Light Rail Service Restored in South Bay Area

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will start running trains again today, two weeks after shutting down service.

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April 9, 2020, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is restoring light rail service today,  "two weeks after the agency shut its trains down when an employee tested positive for coronavirus," according to an article by Nico Savidge.

"The South Bay transit agency abruptly suspended its three-line light rail system on the night of March 25, when officials learned that an operator trainee had a confirmed case of the deadly illness."

According to Savidge, VTA's decision to reopen light rail transit bucks a trend in the Bay Area, where for weeks the only stories have been about reduced service. The VTA cut bus service on Monday, April 6, of this week, for example. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) cut its light rail service the same week as the VTA cut light rail service, and Muni took further steps this week to drastically reduce the number of bus routes operating in San Francisco.

"Starting Thursday, light rail trains will arrive at stations every 30 minutes, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays only, VTA officials say."

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in The Mercury News

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