VTA Connection FebruaryFebruary 11, 2018
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VTA Board Member Bob Nuñez
Councilmember Nuñez represents the city of Milpitas, where VTA’s BART Extension to Silicon Valley will begin passenger service in 2018 and will bring this perspective to the Safety, Security, and Transit Planning and Operations and Capital Projects Oversight committees this year.
A career educator, Councilmember Nuñez was elected to the Milpitas City Council in 2016 after having previously served on the Milpitas Unified Board of Education and following a 40-year career dedicated to education.
Councilmember Nuñez brought a wide range of experience in public service on county-wide commissions, non-profit boards and social justice organizations to VTA’s Policy Advisory Committee in 2017, and to his role as a Board Alternate last year.
VTA Board Member John McAlister
As a long-time resident of Mountain View, Councilmember McAlister has dedicated his years in public service to addressing the challenges that face a growing Silicon Valley while preserving the character of our diverse community.
Councilmember McAlister joined the Mountain View City Council in 2012, and served as the city’s Vice Mayor in 2014 and Mayor in 2015. In that time, Councilmember McAlister has brought the same work ethic that made him a successful entrepreneur to tackling issues like traffic congestion, promoting diverse housing options and environmental sustainability.
Councilmember McAlister began his service at VTA in 2014 when he joined the Policy Advisory Board as an alternate, and then a full member of the committee starting in 2015. He also served as an alternate to the VTA Board in 2017.
For the next four months, three members of VTA’s Board of Directors will work together with more than a dozen other community groups to seek out ways to improve the Valley Transportation Authority’s financial stability.
The agency is facing a $20 million structural deficit in fiscal year 2018 and $26 million in 2019. The VTA Board of Directors approved the formation of an Ad Hoc Financial Stability Committee at its February 1 meeting.
The VTA BART Silicon Valley Project is reforecasting a passenger service date for Phase I of the project, which will run from Warm Springs in Fremont, to Berryessa in North San Jose. The newly estimated opening date for the service will be in fall 2018.
The VTA team expects to complete a series of required milestones on the project this March, after which time BART takes control of the completed facilities and performs pre-revenue testing and training to fully integrate the system. BART has indicated it prefers to have six months to complete its system testing and training, which puts the likely service opening in fall 2018.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has granted VTA a three-month extension to complete the project development phase of the Federal New Starts funding program for the six-mile BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension. The new deadline is June 2018.
VTA requested extra time to refine design considerations for the two different tunneling methods (single and twin-bore) being considered for the 5-mile subway construction into downtown San Jose.
In an online survey that ran from mid-October through the end of November, we asked you to share with us how you use State Route 85 and what you feel could make the experience better. We received almost 2,500 responses expressing frustrations, hopes, and visions for an improved roadway.
Click here to read some of the more interesting things you told us and how that informs the potential for transit on State Route 85.
VTA passengers making their way to De Anza College have a new and improved bus stop to make their travels more pleasant.
The Stelling Road bus stop at the college is now open after undergoing months of construction for the improvements. The Stelling Road stop services four VTA bus routes: 25, 53, 55 and 323.
IN THIS ISSUE
- Meet the Board
- Special VTA Committee to Seek Resolutions for Financial Stability
- BART Phase I: Safe and Reliable is Our Unwavering Mission
- FTA Extends BART Phase II Development Timeline
- Your Vision for Transit on State Route 85
- VTA Re-Opens De Anza College – Stelling Road Bus Stop
Thursday, Feb. 15
South Bascom Urban Village Community Open House
Sherman Oaks Community Center, 1800A Fruitdale Ave., San Jose
February 1, 2018 Board Mtg.
Approved the appointment of the following Board Members to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Ad Hoc Financial Stability Committee:
Jeannie Bruins - Chair
Approved the following Stakeholder Group representatives to the VTA Ad Hoc Financial Stability Committee:
VTA Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)
VTA Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
VTA Committee for Transportation Mobility and Accessibility (CTMA)
Santa Clara County City Managers Association
Santa Clara Coalition of Chambers of Commerce
Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG)
Transit Justice Alliance
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265(ATU)
Service Employees International Union Local 521 (SEIU)
Transportation Authority Engineers & Architects Association Local 21 (TAEA)
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local I01 (AFSCME)
South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
(Each Stakeholder Group to have one representative and one alternate.)
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