Transportation

Transportation

San Jose airport grapples with fewer passengers

While industries across Silicon Valley are slowly recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline industry is having a tougher time. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport saw a 53% drop in passengers in early April of this year compared to before the pandemic. Nearby San Francisco International Airport saw a 60% drop in passengers during the...

Silicon Valley transit agency anticipates net losses over next decade

Facing net losses over the next decade, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority plans to spread more than $180 million in federal COVID-19 relief over several years—which transit riders say endangers the agency’s operations. “If VTA does not provide high-quality service as the county reopens, we risk disillusioning our riders and returning to a death...

San Jose leaders push back against bill to change VTA governance

San Jose councilmembers are pushing against a new state bill that would keep them off the county’s transit board.  AB 1091, introduced by Assemblymember Marc Berman,  would prohibit elected officials from serving on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) board. Instead, cities can appoint expert residents to represent their communities. San Jose would also...

BART funding pulled from stimulus bill

Congress pulled a $141 million grant for a Bay Area Rapid Transit extension into Silicon Valley from their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill Tuesday. The grant would have eased the burden that the project places on local funds—revenues that have tumbled in the face of COVID-19-related closures. But local officials noted they didn’t expect losing...

VTA ponders shifting public comment, advocates cry foul

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority deferred voting on a proposal to limit time for public comment on Thursday, following outcry from transit advocates. VTA’s Governance and Audit Committee — Morgan Hill Mayor Rich Constantine, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Glenn Hendricks and San Jose councilmembers Chappie Jones and Raul Peralez...

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