 


     Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    Community Meeting -
    Curtner Station Joint Development
    2455 Masonic Drive,
    San Jose

     Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

    Community Meeting - Ohlone/Chynoweth Station Joint Development
    Gunderson High School Library, 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose

     Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

    Community Meeting - Blossom Hill Station Joint Development
    Del Roble Elementary School Library, 5345 Avenida Almendros, San Jose


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