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Finding Solutions for the Unhoused

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As part of the  2019 Draft New Transit Service Plan public engagement process, VTA has been meeting with various stakeholders who work directly with the homeless to discuss Line 22.
 
VTA currently has a proposal to discontinue overnight bus service on Line 22. While we recognize that this route has been used as a safe haven for those without shelter, it’s imperative to partner with other groups to identify both immediate and long-term solutions that best meet the needs of the homeless in Santa Clara County.
 
Last month, VTA met with more than 20 representatives from organizations like HomeFirst, Destination: Home, Catholic Charities, Project HIRED and others to start this important discussion.
 
Questions were raised about the discontinuation of overnight Line 22 service, followed by a robust discussion about how to get the unhoused on our buses connected to more appropriate resources. Many great ideas were shared, and we are following up on those that are most feasible with our partners.
 
Ultimately, we all agreed during this meeting that Line 22 should not be used as shelter.
 
Through the month of March, VTA planners will be poring over the hundreds of comments received from the public and using the constructive feedback to help develop a final transit service plan. The plan will then be presented to VTA committees in April, and to the VTA Board in May for their consideration. These meetings, that are open to the public and can be found on VTA’s website, will be another opportunity to weigh in on what is ultimately approved by the Board. The final transit service plan would then be implemented with the start of BART service to Santa Clara County projected for late 2019.

We will continue to work with the cities and county, who play a critical role in tackling homelessness, along with our social services and safety net partners to identify solutions for the unhoused.

Read more about the 2019 Draft New Transit Service Plan public engagement process here.

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