VTA’s Core Connectivity Project explores options for providing mobility solutions in areas that are a poor fit for fixed-route transit services such as those with low-density, poor-walkability and/or street networks that prevent access by buses. Potential solutions include contributing funding to cities so that they may operate their own shuttle programs or subsidizing rides through taxi and on-demand services.
VTA is currently evaluating contributions to senior mobility services and testing a pilot on-demand service in Almaden Valley, which, if successful, could be replicated in other parts of the county.
VTA is reviewing its fare policy within the context of the service redesign objectives of increasing transit ridership and improving farebox recovery. A specific focus is aligning VTA’s fare policy with the design of a transit network that encourages making transfers between routes. VTA’s present policy of charging cash-paying customers each time they board a vehicle discourages transfers. Additionally, staff is evaluating lowering the cost of youth fares, continuing the Transit Assistance Program (TAP) for low income riders, restructuring the Eco pass program, and adjusting the base fare—which VTA has not done since 2009.
VTA’s Board of Directors will discuss a preliminary fare change proposal at the April 21, 2017 Board Workshop that includes a preliminary Title VI Fare Equity Analysis and summary of revenue impacts from proposed fare changes. A recommended fare proposal would be considered for Board adoption in June of 2017.
Express Bus Study Study
Following the adoption of the Final Transit Service Plan, which addresses VTA’s all-day and school-oriented services, VTA will undertake an Express Bus Study to evaluate whether changes should be made to the express bus network. Express buses bear 100-series numbering and operate during the morning and evening peak periods, making long-distance commuter-oriented trips.