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New Year’s Eve in San Jose

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Enjoy New Year’s Eve in San Jose, but please remember to stay safe if you drink.

A DUI could bring:

3 to 5 years probation or a fine, including court fees – $1400 to $1800.
6 month loss of California driver license
12 to 45 hours of DUI school
Mandatory jail time 48hours – scary!

Cabs will be very busy tonight and into the morning.
One of the safest places to find a taxi is at The Fairmont Hotel @ 170 South Market

This from VTA:
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be providing free service on New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day.
VTA recommends passengers check to see what time service ends that evening for the routes they will be riding. On New Year’s Eve, extended hours of operation for will be offered for light rail service and Express Bus Route 180, with all other bus service operating a normal weekday schedule.

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2009:

Light Rail Service

Extended Weekday
VTA Bus

Regular Weekday
Most Express, Limited Stop & Rapid 522 Buses

Regular Weekday
Express Bus 180

Extended Weekday
Highway 17 Express

Regular Weekday
Monterey-San Jose Express

Regular Weekday
LR Shuttles-DASH and River Oaks

Regular Weekday
LR Shuttles-IBM/Hitachi

No Service
Caltrain

Extended Weekday
Dumbarton Express

Regular Weekday
ACE Train / Shuttle

Reduced Weekday
New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2010:

VTA Bus and Light Rail Service

Sunday/Holiday
Most Express, Limited Stop and Rapid 522 Buses

No Service
Express Bus 180

Sunday/Holiday
Light Rail Shuttles (IBM/Hitachi, DASH, River Oaks)

No Service
Dumbarton Express

No Service
ACE Train/Shuttles

No Service
Highway 17 Express

Sunday/Holiday
Monterey-San Jose Express

Sunday/Holiday
Caltrain

Sunday/Holiday
WHEN: Beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 31, through 3:59 a.m. Friday, January 1, 2010.

HOW: VTA’s Customer Service Call Center and Downtown Customer Service Center will be closed on New Year’s Day. Customers may contact VTA’s 24-hour Customer Service Line at (408) 321-2300 to access VTA schedule information via touch-tone telephone in English and Spanish.

For additional information please contact VTA’s Customer Service Center at (408) 321-2300, TTY for the hearing-impaired only, (408) 321-2330. Or log onto www.vta.org and click on the blue envelope icon to sign-up for VTA bus/light rail email.

VTA to Text Alerts and Information

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Soon VTA riders can sign up to receive a cell phone text message that will alert them to any unforeseen change in bus or light rail service.
Next Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 visit the VTA website and click “Sign Up for E-mail Updates” for new information and updates.
While on the VTA site I noticed the Adopt-a-Stop Program – visit the website
I saw an Adopt-a-Stop sign on Hamilton Ave. just east of Leigh Ave.

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.

Downtown Light Rail Closure This Weekend

The VTA will be replacing the embedded light rail track in the roadway at the First and Devine streets intersection beginning Friday afternoon 1:00 pm through about 4:00 am Monday morning.

During this time a free “bus bridge” will replace light rail service between the Convention Center station and the Civic Center station with stops at the San Antonio, Santa Clara, St. James and Japantown/Ayer stations. The substitute “bus bridge” service runs at the same frequency as light rail service.

In addition, during this time northbound vehicle traffic on First Street will be detoured west on Devine Street, north on Market Street, east on Julian Street and then north on First Street.

All light rail bus bridge stops, including the one for southbound Japantown/Ayer passengers, are located adjacent to the affected stations; however, northbound passengers ending their trip at the Japantown/Ayer station will be dropped off at a temporary bus stop at Third and Empire streets.

The repair work involves demolishing existing concrete, removing old, worn rail, laying new track, and pouring new concrete.

More detailed information here.

Downtown Light Rail Closure
Beginning Friday August 22, 1:00 pm

VTA Customer Service 408-321-2300

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