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Judge Doom’s brilliant plan to improve California transportation

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” follows the adventures of private investigator Eddie Valiant as he investigates the murder of Marvin Acme. The motive of the murder is foreshadowed early on when Valiant hops a ride on the Pacific Electric Red Car trolley. “Hey Mister,” says a teen boy on the train. “Ain’t you got a car?” read more »

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New VTA ads highlight expanded service El Camino Real

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) began longer hours during the week and Sunday service on the popular 522 “Rapid” bus line, which connects East San Jose to Palo Alto along Alum Rock Avenue, Santa Clara Street, The Alameda, and El Camino Real. The 522 bus now runs until 10:30 PM during the week read more »

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Cyclists for Santa Cruz Metro citizen committee

Santa Cruz Metro (the transit operator for Santa Cruz County, California) seeks volunteers to serve on the Metro Advisory Committee (MAC). The Santa Cruz Metro Board of Directors looks to this citizen advisory board for policy and operational issues that impact Metro riders. Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month at 6 PM at read more »

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DeLorean Motor Car’s City Bus

The other day somebody made a time machine joke on the bus. I tweeted about it; Erik Griwold tweeted “Too bad DeLorean did not make buses.” But guess what? According to Autoblog, this brochure for the DMC-80 city bus advertises DeLorean’s abortive attempt to break into what they saw as a lucrative market. DeLorean planned read more »

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VTA free rides on New Year’s Eve

VTA, which operates bus and light rail transit for the Santa Clara County, California (aka the “South Bay”), will offer free service on all light rail and bus lines from 8 p.m. December 31 to 5 a.m. January 1. For Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, VTA will operate on a regular weekday schedule and read more »

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Music and dance for transit marketing

Most public transportation promotions seem to highlight the practical, money saving virtues of using mass transit. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (“VTA”) in California tries something a little different with a series of videos with decent production quality. The first effort reaches out to the South Asian population who make up about 8% of read more »

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VTA: Models over estimate parking demand for transit

I’m reviewing the environment impact review documents for the VTA Capital Expressway Light Rail Project in San Jose, CA. VTA plans to transform the Capital Expressway traffic sewer into what they call a multi-modal boulevard offering bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit, and safe connections to the regional transit system. The images below show read more »

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San Jose Turkey Trot gets alternative with their transportation plans

Update: The Santa Cruz Metro Board of directors approved early morning Highway 17 buses from Santa Cruz to San Jose to provide transportation to the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on November 28, 2013. The 9th Annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot will attract upwards of 60,000 people to downtown San Jose in read more »

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Caltrain Bike Advisory Committee meeting tonight

6:45 PM tonight at the Samtrans building in San Carlos, CA. This is one block away from the San Carlos Caltrain station. On tonight’s agenda: Bike theft prevention update. Has bike theft been a problem on the trains lately? Alameda Bikes update. This is the new operator for what used to be Warm Planet at read more »

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Bike the BART Strike?

Negotiations between BART and the unions representing BART employees are coming to head as employment contracts are set to expire the end of this month. The unions will take a strike vote on Tuesday. BART currently carries over 400,000 passengers each day. A lot of commuters will probably be on vacation anyway during the duration read more »

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