Monday, January 07, 2008
Getting ready for the January 14 major bus changes
Recent activities related to the upcoming bus changes that will take effect next week:
- Temporary signages have been placed at bus stops throughout the county showing changes.
- A VTA staffer was spotted on 1st Street and Santa Clara Street to notify passengers about the line 180 changes.
- On board VTA buses, automated announcements were made to make passengers aware of the changes.
- Google Transit now lists new routes and stops. However, brand new bus stops (such as on line 11 on 3rd Street, or line 39 on Fowler) are not yet appearing on Google Transit.
A poster on VTA Riders' Union message list questioned whether the "New VTA" campaign is actually a campaign tactic for a 1/8 cent sales tax that may appear on the ballot this November. He wrote that the new plan would allow VTA to easily reduce service in the future:
Easy service to eliminate:
Line 23 (12 to 15 minutes)
Line 26 (short trips between Eastridge and CurtnerLRT)
Line 60 (midday, short trips between SC andWinchester)
Line 66 (short trips between Milpitas and Downtown SJ)
Line 72/73 (midday)
Line 77 (15 minute service)
Line 180 to every 30 minutes
Please use the comment section to share your observations and experience with the preparation of this major route changes.