Express Bus Program

VTA is Developing a New Partnership Model for Express Bus Routes

This new partnership model gives companies the opportunity to sponsor one or more Express Bus route, and offset the high cost of Express Bus operations. If an eligible Express Bus route is not partially subsidized by a company that route will be discontinued in early 2020.

Express Bus routes that are eligible for the Partnership Program: 101, 102, 103, 104, 121, 122, 182, and 185.
Changes to the route's path of travel, schedule, and stop locations will be determined by VTA Service Planning and the sponsoring company.

Express Bus routes that will be eliminated when BART service to Milpitas and Berryessa opens: These routes are not eligible for the Partnership Program: 120, 140, 180, 181.

The 168 Express Bus route will transition to Rapid Bus Service and is also not eligible for the Partnership Program.

VTA is proposing significant reductions to its Express Bus route service as part of the 2019 New Transit Service Plan. These reductions are among nearly 70 service changes that will address VTA’s structural deficit and help ensure financial sustainability for transit that VTA provides in our county. 

VTA Express Bus Fares and the SmartPass Program 

When the VTA Express Bus Partnership Program begins in early 2020, riders may pay the fare in one of three scenarios:

  1. Pay the full Express Bus fare, which is $5 for an adult. Youth ($1.25) and Senior ($1) pay the same fares for an Express bus trip as for a regular bus trip.
  2. SmartPass passengers already have unlimited standard bus fare ($2.50 per adult) covered but need to pay a bit extra to ride an Express Bus. That difference is an additional $2.50 which can be paid by tagging a pre-loaded Clipper card.
  3. The old SmartPass Express program will no longer be offered, but employees of companies who sponsor any VTA Express route may use a new employer-issued SmartPass Clipper card for unlimited rides on any VTA Express Bus.

For more information about the new Express Bus Partnership Program, please contact VTA Community Outreach 408-321-7575 community.outreach@vta.org

For more information on bus fares, please visit vta.org/go/fares

For route and trip planning information, please contact VTA Customer Service: 408-321-2300 customer.service@vta.org
 

VTA is Developing a New Partnership Model for Express Bus Routes

This new partnership model gives companies the opportunity to sponsor one or more Express Bus route, and offset the high cost of Express Bus operations. If an eligible Express Bus route is not partially subsidized by a company that route will be discontinued in early 2020.

Express Bus routes that are eligible for the Partnership Program: 101, 102, 103, 104, 121, 122, 182, and 185.
Changes to the route's path of travel, schedule, and stop locations will be determined by VTA Service Planning and the sponsoring company.

Express Bus routes that will be eliminated when BART service to Milpitas and Berryessa opens: These routes are not eligible for the Partnership Program: 120, 140, 180, 181.

The 168 Express Bus route will transition to Rapid Bus Service and is also not eligible for the Partnership Program.

VTA is proposing significant reductions to its Express Bus route service as part of the 2019 New Transit Service Plan. These reductions are among nearly 70 service changes that will address VTA’s structural deficit and help ensure financial sustainability for transit that VTA provides in our county. 

VTA Express Bus Fares and the SmartPass Program 

When the VTA Express Bus Partnership Program begins in early 2020, riders may pay the fare in one of three scenarios:

  1. Pay the full Express Bus fare, which is $5 for an adult. Youth ($1.25) and Senior ($1) pay the same fares for an Express bus trip as for a regular bus trip.
  2. SmartPass passengers already have unlimited standard bus fare ($2.50 per adult) covered but need to pay a bit extra to ride an Express Bus. That difference is an additional $2.50 which can be paid by tagging a pre-loaded Clipper card.
  3. The old SmartPass Express program will no longer be offered, but employees of companies who sponsor any VTA Express route may use a new employer-issued SmartPass Clipper card for unlimited rides on any VTA Express Bus.

For more information about the new Express Bus Partnership Program, please contact VTA Community Outreach 408-321-7575 community.outreach@vta.org

For more information on bus fares, please visit vta.org/go/fares

For route and trip planning information, please contact VTA Customer Service: 408-321-2300 customer.service@vta.org
 

Timeline

Title
Plan Development
Phase Date Range
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Title
Public Input - 2019 New Transit Service Plan Community Engagement
Milestone Date
Title
Final 2019 New Transit Service Plan following public feedback
Milestone Date
Title
VTA Board Adopts Final 2019 New Transit Service Plan, including Express Bus Partnership Program
Milestone Date
Title
Passenger Notice distributed on all Express Buses; Email to SmartPass holders
Milestone Date
Title
VTA Board reviews Express Bus Program status - decision to approve sponsored routes, eliminate non-sponsored routes
Milestone Date
Title
Passenger Notice confirming discontinued routes distributed on all Express buses; Email to SmartPass holders
Milestone Date
Title
Implementation
Phase Date Range
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Title
VTA Service Planning and sponsor companies determine route and schedule refinements
Milestone Date
Title
Passenger Notice confirming discontinued routes distributed on all Express buses
Milestone Date
Title
Express Bus routes that don't receive sponsorship are discontinued. New Express routes begin service.
Milestone Date