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Take a “Daycation” to Learn How to Ride VTA

If you’ve ever wanted to use public transportation in Silicon Valley, but weren’t sure how easy it really is to do, have we got an event for you!

Take a “Daycation” with a VTA transit expert and learn everything you need to know about using public transit throughout Santa Clara County. VTA’s Daycation program is designed to provide travel instruction to small groups so they become comfortable using VTA’s bus and Light Rail service for their travel needs.

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VTA employee explains how to use emergency call box at VTA bus stop

Recently, a group of 13 older adults, took part in a hands-on “Daycation” training, using fixed-route public transit in East San Jose. Requirements of the program include:

  1. Travel groups must be a minimum of five and a maximum of ten participants and be able to fit on one regular service bus.
  2. Trip requests must be received at least three weeks in advance and scheduled between Tuesday and Friday during normal business hours.
  3. All participants must be capable of traveling to/from bus stops, board bus and light rail and use farebox without assistance.  

You can learn passenger safety rules, how to request information on transit service, how to plan a trip using VTA, how to read a bus schedule, how to transfer from one bus to another, fare options, how to request and use the ramp and “kneeling” feature on a VTA bus and more!

Taking the mystery out of using public transit is a big step toward getting solo driving cars off the road to clear up traffic, protecting the environment, with green, environmentally friendly vehicles, and alleviating the stress of the daily commute.

To request a daycation, a service provider or community group can call or email VTA’s Customer Service Department at 408-321-2300,



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