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Of Trees, Preparation and Pavement: A Roundup of News and Events from VTA


Come see our tree! We finished decorating our tree in downtown San José’s Christmas in the Park, and we’d love for you to come check out our handiwork. You can see our tree and many others at Plaza de César Chávez at Market and San Carlos streets. The park is open from 9 a.m. to midnight, and a visit to the annual holiday extravaganza is free.

Batten Down the Hatches! VTA Prepares for Gnarly Weather: Although we can’t predict when and where exactly the impending bad weather may strike, we can prepare for some gnarly scenarios that may impact service operations.

VTA’s strong preventative maintenance program allows for good service recovery should we need to shift into response mode. All generators and sump pumps have been tested in case of loss of power or flooding, and chain saw blades have been sharpened in case a tree branch or two interfere with our right of way. Our buses are fueled and reserve supply aplenty, roofs at our facilities have been assessed, and storm drains have been cleared to allow for water run-off.

Way, Power and Signals staff is on standby for issues that may result in downed power, and Operations staff is on extra patrol in order to respond quickly to any service issue. If the weather should impact operations, communications will come from our email subscription service through the VTA website or via social media. For up-to-date information, please sign-up or follow us on Twitter: @VTA and

And since we are afforded such advance warning of bad weather, it is also a good time to do a self-assessment and make sure flash light batteries, water and warm blankets are in good supply. Stay dry!
My pavement is better than yours: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) released its annual pavement condition report. Want to see whose roads are in the best condition in the Bay Area and whose are in the worst? We won’t spoil the surprise for you. Check out item 13 in the report to see for yourself.



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