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New Year’s Eve 2010 Free Transportation

Bay Area transit systems (excluding AC Transit) provide free New Year’s Eve bus, train and light rail service to help get you home safe.

VTA offers free bus and light rail service from 7:00 pm on Friday until 3:59 am Saturday.

VTA will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday and a Sunday/Holiday schedule Saturday with extended New Year’s Eve Light Rail service.

Last Light Rail trip leaves…

Mountain View at 10:51 pm
Winchester at 1:07 am
Alum Rock at 1:36 am
Santa Teresa at 1:55 am

These VTA commute bus lines will not operate Friday, December 31: 101, 102, 103, 104, 120, 121, 122, 140, 168, 182, 304, 321, 328, 330, DASH and Light Rail Commuter Express trips.

More information including Express Line 180/181 here.

Caltrain offers free rides after 11:00 pm New Year’s Eve with four extra post-midnight southbound trains.

These extra trains will depart the San Francisco station at 12:45 am, 1:15 am, 1:45 am and 2:15 am, making all local stops to the San Jose Diridon station.

Caltrain will operate a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day.

Note that Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9:00 pm.

More information here or call 1-800-660-4287

SamTrans offers free rides on New Year’s Eve from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am.

San Mateo County Transit District’s paratransit service providers, RediWheels and RediCoast, also provide free rides between 11:00 pm and 2:00 am.

More information here or call 1-800-660-4287

SF Muni travel, including cable cars, is free from 8:00 pm New Year’s Eve until 6:00 am New Year’s Day.

Additional Metro service from 8:00 pm to 2:15 am from West Portal to Caltrain and until 4:00 am from Embarcadero to West Portal Station.

Extra service on Muni Owl Lines (1:00 am to 5:00 am): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 Owl, 91 Owl, and L and N Owl motor coach service. Frequency shortened from 30 to 15 minutes. Note: Extra Owl service is subject to change, based on operating conditions.

More information here.

BART has no special fares for New Years Eve; however, operates extended service until 3:00 am.

New Year’s Eve BART details here.

New Year’s Eve Free/Discount Transit Service

Most of the Bay Area transit systems are offering free New Year’s Eve service; BART is offering a $6.00 flash pass.

VTA will provide free service on all light rail and bus lines from 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 31 until 3:59 am Thursday, January 1, 2009. VTA will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday and Sunday/Holiday schedule on Thursday.

Caltrain will offer free rides beginning at 11:00 pm on New Year’s Eve. Caltrain is adding three post-midnight, southbound trains that will depart the San Francisco station at 1:00 am, 1:45 am, and 2:15 am. Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9:00 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, SamTrans will offer free rides beginning at 11:00 pm running until 2:00 am. SamTrans will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday and a Holiday schedule on Thursday.

BART’s “New Year’s Eve Flash Pass” costs $6.00 and is good for unlimited rides on BART from 6:00 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2008 through 3:00 am Thursday, January 1, 2009. To accommodate New Year’s revelers, service will end around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, New Year’s Day, including stand-by trains to accommodate crowds throughout the evening. BART runs a Sunday/Holiday schedule on New Year’s Day.

BART coming to San Jose after all

The Mercury News is reporting today that though the ballots continue to be counted, measure B is now sure to pass. The measure authorizes a 1/8 per cent sales tax to fund bringing BART to San Jose.

I voted against B, agreeing with the argument that work on BART, even with additional revenue, would divert funds from other projects that could more efficiently connect us to the rest of the Bay Area. Hopefully I was wrong, BART will bring all of the benefits promised, and VTA will also be able to continue providing bus and light rail service around the valley. At the very least, it’ll give me a nice way to get up to Berkeley for an occasional football game (Go Bears!).

BART to Silicon Valley

BARTThe current BART extension plan calls for six BART stations in the South Bay. Six. Of those six stations, four are in San Jose and of those four stations only one is technically downtown.

The downtown station will be located on East Santa Clara Street, between Market Street and 3rd Street. Another station will be located near the the Arena and the Diridon train station. Some say that area is part of downtown; I say it is a stretch. The other two stations are on the east side of San Jose, Alum Rock and Berryessa.

The Alum Rock station will be located at East Julian & North 28th Streets, near 101.

The Berryessa station will be located in the Flea Market area. The city wants to flatten the Flea Market and replace it with housing. Just think of all the people who would come down to the Flea Market from around the Bay Area to spend their money. But, no! Put in housing so those residents can take BART out of the area.

There will also be a station in Milpitas (Montague/Capitol) near the Great Mall and there will be a station in Santa Clara near the Caltrain station.

With these exciting San Jose station locations, where will we be going in San Jose? Could it be that there will be a great deal of ridership between the Alum Rock and Berryessa stations? Maybe downtown residents will hop on BART at the downtown station so they can go up to the Great Mall in Milpitas. The city will want to get those Shop San Jose posters up in the stations.

I did not mention the really exciting news, the Santa Clara station will have an Automated People Mover system that would connect to the Norman Y. Mineta International Airport! Wow! Now everyone in the Alum Rock, Berryessa, and Milpitas areas can haul their luggage on BART and a people mover to the airport! The ease of it all. Wait a minute. The Santa Clara station would be on the west side of the airport and the terminals are on the east side of the airport. That Automated People Mover will cost a pretty penny to build/operate.

So, you want to use BART to get the heck out of San Jose you say. Currently there are plans for 5,000 paid parking spaces with plans to increase that to 10,000 by 2030. VTA claims there will be over 100,000 riders (Yeah, right). Let us assume half that number will leave San Jose, how are they getting to one of the stations? Well, VTA would love for you to take one of their buses or light rail. However, will VTA be able to handle/afford the increased demand? Are you willing to spend most of your life on public transit?

We could save money by forgetting BART and electrifying Caltrain for a great deal less money. Electrified Caltrain would be environmentally good and the trains would be faster (faster to SF than BART). Not to mention we would only have to pay for the Caltrain portion in Santa Clara County.

Stuff to read: Transbay Blog, BayRail Alliance, and VTA.

Bike, Car, Train

All this week, any form of exercise (like biking) is dangerous for your lungs. Yesterday a garbage truck flies over the center divider and crashes into a truck carrying coffins on 880 near San Leandro. Both drivers killed and 880 closed for 10 hours. This morning, BART 12th street station is shut down due to a bomb threat with bomb dogs and the bomb squad being called in (turned out to be a false alarm.) 

Commuting is getting more dangerous every day.

June 19 is Free Transit Day

Transit LRThis Thursday, June 19, transit will be free all day on Bay Area bus and light rail systems, and until 12 noon on BART, trains, and ferries. The region’s 30 transit systems including BART, Caltrain, the ACE train, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, along with VTA light rail and buses will participate.

This is the last free ride since “Spare the Air” day began in 2004. Last summer there were two “Spare the Air” days that cost $4.6 million. With a lack of federal funding the two government agencies, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, have determined that the money could be better spent in long-term projects other than reducing emissions for only a few days.

“Spare the Air “ will become “Spare the Air Every Day” and will urge the public to reduce energy use every day.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)


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Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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