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 the months of July, August, and September 2014.
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held at the following time/place:
Friday, June 27, 2014
METRO Board Meeting PUBLIC HEARING,
809 Center St., Santa Cruz: 9:00 am
Interested persons may address the Board verbally or in writing. Send comments to Erich Friedrich, Planning, 110 Vernon St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 by June 23, 2014.
Santa Cruz Metro operates the public transportation system in Santa Cruz County. This transit agency allows small children under 46 inches tall to ride for free, but otherwise does not have a separate child / teen fare — they’re expected to pay full fare. Revenue from fares and local sales tax are up 3% and 7% this fiscal year compared to last year, while operating expenses are 5% below budget, giving the agency a little wiggle room to experiment with summer fares for children and teens.
The short term transit plan adopted by the Metro Board in May identified high school and middle school students as a currently untapped market opportunity. Young people who become comfortable with METRO and regard it positively will not only consider riding, but also will understand its value for the community and support it in the future.
VTA Dump the Pump Contest
The 9th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19 is a day to highlight that when gas prices are high, using public transportation is a great alternative to driving that will help people save money.
Send selfies showing that you commuted by riding transit, walking, biking or carpooling on Dump the Pump Day for a chance to
win a pair of tickets to a San Jose Earthquake’s Soccer game plus two free preloaded Clipper cards ($14 value) to get you to the game on VTA.
For contest rules and other information, visit VTA: National Dump the Pump Day.
San Jose Bike Train
Finally, San Jose Bike Train rolls this Wednesday morning, June 18, 2014. We ride north on the Guadalupe River Trail for destinations along the Guadalupe Parkway / North 1st Street Corridor. I’ll likely have goodies. I hope to see you at San Jose Diridon Station at 8 AM!