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Bicycles and Caltrain electrification

The Joint Powers Board that governs Caltrain has started the process of planning for electrification, which they anticipate will start in 2019. They’re taking public comment on bike car capacity, among many many other items under consideration. Caltrain ridership has doubled over the past five years, and they anticipate another doubling over the next decade. read more »
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Santa Cruz Metro summer youth fare begins TODAY

“Make them less car dependent,” says vice mayor of suburban bedroom community of effort to promote transit ridership for children. The half price summer youth fare adopted by the Santa Cruz Metro board of directors is effective today. K-12 students can now ride all local routes in Santa Cruz County for $1. “We want to read more »
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10 tips for the Caltrain Bike Car

Caltrain is the commuter rail service between San Jose and San Francisco funded by Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties and operated by Samtrans. With 92 trains each weekday and bike capacity ranging from 48 to 80 bikes per train, Caltrain this year carries 53,000 passengers each day, 6,000 of whom bring their read more »
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Santa Cruz considers fare cut; win free San Jose Earthquakes tickets; San Jose Bike Train

Transit updates for Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties A public hearing for a fare reduction! This isn’t something I’ve seen in a while around here: The public is invited to comment on proposed fare change. This fare change will change the fare to $1.00 for K-12 students with a valid student identification card for read more »
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A new paradigm in transportation planning?

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans for future BART currently include an extension to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. Is this an appropriate use of transportation dollars? The map above highlights the area within one half mile of the existing Santa Clara Transit Center. Exclusive of student housing at Santa Clara University, there read more »

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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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