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The Rider-Aug.-Oct. 2011

The Rider-Aug.-Oct. 2011

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The August thru October 2011 edition of The Rider, our newsletter for members of our group without Internet access, as well as partner groups we work with.
The August thru October 2011 edition of The Rider, our newsletter for members of our group without Internet access, as well as partner groups we work with.

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TheRider
Inside...
TheNewsletterThatMonitorstheValleyTransportationAuthority
August-October2011
MessageforCommunity,NonprofitGroups6VTABoardMeetingDatesFor2011-andmore6OurPostalandInternetAddresses6
Info
On
EICaminoRapidBusServiceThisMonth
Page2
OurNextMeeting:
October
27
Page2
How
To
ProperlyContactVTA
Customer
Service
Page3
College
&.
ProFootballTransitTips
Page5
HowYOU
Can
HelpCongress
Pass
ATransportationBill
On
September16,PresidentObamasignedanotherextensionofthecurrentFederaltransportationfundingbill.ThisistheeighthsuchextensionsincethecurrentbillthatexpiredinSeptember2009.TheFederaltransportationfundingbillistheprimesourceoffederalfundingthattransitagenciesnationwideliketheSantaClaraValleyTransportationAuthority(VTA)receivefortransitcapitalandoperationsfunding.Thisnewextension,whichendsinMarch2012,alsoauthorizesthecollectionofthefederalgastax,whichbringsinabout$100millionperdayinrevenue.OurgrouplearnedofthisdevelopmentbyKeithLaingof
TheHill,
aWashington,DC-basednewsletterthatreportsnewsfromCongress.Thatstory-wherepublictransitfundingwaslumpedinunder"highwayfunding"-highlightedwhat'scurrentlygoinginCongress.TheRepublican-leadHouseofRepresentativeswantsasix-yeartransportationbillworth$235billiontotal.Meanwhile,DemocratsintheSenatewantatwo-yeartransportationbillat$109billiontotal.Asofthiswriting,nonewsoutletinSiliconValleyhascoveredthisstoryinlocaldepth.ThenewextensionwaspassedbyCongressonSeptember15,fterSenateMajorityLeaderHarryReid(D-Nev.)allowedthevoteonamendmentsfromSenatorRandPaul(R-Ken.)thataddressedconcernedfromSenatorTomCoburn(R-Okla.).Coburn'sconcernswerethatroadbeautificationprovisionswereincludedintheproposedbill,andthatthebillwasn'toffsetbycostsinotherareasoffederalspending.Transportationadvocacygroupsnationwidehavepushedforalong-termtransportationfundingbill.Wehavelearnedfromthewebsitesupporttransit.org,however,thatCongresswantstocutpublictransitandsurfacetransitfundingbynearly33%fromcurrentlevels.
If
thesecutsareallowedtobeapprovedintothefinalFederaltransportationbill,youwillseethecutsasanotherroundoffarehikesandservicecuts.WHATCANIDO?LetyourrepresentativesinCongressknowhowvitalpublictransitfundingisforyourbusorlightrailcommute.
*
SenatorBarbaraBoxer-(202)224-3553
*
SenatorDianneFeinstein-(202)224-3841ForyourrepresentativesintheU.S.HouseofRepresentatives,contacttheSantaClaraCountyRegistrar'sOfficeat(408)299-8683from9am-5pmweekdaysforthatRepresentative'slocalofficenumber.(CapitolphotocourtesyofBobbyMikulatpublicdomainpictures.net)
 
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EICaminoRapidBusMeetingsThisMonth
Ourgrouphaslearnedofpublicbuseswiththreedoors.meetingstheSantaClaraValley
*
Enhancedstations-includingTransportationAuthority(VTA)isticket.~achines,somepasseng~r
TwoProjectOpen
holdingthismonthregardingtheEIamenities,andall-doorsboardingforCaminoRealRapidTransitProject.therapidbuses,helpingtospeedthe
HousesThISMonth
AccordingtoVTA,theprimegoalbustrip.VTAalreadyheldtwoopenoftheEICaminoRapidTransit
*
Trafficsignalpriority,allowinghousesinlateSeptembertoacceptProjectistoprovidelimitedstopalongergreensignalastherapidbuspublicinputregardingtherapidrapidtransitbusservicealongEIapproachestheintersection,transitproject.HerearethedatesCaminoRealbetweenPaloAltoandspeedingthetripandlocationsfortheothertwoSanJose.Constructionfortheproject
*
Dedicatedbuslanesalongsomemeetingsthismonth:isduetostartinJanuary2015,withpartsofEICaminoReal.Thisallows
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October18.2011-3:30PMandinitialserviceduetostartonJuly1,separationofrapidbusservicefrom6:00PM,SantaClaraCityHall,2016.Asof2008,theprojectisothertraffic,furtherspeedinguptheCouncilChambersestimatedtocost$216million.Ofbusservice.1500WarburtonAve,SantaClara,thatamount,$8.7millionwillcomeTheprojectfurtherimprovestheCAr(AccessibleviaVTA's22busfromthe2000MeasureAexisting522Rapidbusservicealongline;alsowalkingdistancefromtheTransportationImprovement(voter-EICaminoRealfromPaloAltoto32and60buslines.)approvedl/2-centsalestax)easternSanJose,whilemaintaining
*
October20.2011-3:30PMandprogram.VTAwillapplyforfederalthecurrent22localbusline.Rapid6:00PM,PaloAltoMedicalfundingfortheprojectunderthebusstationsintheprojectaretheFoundation,EducationalCenter,795FederalTransportationsameasonesusedonthecurrent522EICaminoReal,PaloAlto,CArAdministration's"SmallStarts"RapidBusservice.Thisprojectwill(AccessibleviaVTA's22busline,program.connectwithVTA'sSantaClara-andabout1/2milefromthePaloAlumRockRapidBusProjectAltoCaltrainStationwithbetweendowntownSanJoseandconnectionsforCaltrain,SamTransEastridgeMallineasternSanJose.buses,andVTA's35and522RapidOurgroupnotesthatlimitedstopbuslines.)busservicealongEICaminoRealinWHO'SRESPONSIBLEFORSantaClaraCountycanbetracedTHEELCAMINORAPIDBUSbacktoatleast1990.RememberthePROJECT?300"BonusBus"linethatranonlyVTACommunityOutreach-duringweekdayrushhourperiods(408)321-7575bySantaClaraCountyTransit?Thatbuslinewastheprecursortothe522
AdvantagesOfthe
EI
CaminoRapidBusProject
AmongsttheimprovementsfortherapidbusservicealongEICaminoRealthatVTAwantstoprovide:
*
Dedicatedbusfleetfortheservice-likely60-footarticulatedRapidbuslinerunbyVT
A.
NextGroupMeeting:Thursday,Oct.27
Ourgroup'snextlivemeetingwillbeonThursday,October27inSanJose.Atourmeeting,we'lldiscusstheElCaminoRapidBusprojectandcurrentbusovercrowdingissuesseenonthe22,23and522Rapidbuslines.Ofcourse,wecanalsodiscussanyconcernsaboutpublictransportationinSiliconValleyyoubringupandwhatYOUwantforabetterpublictransitsysteminSiliconValleyEVENT:SiliconValleyTransitUsersgroupmeetingWHEN:Thursday,October27at6pmWHERE:SanJosePeace
&
JusticeCenter,48S.7thStreet,SanJose(offE.SantaClaraStreet)GETTINGTHERE:VTA's22,522Rapid,63,64,65,72,73,81,andtheHighway17Expressbusesstopnearby.It'salsoa2-blockwalkfromtheSantaClaraSt.VTAlightrailstation.Can'tmakeourmeeting?ContactgroupfounderEugeneBradleyat(408)888-2208.
 
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HowToProperlyContactVTACustomerService
RideaSantaClaraValleyTransportationAuthority(VTA)busorlightrailoften?
If
youhaveexperiencedissuessuchas:
*
VTABusdriverorlightrailoperatorwaspoliteorrudetoyou
*
VTABusorlightrailleftearly,arrivedlateorneverarrivedatadestination
*
VTAbusesandlightrailproperlyconnectwithoneanother,orconsistentlymissconnectionswithotherpublicbusorrailservices
*
UnsafeconditionsaboardVTAbusesorlightrailAsataxpayerwhohelpsfundVTAbusandlightrailservice,itisyourrighttoreporttheseissuestoVTAmanagement.TheinitialwaytodothisisthroughVTACustomerService.Usethispageasastartingpointtomakeyourissue(s)knowntomanagementoftheSantaClaraValleyTransportationAuthority(VTA)inSantaClaraCounty.
ContactingVTACustomerService
ForallcomplimentsorcomplaintsaboutVTAbusandlightrailservice,letVTA'sCustomerServiceknowabouttheissueFIRSTat(408)321-2300.
If
youinthe650AreaCodeorareinMorganHill,SanMartinorGilroy,call(800)894-9908.VTACustomerServicecanalsobeemailedatcustomer.service@Vta.org.Hereistheirpostalmailingaddress:
VTADowntownCustomerService2North1stStreetSanJose,CA95113
Also,pleasemakesuretosendacopyofyourlettertotheSiliconValleyTransitUsersaswell.Ourpostalmailingaddressisonpage6ofthisnewsletter.HoweveryouchoosetocontactVTACustomerService,alwaysincludedetailsoftheincidentinquestionINFULLDETAIL.
In
yourreporttoCustomerService,includewhatbusorlightrailtrainyouareriding(orrode)andthedriver'sbadgenumber.Detailsonhowtogetthisinformationarebelow.
IdentifyingVTABusRoutesandVehicles
In
yourreporttoVTACustomerService,makesuretoincludethefollowinginformationwhencalling:
*
Thefour-digitvehiclenumberofthebus
*
Thebusroutenumberanddestination
*
ThebusgarageroutingnumberAtminimum,alwaysgetthedestinationandvehiclenumberofthebusorlightrailtrainwhenreportingtoVTACustomerService.
~
ThephotoofthefrontofthisVTAbusbelowshowswheretofindthisinformation.ThissameinformationisfoundinthesameplaceonallwhiteVTA35-foot,40-foot,and60-footarticulatedbuses.ThisinformationisalsointhesamelocationsonalloftheblueVTA522Rapidbusesaswell.
*
1.DestinationSign
*
2.Busgarageroutingnumber(showingthebusrouteandnumberofbusthatleftthegarageforthatroute.
In
thiscase,thisisonthe64buslineandisthe3rdbusthatleftthegarageforthisroute.
*
3.Physicalbusnumber.(Continuedonpage4)

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