Final 2019 New Transit Service Plan Memo
VTA will seek adoption of the 2019 New Transit Service Plan at the May 2 Board of Directors meeting. Prior to the Board’s decision, the plan will be reviewed by VTA’s Advisory and Standing Committees in April. The plan would go into effect in fall 2019 coinciding with the start of BART service to Santa Clara County.
Final Plan Memo (PDF)
Changes from the Draft 2019 New Transit Service Plan
Almaden: Merge Route 63 and Route 64, Retain Route 13 as Route 83
The Final Plan proposes multiple changes from the draft plan that are based on efficiency improvements identified by VTA staff and ideas contributed by the Almaden community. Routes 63 and 64 would be consolidated into a single Route 64 with 64a and 64b branches. This combination and routing change saves service hours in Downtown San Jose that can be used to extend the routes further south and retain service as far south as Almaden and Harry Road. Present Route 13 would be renamed to Route 83 and be modified (as was proposed in the Next Network Plan) to travel along McAbee Road and Camden Avenue to serve the Almaden Community Center.
New Express Routes Service Model
The Draft Plan proposed to discontinue four express routes (101, 122, 182 and 185) and decrease trips on four others (102, 103, 121 and 168). These proposals were based on the high cost per boarding that VTA has been incurring for peak-period, directional trips (over $30/rider compared to $7/rider for VTA’s core routes).
The Final Plan proposes to defer the Draft Plan’s proposed service decreases until early 2020 so that VTA can respect the financial contributions that employers have made to purchase annual SmartPasses for their employees. In early 2020, VTA will implement a new Express Route program model that includes third-party funding partnerships that would offset the high cost of operation and bring the routes into compliance with VTA’s performance standards.
Route 22 Late Night Service
The Final 2019 New Transit Service Plan does not propose making any changes to late night service to Route 22. The Draft Plan proposed to discontinue service between 1:00 and 4:00 AM but subsequent analysis of ridership and input from late night Route 22 riders has shed light on the extent to which Route 22 is used for mobility purposes during these hours. VTA will continue working with social service groups to develop housing solutions for those who use Route 22 for shelter.
Route 42 Routing Change
The Draft Plan proposed that Route 42 travel on the southern/western side of US 101 along Cottle Road and Raleigh Road. The Final Plan proposes to reroute Route 42 to the northern/eastern side of US 101 along Silver Creek Valley Road, Hellyer Avenue, Silicon Valley Boulevard, Bernal Road and San Ignacio Avenue to serve community-oriented destinations.
Route 66 Frequency Change
The Draft Plan proposed that the segment of Route 66 south of the Milpitas BART Station operate at 15-minute frequency while the segment north of the Milpitas BART Station operate at 30-minute frequency. The Final Plan proposes to operate the entire route at 15-minute frequency. This expands the frequent network and increases the homes and jobs reachable by frequent transit.
Route 522 Frequency Change
The Draft Plan proposed to change the frequency of service on Route 522 in the mornings and evenings from 20 to 15 minutes. The Final Plan would keep frequency on Route 522 the same as today, with increases in morning and evening frequency to be implemented when transit demand along the corridor increases and VTA resources permit.