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January 3, 2012 > VTA Introducing New Service

VTA Introducing New Service

Submitted By Brandi Childress

Starting January 9, 2012, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will introduce twenty new diesel-electric hybrid commuter buses designed specifically for VTA's Express Bus Service. These new buses are outfitted to better accommodate longer commutes and feature amenities such as high-back seats, free on-board Wi-Fi, luggage racks, footrests and reading lights.

The new coaches will operate on VTA Express Lines 102, 103, 120, 121, 122, 182 and 183. Express Line 183 is new to VTA and will travel from Aborn & White Road to Fremont BART serving Evergreen and East San Jose area residents. Express Bus Line 120 will also offer extended routing from Fremont BART to the Shoreline area in Mountain View.

Many changes are being implemented to the existing express routes in terms of routing, number of trips, scheduled times, and stops observed as part of the Express Bus Business Plan that was approved by the VTA Board of Directors in March 2011.

VTA acquired twenty new hybrid buses with an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, combined with California Proposition 1B funding. These buses will be phased into service during January and February as they are delivered from the manufacturer; Gillig Corp. of Hayward, CA.

VTA's long range plan is to replace all express buses with new vehicles as funding becomes available.

For more details on VTA Express Bus Routes, please visit http://www.vta.org/xbus/

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